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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...