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METRANS Research Suggests Opportunities for Improved Efficiency of Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems

Friday, December 30, 2016

  Steady growth in the volume of container traffic at ports contributes to congestion and threatens accessibility at many terminals. The congestion at the ports, in turn, contributes to congestion on the adjacent metropolitan transportation roadway network. At the same time, the highly competitive trucking industry is driven by the need to satisfy consumer demands and to operate at its lowest possible cost. Logistic Service Providers (LSPs) face uncertainties throughout various stages of operation. ...
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METRANS News Receives Wide Attention On Weibo

Friday, December 23, 2016

  Weibo, often referred to as the Chinese version of Twitter, is used as a major public outreach tool by the USC Price School of Public Policy to connect to potential Chinese students, alumni, and parents. During this past year, the USC Price Weibo account posted METRANS student news on a regular basis and received outstanding engagement and positive responses from the Chinese audience. Below are some of the USC Price Weibo posts featuring METRANS news:      “We include news from ...

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Management of Truck Chassis: 2016’s Final METRANS Research Seminar

Thursday, December 15, 2016

  Photo by Kaitlyn Zhang   For the fall 2016 semester’s final METRANS Research Seminar, on November 16 Thomas O’Brien presented his work on examining possibilities for mitigating urban freight via the effective management of truck chassis, specifically highlighting lessons to be learnt from the “pool of pools” technique. A leading expert on freight transportation, O’Brien is Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California ...

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CSULB’s Research on Tracking Truck Flows for Drayage Efficiency Analysis

Thursday, December 15, 2016

  Two of the significant problems in the shipping industry in Southern California are congestion and pollution, caused in no small part by the growth of container volume at the Southern California Ports. Though the pollution problem has been mitigated through the Alternative Maritime Power for Vessels & Clean Truck Program, the congestion problem persists. To further analyze and combat this prominent issue of tracking inefficient drayage, California State University, Long Beach Researchers ...

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Transportation Student Fernanda Gushken Wins Supply Chain Competition

Friday, December 9, 2016

  Photo by Fernanda Gushken   USC Viterbi Transportation undergraduate Fernanda Gushken was part of the winning team in at the Supply Chain Digital Transformation Hackathon - Innovating Port Community IT systems  held from November 18 th to November 20 th at Ronald Tutor Center, USC by the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management. Gushken was joined by 2 other participants, Aysar Khalid, a computer engineer from York University, and Jim Lee, an investment management ...

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METRANS Students Attend California Transportation Symposium Event

Thursday, December 8, 2016

METRANS sent five students nominated by faculty based on their academic excellence, to the 22 nd Annual California Transportation Foundation (CTF) Symposium event held at the Chaminade Resort Conference Center in Santa Cruz, California on November 3 and 4. Students representing USC were Maya Bouchet (Price School of Public Policy Bachelor’s degree in Policy, Planning and Development), Fernanda Gushken (Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering) and David Roachford ...

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MetroFreight Researchers Participate in Urban Freight Conference in Gothenburg

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Seven MetroFreight researchers from Los Angeles, New York, and Paris presented research papers at the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Conference, “Urban Freight 2016: Plan for the Future – Sharing Urban Space,” in Gothenburg, Sweden from October 17-19. This was the second international conference organized by the Urban Freight Platform (UFP), an initiative supported by VREF. "MetroFreight leaders were inspired by the METRANS biennial International Urban Freight ...

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METRANS Expresses Appreciation to Reviewers

Monday, December 5, 2016

METRANS awarded 8 new projects in May 2016 and could not have done this without the efforts of peer reviewers from around the world.  We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the following reviewers:   Reviewer Affiliation Ajay Agarwal Queens University Xuegang (Jeff) Ban Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Xiang Cheng Peking University Simon Choi Southern California Association of Governments Francesco Corman Delft University ...

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METRANS Releases New Research on the Performance of Existing Communication Standard in Mixed Passenger-Freight Convoys

Saturday, December 3, 2016

  Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) have become a hot topic in recent years. When it comes to vehicles, an important feature of such systems is that they be able to “talk” to each other. To make that happen, IEEE 802.11p was introduced. It is an amendment to the IEEE 802.11 standard (the basis of products marketed as Wi-Fi) so as to add wireless access in vehicular environments. Since the introduction of IEEE 802.11p, there has been neither a large-scale field test with actual ...

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BJTU Professors Haishan Xia and Chun Zhang Present Rail Transit Research at METRANS

Saturday, December 3, 2016

  On Thursday November 10th, METRANS jointly sponsored a research seminar on the USC campus with the International Policy, Planning, and Management (IPPAM) Graduate Student Association, titled “Two Case Studies on Land Use Impacts of Rail Transit in China.”  The seminar featured two special guests from China, Dr. Haishan Xia, Professor and Dean at the School of Architecture and Design of Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), and Dr. Chun Zhang, Associate Professor and Director of International ...

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Quanquan Chen Awarded VREF Study Visit Grant for Travel to Paris

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Quanquan Chen, a PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering at the City College of New York, was awarded a Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Study Visit Grant.  Quanquan has been working with the MetroFreight team at the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) under the guidance of advisor Dr. Alison Conway to study parking activity associated with curbside delivery to residential buildings in New York City.  From November 2 nd to 21 st , 2016, she traveled to Paris, ...

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USC Transportation Faculty James Moore hosts Annual Transportation Dinner

Friday, November 25, 2016

  On November 17, the annual MSCE (Master of Civil Engineering) Transportation Program dinner was held in Chinatown near Downtown Los Angeles. Professor James Moore, Vice-Dean for Academic Programs of USC Viterbi School of Engineering, organized and sponsored the event, and second-year MSCE student Nicole (Haichao) Guo helped in planning and coordinating the dinner with the restaurant. This year, the dinner invitation was extended to Sol Price School of Public Policy transportation concentration ...

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Introducing METRANS Student Assistant Eric Tunell

Friday, November 25, 2016

  Please join us in welcoming Eric Tunell to the METRANS Transportation Center student assistant team. Tunell is responsible for writing and editing newsletters and articles, as well assisting with events. Tunell is a first-year Master of Planning student in the Price School of Public Policy at USC with a concentration in Transportation and Infrastructure Planning. When asked what attracts him most about transportation, he remarked that he particularly likes the fact that transportation has such ...

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USC Students Support 15th Mayoral Housing, Transportation, and Jobs Summit

Friday, November 18, 2016

  On Oct 28, 2016, the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) hosted its 15 th Mayoral Housing, Transportation, and Jobs Summit at the University of California, Los Angeles. The summit was divided into three distinct sessions: “Addressing LA’s Housing Needs: Increasing Market Rate, Workforce and Affordable Housing Production in Los Angeles,” “The Future of Transportation in Los Angeles,” and “Is There a Future for Workforce Housing in California?”. Four USC graduate ...
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METRANS Releases New Research on the Impact of Next-Generation Modes of Delivery 

Friday, November 18, 2016

  Though the convenience of e-commerce has changed the way we shop, the argument about the impacts of home delivery on the environment via CO2 emissions is never settled. One of the main reason behind this is the difficulty of creating an appropriate model that is both informative and faithful to real-world scenarios. Sources: letcteachers.wordpress.com & www.kiro7.com Recently, Professor John Gunnar Carlsson and his Ph.D. student Xiangfei Meng, funded by METRANS, explored a method ...