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PSR Scholar and UCLA MURP Jeremy Marks Ventures from Coast to Coast - And Beyond

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Meet Jeremy Marks, Spring 2020 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program with a focus on Transportation Policy and Planning.   Jeremy grew up in central San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood and moved to Claremont, a suburb on the eastern edge of LA County boundaries, where he majored in Public Policy Analysis at Pomona College. After receiving his undergraduate degree in 2014, he opted for a change ...

SCAG's Lyle Janicek Enables Virtual Exploration of Global Transit Systems

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

While the global pandemic may discourage travel to destinations worldwide, transit enthusiasts and researchers can now virtually explore the world of urban rail transit, thanks to a new global transit database, the World Rail Network.    The World Rail Network (WRN) was developed as a side project by Lyle Janicek, an Associate Regional Planner at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). WRN’s Databases and Dashboards can be explored through Lyle’s website, ...

Greetings from East LA: High School and University Students Team Up for A Lesson on the Power of Participatory Planning

Thursday, December 17, 2020

What tactics can planners use to better engage and build trust with the communities in which they serve? How can planners work to help people formulate solutions to challenges within their communities? How can young people become more civically engaged to have more of a say in how their communities are shaped?   From 2016 to 2020, USC Price student interns have had the opportunity to team up with Public Matters, a Los Angeles-based creative studio for civic engagement, on a project called ...

UCLA MURP Graduate Lupita Huerta: It All Started with a Bus Trip

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Meet Lupita Huerta, a Spring 2020 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program, with a focus on Transportation Policy and Planning.   Originally from El Monte, CA, Lupita also attended UCLA as an undergraduate, majoring in International Development and graduating in 2012. She worked for four years in education, including with Teach for America, before deciding to transition to urban planning, with a specific interest ...


PSR Researchers Boarnet and Painter Explore Job Accessibility and Residential Movement Along Transit Lines

Thursday, December 3, 2020

In an era of growing calls for racial and economic justice, researchers are increasingly interested in the role that gentrification and displacement may play in exacerbating existing inequalities for disenfranchised communities. Gentrification is the concept of neighborhoods changing by bringing in new businesses, improving housing, and attracting wealthier residents. Gentrification leads ...


UCLA Professor Loukaitou-Sideris Examines How to Combat Sexual Harassment on the "Public Transit Journey"

Thursday, December 3, 2020

A commonly cited concern found among transit riders is the danger of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a common occurrence in everyday transit environments (e.g., train stations, train wagons, buses, and bus stops). Each step of the journey until the transit riders reach their destination is a potentially hazardous situation. UCLA Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and ...

METRANS Advisory Board Meeting Assesses Top Center Priorities

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The METRANS Transportation Center held its second Advisory Board meeting of the year in November 2020. METRANS was founded in 1998 as the first transportation-focused center in Southern California dedicated to fostering high quality transportation research, training the future transportation workforce, and educating the public and industry on best practices and cutting-edge information. The METRANS Advisory Board includes distinguished ...

CalSTA Secretary David Kim Visits USC Sol Price

Thursday, December 3, 2020

David Kim, Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and USC alumnus, recently attended Adjunct Associate Professor Eric Shen’s “Transportation Studio,” a graduate course within the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, to speak on “the Fast-Changing Supply Chain Ecosystem: Understanding Goods Movement and Developing Multi-Modal Transportation Strategies in Urban Settings.”   ...

Not Back to Normal - UCLA ITS Highlights Ways to Improve Transportation Post-Pandemic

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) hosted its annual Lake Arrowhead Symposium  with the subject “Not ‘Back to Normal’: Mapping a Just Transportation Recovery from COVID-19,” which explored changes the transportation industry has experienced within the context of the pandemic. UCLA is a partner in the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center, ...


MetroFreight Researchers Join ITDP and VREF in International Discussions via MOBILIZE

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a global nonprofit focused on sustainability and improving social inclusion, has a reputation for supporting innovative and creative solutions during challenging times. In collaboration with the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF), ITDP hosted “ MOBILIZE: Building Collective Action for the Next Decade ," a virtual transportation summit with an eye toward problem solving and bringing together ...

Newly Minted UC Davis PhD Graduate Raphael Isaac Energizes the Transportation Sector

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Meet Doctor Raphael Isaac, Spring 2020 graduate of UC Davis’ Transportation Technology and Policy PhD program. This same spring Raphael joined Energetics, an energy technology consulting firm, as a Senior Transportation Data Analyst. Originally hailing from the east coast, Dr. Isaac was inspired to enter the transportation field by a variety of educational, professional, and personal experiences.   “Growing up in New Jersey, I was aware of the fact that cars seemed to be necessary ...