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Spotlight on Gateway Scholar Danielle Thomas

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

This past week, I sat down with Danielle Thomas, a junior working towards her B.A. in Civil Engineering at the University of Southern California, to catch up with this busy scholar. Thomas is someone that has distinguished herself for her hard work, ingenuity.  She was part of the winning team at the 2015 CTF Education Symposium, won two 2014 WTS Undergraduate Scholarship, and conducted research in environmental sustainability as a USC Gateway Research (formerly known as McNair) Scholar.  As ...
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Professor Mozumdar Presents Innovative Research at METRANS Research Seminar

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

On November 18, 2015, Professor Mozumdar presented his research on the development of Micro Wireless Sensor Platforms for collecting data of passenger-freight interactions to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Southern California. He introduced the concept of using micro wireless sensors to replace the traditional inductive loop sensors. Mozumdar shared that these micro sensors are more intelligent, accurate, cost-affordable and are easy to implement. He explained that the sensors ...

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TransCasts from 2015 International Urban Freight Conference

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The 2015 International Urban Freight Conference was a unique gathering of world class researchers, industry practitioners and government representatives all working in urban freight. Here are some of their unique perspectives on INUF in a series of podcasts from the conference: TransCasts
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Lisa Schweitzer Wins 2015 Marcia M. Feld Leadership Award

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) awarded Lisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the 2015 Marcia M. Feld Leadership Award at the ACSP 55th Annual Conference in October in recognition of her outstanding leadership to the organization as a member and former chair of the ACSP Faculty Women’s Interest Group (FWIG). The ACSP is a consortium of urban and regional planning schools and departments that strives to promote education, ...

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Cargo Cycles for Local and Last Mile Delivery: Lessons from New York City

Monday, December 7, 2015

Alison Conway,  Assistant Professor, City College of New York, presents research on Cargo Cycles for Local and Last Mile Delivery: Lessons from New York City.  This research seminar took place at Portland State University on December 4, 2015.  Professor Conway’s research interests include the interface between freight and green non-motorized modes of transportation in urban settings. To read more, clik here . The presentation can be accessed from the slideshare website and the seminar video can be accessed on YouTube .
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Lunch with Practitioner Series Features Matthew Benjamin, Fehr and Peers

Thursday, December 3, 2015

On Wednesday, November 4, Matthew Benjamin, Principal at Fehr and Peers, had lunch with USC students in transportation planning and engineering and engaged in a lively dialogue about his career in transportation planning and his advice for the next generation workforce. This was the final event of this semester’s METRANS Lunch with a Practitioner series. Benjamin shared his extensive experience in biking and pedestrian planning issues from a variety of perspectives, including his work in ...

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Fall 2015 METRANS News Now Available

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Fall 2015 Issue of METRANS News is now available. Click here for a pdf version. METRANS News  is generally published three times a year and summarizes METRANS research, education and outreach activities. It highlights METRANS researchers, conferences and other events, recent publications, interviews with key individuals involved in METRANS, and other newsworthy activities and events. It is distributed to university transportation centers and faculty throughout the U.S., to federal, state, and local public agencies, and to the transportation industry. To be added to the mailing list for a hard copy of the newsletter or to receive an email announcement regarding each new issue, please contact  [email protected] .

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VREF Educational Exchanges in Paris

Monday, November 30, 2015

From Chicago to Paris Takanori Sakai , a PhD student from the University of Illinois at Chicago (supervising Professor Kazuya Kawamura), spent three weeks at IFSTTAR on the Metrofreight Paris team during September-October 2015. Takanori worked with Adeline Heitz and Adrien Beziat on a comparison between Paris and Tokyo regarding the location of warehouses. Takanori benefited from receiving a VREF grant.    From Colombia to Paris Paola Cruz , a PhD student from the University of Los Andes in Colombia spent time on the Metrofreight Paris team in November 2015. She worked with Laetitia Dablanc, a co-supervisor of her PhD (supervising Professor Juan Pablo Bocarejo), on city logistics issues in Cali and Bogota. Paola benefited from a VREF grant to spend time at the University of Gothenburg Urban Freight Platform after her stay in Paris. 

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The Urban Freight Platform – International Research Seminar

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Urban Freight Platform (UFP) organized an international research seminar on urban freight. The focus of the seminar was presenting international and local urban freight research on a wide range of urban freight issues, including presentations by the international speakers Laetitia Dablanc (IFSTTAR, University of Paris-Est) and Paola Andrea Cruz Daraviña (University de los Andes, Bogota), complemented with presentations by researchers from the UFP. You can read more about the event ...
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L.A. Expo Line Hasn't Reduced Congestion as Promised, a Study Finds

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Repost of an L.A. Times Article by Dan Weikel and Alice Walton - Contact Reporters USC researchers found that the 8.6-mile Expo Line did accomplish a worthy goal: boosting transit ridership in a dense, car-choked corridor. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) Contrary to predictions used to promote the first phase of the Expo light rail line between downtown and Los Angeles' Westside, a new study has found that the $930-million project has done little to relieve traffic congestion ...
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Students Attend WTS-LA Luncheon, Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ten undergraduate and graduate level students from the University of Southern California attended the September 30 WTS Los Angeles panel luncheon, thanks to the generosity of sponsors Alexandra Spencer, infrastructure sector publicist at Alexandra Spencer Public Relations; Lou Cornell, vice president, Jacobs Engineering Group; and Elizabeth Levin, president of Liz Levin and Company. Levin and BART general manager Grace Crunican, co-authors of Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom, organized ...

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MetroFreight Presentations at 2015 International Urban Freight Conference (I-NUF)

Friday, November 13, 2015

More than 20 MetroFreight researchers gave presentations at the 2015 International Urban Freight Conference on October 21-23, 2015, in Long Beach, California. The conference was established in 2006 and is held every two years. Organized by the METRANS Transportation Center, the purpose of I-NUF is to provide a forum for multidisciplinary research on all aspects of urban freight. The presentations are as follows: Mehrdad Aliasgari: A Cost-Effective Smartphone Solution for Traffic Management ...

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METRANS Introduces New Blog

Thursday, November 5, 2015

METRANS now has a blog and the first entry features Geraldine Knatz.  Her topic is "Public Investment in Seaports:  Have We Reached the Tipping Point? To go the blog section, click on the METRANS Blog banner on the lower left hand side of the home page or go to the About tab at the top of the home page.      

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USC Students Ling Feng and Rachel Junken Win WTS Scholarships

Monday, November 2, 2015

On November 5 th , WTS Los Angeles Chapter will present Rachel Junken and Ling Feng, two second year Master of Planning students at the University of Southern California, $6,000 & $4,000 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate Scholarships respectively. These highly competitive scholarships are awarded annually to women pursuing career paths in transportation. The scholarship is in honor of Myra L. Frank, a leader who was instrumental in founding the WTS Los Angeles Chapter and actively served as a ...