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METRANS Students Produce Award-Winning Traffic Safety Video

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Congratulations to the METRANS Student Team for winning second place in the Post Secondary, Transportation Safety category of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 2020 Student Video Contest . ARTBA hosts this annual contest to engage K-12 and post-secondary students in the creation of short videos in the categories of General Transportation and Transportation Safety highlighting the crucial nature of transportation in the U.S. as well as to inform those looking ...

PSR Scholar Evaluates Ridesharing and Ridehail Programs for Alternative Access to the Davis Amtrak Station

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Ridership throughout the transit sector has been on the decline for years, with the ongoing pandemic further exacerbating the issue. The City of Davis’ Amtrak Station, which has the third highest passenger usage along the Capital Corridor line and a ridership that continued to rise until early 2020, had served as an exception to this trend. While the station continues to enjoy high ridership rates, the use of private vehicles by the majority of riders has led to parking shortages, creating ...

PSR Scholars Identify Zoning Policy Adjustments to Improve Job Access and Quality of Life in Southern California

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Southern California provides a unique environment for research with its spectrum of zoning, density, and transportation policy environments. Zoning policy, in particular, is a significant area of focus within urban planning due to its ability to impact residents’ quality of life. Changes in zoning density policy can improve urban congestion and physical property value and serve as a blueprint to positively impact the quality of life for other urban populations. In the PSR-funded report, “Zoning ...

PSR Practitioner Speaker Series: Wulf Grote Shares the Tempe Streetcar Project

Thursday, February 25, 2021

On February 4th ,  the Arizona Laboratory for Applied Transportation Research ( AZTrans ), the METRANS Consortium,  the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR ) ,   ITS  Arizona,  the  Northern Arizona University Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and the University of Southern California Student Chapter of ITE  joined together to host  a webinar  for students to hear  firsthand ...

UC Davis' Jamey Volker Researches Environmental Impacts of Transportation

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Meet Jamey Volker, a 2020 graduate of the UC Davis Transportation Technology and Policy Ph.D. program, and currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.   Dr. Volker’s passion for transportation stems from his interest in environmental sustainability, his primary interest since high school. “My most transformational experience was a month-long backpacking trip in the northern Sierras during the summer after my junior year in high ...

Giuliano and Lu Present Analyzing Impacts of Major Events: A Case Study of the LA Coliseum Seminar

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

On February 18, METRANS, the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), and special partner University of Southern California Associated Students of Planning and Development (USC ASPD) launched their first transportation research webinar for the Spring 2021. USC ASPD is a student group representing Master of Urban Planning students dedicated to exploring and promoting academic and professional development issues related to the field of urban planning. “We are lucky to have access ...

University of Hawaii MURP student, Farnaz Kaviari, Details her Passion for Location-based Data and Disaster Resilience Research

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

For our latest student spotlight, we feature Farnaz Kaviari, Graduate Assistant (UTC Agent Based Modeling) in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.   Farnaz’s research interests include Geographic Information System (GIS), Agent-Based Modeling, Disaster Management, Land-Use and Urban Growth Modeling, Transportation, and Artificial Intelligence. During the pandemic, Farnaz has been focused on the agent-based modeling of the spread of COVID-19 ...


PSR Researcher Michael Zhang Evaluates the Use of Variable Speed Limits to Mitigate Carbon Footprint

Friday, January 29, 2021

The goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption stemming from vehicle usage calls for creative solutions in unexpected areas. Michael Zhang, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Davis, along with Graduate Researchers Hang Gao and Shenyang Chen, examined the potential of using variable speed limits (VSL) to lessen environmental damage. Variable speed limits allow the speed limit to vary depending on traffic conditions. ...

METRANS Researcher Develops a Strategic Sustainability Plan for Long Beach Transit

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In 200 6 , California passed the Global Warming Solutions Act and follow ed with the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act in 2008 , solidifying California’s commitment to massively reduc e the state’s climate impact . As the second-largest city in Los Angeles County and one with a major transit agency , the C ity of Long Beach has made major strides in transitioning its transit agency ’s fuel ...

Lt. Col. Sean Fazande Tapped for METRANS Student Chief of Staff

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

With 24 years of military experience, Sean Fazande is no stranger to leading teams to accomplish objectives. When he expressed interest in joining the METRANS student team in the fall of 2020, he transitioned easily into the role of Student Chief of Staff where he helps manage METRANS student workers, projects, and initiatives. He brings decades of leadership to this role and serves as a valuable leader and mentor. “Lt. Col. Fazande’s depth of experience and his exceptional organizational ...

METRANS, CITT, and Caltrans Collaborate: 2020 Caltrans Freight Academy

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Last December, the METRANS Transportation Center in partnership with the CSULB Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) hosted the 2020 Caltrans Freight Academy, an annual professional training workshop offered to employees of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to help the state’s planners and engineers connect the dots between freight operations and transportation planning. Providing key information about current freight trends, the training offered insight ...

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Virtually Celebrates 60th Anniversary Annual Conference

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) hosted its virtual 60th Anniversary Annual Conference in November 2020. The four-day conference included a keynote panel discussion on “Decolonizing Planning,” open roundtable discussions, paper presentations, and social networking events. The 2020 conference’s focus on “Racial Equity and Justice in Urban Planning Research and Education in the Face of Racialized Inequality” had a unique objective this year: ...

METRANS Announces Research Webinars for Spring 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

METRANS has had a long tradition of hosting engaging and informative public events. Since moving to online events, we are proud to share that our events have continued to reach diverse participants - now from across the globe - interested in transportation. We continue this tradition this spring, showcasing cutting edge transportation research in a virtual format. In addition to our hour-long research seminars, this spring we include our annual signature event, the Emerging Scholars Transportation ...

The METRANS Mentor Program Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Monday, January 11, 2021

Launched in 2011, the METRANS Mentor Program celebrates a decade of creating personal mentoring relationships between students and transportation professionals. The 2021 iteration of this program features over 20 students from undergraduate and master's-level policy and engineering programs from several California universities. Ten years ago, Dr. Victoria Deguzman, METRANS Associate Director for Education and Professional Development, launched the program, starting with a pilot group of students ...

METRANS Alumni Spotlight Series: 'METRANS on the Move' Editor-in-Chief Danielle Dirksen

Monday, January 11, 2021

After contributing to METRANS on the Move, METRANS’ weekly student publication, as Editor-in-chief since Spring 2019, Danielle Dirksen has stepped down after graduating in the fall. Dirksen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Occupational Science. She is passionate about pursuing a future in transportation where she can work toward enhancing mobility and improving public transit for traditionally disadvantaged ...