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WTS--Los Angeles Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders with Expert Guest from LA Metro

Sunday, December 30, 2018

On Tuesday, December 4 th , five other USC students and I had the pleasure of attending a WTS-LA hosted luncheon featuring guest speaker Richard F. Clarke courtesy of generous sponsors. (Special thanks to photographer John Livzey for sponsoring me.) Clarke serves as Chief Program Management Officer (CPMO) for LA County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, better known as Metro. Though Clarke’s background is in civil engineering, his presentation further opened our eyes to a possible ...


CTF Symposium: a Gateway to Success? I Think Yes!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

On November 8 th and 9 th of this year, I had the honor of attending the 24 th Annual California Transportation Foundation (CTF) Transportation Education Symposium in San Jose, California. I was one of three USC students selected to attend; Lei Lily Tam (Lily) and Sarah Orcutt also attended with me. CTF works hard to further the transportation knowledge of students and the workforce. CTF’s basis lies in charitable behavior as a 501(c)(3) organization, and their donations include scholarships ...


Call for Submissions to New Journal: Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Sunday, December 16, 2018

A new, open access journal, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives (TRIP) is an online journal and addition to the Transportation Research family of journals. The Transportation Research family of journals forms the most cohesive and comprehensive reference of current research in transportation science. TRIP is an addition to the family which accepts papers on any topic within the scope of any of Parts A–F. It is an interdisciplinary journal concerned with any and all social ...


Encouraging Future Generations: ASPD, Gear Up 4 LA and METRANS Engage High School Students to Learn How Urban Planning Can Shape the Future of Cities

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Adylbek Abdykalikov, USC, IPPAM 2020 On November 16th, 2018, the USC Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD),  Gear Up 4 LA and METRANS Transportation Center organized a vibrant event for high school students,  Planning 4 College. Designed to expose future generations to university life and the world of urban planning while visiting a college campus, the event aims to engage high school students in both the field of planning and higher education as a whole, all the ...


VREF - Opportunity for 2019 Study Visit Grant

Friday, December 14, 2018

An invitation to apply for 2019 Study Visit Grants has been made by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF). PhD students and early stage researchers are encouraged to apply. The invitation is continuously open until October 31st, 2019, and the study visit should be carried out before December 31st, 2019. The link below provides guidelines for the application, and information on VREF and the Future Urban Transport (FUT) program. VREF Study Visit Grants Guidelines Visit the VREF Website for details  


Trade Talks - GIS Changing the World with Terry Bills

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Thomas O'Brien, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation, and Terry Bills, the Global Transportation Industry Director at Esri, discuss the underpinnings of GIS technology in this episode of Trade Talks.  Esri is the global market leader in GIS headquartered in Redlands, California, and Terry Bills is responsible for all of Esri's transportation infrastructure segments worldwide.


UCLA Professor Donald Shoup Presents a New Perspective on Parking

Saturday, December 8, 2018

On Wednesday, November 14th, METRANS welcomed Professor Donald Shoup to the USC Price School of Public Policy to host the final METRANS Transportation Research Seminar of the term, titled Parking and The City . Even before the seminar, the lecture hall was standing room only, and full of excitement and buzz as people waited for the rock star of parking. “I regularly attend lectures held by METRANS. While all have been useful, there were a record number of attendees at this one!” shared ...


Dr. Jon Coleman Shares Ford's Vision for the Future of Mobility

Monday, December 3, 2018

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, METRANS held its annual Industry Outlook event of the year featuring Dr. Jon Coleman, Director of City Solutions for Ford Smart Mobility, LLC. Dr. Coleman began his presentation, titled The Future of Mobility: Access, Not ACES , by sharing that although he has been to Los Angeles many times, this was his first time at USC. Dr. Coleman has led Ford’s mobility policy and strategy efforts to engage municipalities in the implementation of solutions for nearly 20 ...


METRANS' influence on policy and practice

Friday, November 30, 2018

METRANS Celebrates 20 Years of Research This article is part of an ongoing series that describes research accomplishments and achievements of the METRANS Transportation Center in recognition of its 20 th Anniversary. The author is Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, the Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Director of the METRANS joint USC and California State University Long Beach Transportation ...


An Interview with Recent Price PhD Grad Seva Rodnyansky

Saturday, November 24, 2018

METRANS on the MOVE recently interviewed Seva Rodnyansky, a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy within the Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans (BIFYA) and recent Price doctoral graduate, about his academic experiences before, during, and after Price and the trajectory of his career. Rodnyansky obtained a Bachelor’s degree, or three, from Northwestern University in 2009, with a triple-major of Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, ...


The Transportation Marketplace: A Real-time System in Support of Dynamic Ridesharing

Monday, November 19, 2018

METRANS Celebrates 20 Years of Research This article is part of an ongoing series that describes research accomplishments and achievements of the METRANS Transportation Center in recognition of its 20 th Anniversary. The author is Dr. Maged Dessouky, Professor and Chair of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, ...


We are Hiring Postdocs

Monday, November 19, 2018

METRANS is hiring post docs at USC! We are pleased to announce that we have two open position for postdoctoral researchers.  These are positions at the University of Southern California. Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate – Transportation Access to Health Services APPLY The METRANS Transportation Center and the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is seeking candidates for a one year, renewable for a second year, full-time Postdoctoral Research position. ...


Announcing New Issue of Transfers

Monday, November 19, 2018

    Transfers Magazine is the biannual research publication of the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center. The latest issue features articles from scholars at UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa on critical questions facing transportation policy. What makes a good new driver? Does light rail really reduce traffic? How can coastal cities create better evacuation plans to deal with the increased threats of climate change? Why do parking requirements stand in the way of more affordable, flexible "granny flat" housing? Each article is a condensed, accessible version of peer-reviewed academic research, intended to transfer the knowledge of experts into policy actions that improve people’s lives. Click here for the most recent issue


IDEO's Jonah Houston Speaks on the Future of Urban Mobility

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Despite the numerous ways that transportation has reinvented itself, it still has not solved the problem of moving people efficiently over short distances. In a seminar held at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis on November 2, transportation leading mobility innovation expert discussed some emerging forms of transportation that will make us re-evaluate how we move in dense, urban environments.   Jonah Houston, Senior Portfolio Lead at IDEO’s Transportation and Mobility ...


Price MPL Receives Coveted James Cowen Scholarship

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Second-year Price MPL Jared Bendifallah is the 2018 recipient of the James “Jim” Cowen Scholarship from the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF), the philanthropy affiliate of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).   This is only the second year that this scholarship has been offered, given in memory of a giant of the transit industry who had a long career in transit management, including contributions to the BART system in the San Francisco Bay area, the MAX ...