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The Transportation Planning Racquet: UC Irvine PhD Pulls Double Duty in the Lab and on the Badminton Court

Friday, March 15, 2019

UC Irvine Electrical Engineering and Computer Science PhD Student Anthony Lopez became interested in transportation upon commencing his doctoral studies at UCI when he and a lab mate began to work on a project dealing with wireless communication security for intelligent transportation systems and the future of connected vehicles. “This sparked my interest in the dynamics of automotive and transportation systems,” said Lopez, a native of Redlands, California with a computer science degree ...

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Students Gain Behind-the-Scenes Experience of the New Gerald Desmond Bridge Project

Friday, March 15, 2019

On February 21, METRANS students, faculty, and staff toured the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. The current, aging Gerald Desmond Bridge is a through arch bridge that connects Terminal Island to Long Beach. The replacement project, expected to cost around $1.5 billion, started in 2013 and is set to be completed in late 2019. The new bridge is slated to be one of the tallest cable stayed bridge in the United States. The Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles make up one of the busiest ...

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Transportation Students Lunch with New Metrolink CEO, Stephanie Wiggins

Sunday, March 10, 2019

On Friday, February 22 nd , generous corporate sponsorships sent students from USC and UCLA to the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) luncheon welcoming the new Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Wiggins. This notable achievement is the first time the Metrolink Board of Directors has hired a woman and an African American to lead the agency. In this role, Wiggins will oversee Metrolink’s inter-regional commuter rail network which ...

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TRB Annual Meeting Provides Career Development Opportunity for Students and Alumni

Saturday, March 9, 2019

The annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting was held this year in Washington D.C. from January 13-17, 2019. The meeting attracted more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world to attend and participate in over 5,000 sessions and workshops that cover all modes of transportation and the newest innovations in the field. The annual meeting also provided multiple opportunities for attendees to grow their network and focus on career development. This year, the meeting’s ...

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NAU's Edward Smaglik Reaches Avid Bicyclists by Addressing Bicycle-Vehicle Conflicts with Alternate Signal Control Strategies

Saturday, March 2, 2019

On February 20, 2019, Dr. Edward Smaglik of Northern Arizona University presented results from a NITC-funded collaborative research project which investigated bicycle-vehicle safety at urban intersections and aimed to address conflicts through signal timing treatments while also maintaining efficiency for all user groups within the intersection.     As bicycling rises in popularity and communities start investing more in bicycle infrastructure, transportation professionals ...

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New Issue of METRANS News Now Available (Winter 2019)

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Winter 2019 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] .