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LA Metro FY2023 Budget Signals Commitments to Public Safety, Equity

Monday, June 27, 2022

On May 26, 2022, the Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors voted to approve the agency’s $8.8 billion budget proposal for FY23. In addition to providing funding for transit service and two new rail lines - the K Line (Crenshaw/LAX) Phase I Extension and Regional Connector project - this year’s budget proposal reflects an agency-wide commitment to improving public safety.   The proposal includes an overall 12.5% budget increase in public safety expenditures since the previous ...

USC Price PhD Student Sue Dexter Wins Big at SCAG Regional Conference

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Sue Dexter, an urban planning and development PhD candidate in USC’s Sol Price School, won a prize of $1000 as a runner-up in a student showcase competition held by The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).   SCAG, a metropolitan planning agency that spans six Southern California counties, held the competition during its annual regional conference, which occurred in Palm Springs from May 5th to May 6th this year.   To participate in the showcase ...

USC THRIVE Program Helps FIT Attendees Open Up

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Over the past year, the METRANS K-12 Futures in Transportation (FIT) Program provided participating students from the USC Hybrid High School with various enrichment opportunities. One such program was a pair of THRIVE workshops which gave the high schoolers a chance to engage with their classmates at a deeper level.   THRIVE is a collaboration between USC’s undergraduate student government, Campus Wellbeing and Education (CWE), and the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational ...

METRANS Student Correspondent Hayley Rundle Masters Urban Planning

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Join us in congratulating newly minted Master of Urban Planning, METRANS News Correspondent Hayley Rundle.  While working toward her master’s degree, Rundle served as our lead writer at METRANS, specializing in covering complex topics in transportation research.  In addition to her work with METRANS, she was an active member of the Associated Students of Planning & Development (ASPD) for both of her years at USC. During her first year, she served as the First-Year Representative ...

USC's Madeline Sellinger tapped to Lead Fast Facts

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Join us in congratulating USC undergraduate, Madeline Sellinger, for being selected to lead the METRANS Fast Facts transportation research briefs team this summer.  Fast Facts research briefs are cutting edge research summaries, created for students, by students and distributed broadly to make transportation research accessible to a broad audience.  Read more about Fast Facts here: .   Madeline is a rising junior ...

PSR Hosts Seminar on Balancing of Truck Parking Demand by a Centralized Incentives/Pricing System

Thursday, May 12, 2022

On Tuesday, April 12 th , the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR) hosted Professor Petros Ioannou for a seminar on the challenges of truck parking. Titles “Balancing of Truck Parking Demand by a Centralized Incentives/Parking System,” the seminar featured METRANS-funded research from Dr. Ioannou and USC Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD student Filipe Vital. Dr. Ioannou is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the USC Viterbi ...


2022 California-Hawai'i Transportation Symposium: The Significance of Synergy 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The California (CA)- Hawai’i (HI) Transportation Symposium was held virtually on March 23rd, in conjunction with the 2022 Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR UTC) Congress: Lessons Learned in Vulnerability, Resilience, and Recovery. The symposium consisted of insightful presentations about the themes of infrastructure resiliency and sustainable mobility. Expert practitioners from both states engaged in a critical discussion to share knowledge via panels on freight ...

PSR Congress 2022: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic for Sustainable Growth in Transportation

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The fifth Annual Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR-UTC) Congress was held in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Congress took place from March 21-23, 2022, at the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The global crisis has exposed critical issues facing transportation systems throughout the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR). Recognizing the significance of the pandemic's impacts, the themes of this year's Congress centered ...

UC Davis Researchers present Transportation Equity Research

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

On March 9, 2022, researchers Sarah Rebolloso McCullough and C. Sequoia Erasmus gave a virtual presentation on the status of transportation equity work in California as part of METRANS NCST Spring 2022 Speaker Series. The presentation was titled “Performative or Authentic? Assessing the Status of Transportation Equity Work in California.”  Seminar collaborators also included the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee (AME20), Women and Gender in Transportation and the ...

PSR Hosts Seminar on Inequities in Vehicular Air Pollution in Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

On Wednesday, March 30 th , the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR) hosted Professor Geoff Boeing and USC Urban Planning and Development PhD students Yougeng Lu and Clemens Pilgram for a seminar on the environmental justice issues of vehicle pollution. Titled “Local Inequities in the Relative Production of and Exposure to Vehicular Air Pollution in Los Angeles,” the seminar featured METRANS-funded research from Dr. Boeing and his team. Dr. Boeing is an Assistant ...

USC's Jessica Brown wins NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

On February 16, 2022, the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) hosted a ceremony at its annual summit in New York city to celebrate recipients of the organization’s award and scholarship recipients. Among those that night was USC civil engineering major and METRANS Mentor Program Lead Jessica Brown, who received one of the NCSEA’s Diversity in Structural Engineering scholarships.   Jessica Brown accepting her award at the Structural Engineering ...

USC Hosts, UCI Wins So Cal ITE Traffic Bowl 2022

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

On February 26, 2022, the Southern California Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) held its annual Traffic Bowl competition. The virtual event was hosted by the University of Southern California (USC) chapter and featured ITE chapters from five universities in Southern California: Cal Poly Pomona, California State University Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton), University of California Irvine (UCI), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and USC.      ...