METRANS UTC Research

METRANS UTC funds research that increases US economic competitiveness by improving transportation system performance in large metropolitan areas.  Regular tenure track full-time faculty members and research faculty at the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach, are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators. Proposals may also include as Co-Principal Investigators research or non-tenure track USC and CSULB faculty. 

METRANS UTC issues requests-for-proposals (RFPs) to support its research program. We follow a peer-reviewed proposal selection process in which each proposal is submitted to reviewers from universities, public agencies, and private firms. USC and CSULB faculty do not participate in the proposal review process. Selection for funding depends on a number of criteria, including relevance to the METRANS mission, intellectual merit, and student support. All research is expected to result in publications in refereed journals.

The first METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued in March 2014 and projects have been awarded.

The second METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued on December 9, 2014.  Proposals were due February 11, 2015.  Projects have been awarded.

The third METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued on March 24, 2015.  Proposals were due April 27, 2015.  Projects have been awarded.

The fourth METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued on March 11, 2016. Proposals were due April 15, 2016. Projects have been awarded.

The fifth METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued on March 17, 2017. Proposals were due April 19, 2017. Projects have been awarded.

For information on the RFP process, please contact:

Cort Brinkerhoff, Associate Director of Administration
METRANS Transportation Center
University of Southern California
3335 S. Figueroa St, Unit A, 100H
Los Angeles, CA 90089-7273
(213) 740-4297
mcbrinke@price.usc.edu

Our research program is organized around two multimodal themes: 1) understanding passenger/freight interactions; and 2) achieving system efficiencies.  A series of launch projects were pre-reviewed as part of the METRANS UTC Tier 1 proposal.  The launch projects are listed below.

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Center Topic Area Proj # PI Name Research Project
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 14-11 Andreas Molisch Vehicle-­to-Vehicle Communications in Mixed Passenger-Freight Convoys
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 1-1a Marlon Boarnet Urban Spatial Structure, Employment Sub-Centers, and Passenger and Freight Travel
METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 16-06 Ugur Demiryurek Trajectory Data Mining for Performance Measurement of Public Transportation Systems
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 1-3a Shui Lam Tracking Truck Flows with Programmable Mobile Devices for Drayage Efficiency Analysis
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 1-1b Genevieve Giuliano The Freight Landscape: Using Secondary Data Sources to Describe Metropolitan Freight Flows
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-15 Gary Painter The Decline in Mobility and its Impact on Passenger Travel
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 16-07 Raphael Bostic Sustainable and Affordable Housing Near Rail Transit: Refining and Expanding a Scenario Planning Tool
Caltrans, METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 15-27 Genevieve Giuliano, Sanggyun Kang Spatial Dynamics of Warehousing and Distribution in California
METRANS UTC Urban Mobility 17-05 Phebe Vayanos Socially Optimal Personalized Routing with Preference Learning
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 14-13 Burkhard Englert Smart Truck Driver Assistant: A Cost Effective Solution for Real Time Management of Container Delivery to Trucks
METRANS UTC Urban Mobility 17-11 Mohammad Mozumdar Smart Sensing System for Real-time Automatic Traffic Analysis of Highway Rest Areas
METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 15-02 Luis Arboleda-Monsalve Simulation of liquefaction-induced damage of the Port of Long Beach using the UBC3D-PLM model
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-10 Jin-Lee Kim Route Choice Characteristics of Owner-Operated Trucks in Southern California Freeways
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-14 John Gunnar Carlsson Quantifying the Impact of Next-Generation Modes of Delivery
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-12 Petros Ioannou Optimum Routing of Freight in Urban Environments under Normal Operations and Disruptions using a Co-simulation Optimization Control Approach
METRANS UTC Urban Mobility 17-01 Petros Ioannou Optimizing Combined Truck Routing and Parking based on Parking Availability Prediction
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 2-2 Tom O'Brien Mitigating Urban Freight through Effective Management of Truck Chassis
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-01 Hamid Rahai Investigations of the Effect of Humid Air on NOX & PM Emissions of a CNG Engine
METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 17-02 Shailesh Chandra Researcher Investigating Impact of Crowdsourcing on Smart Freight Mobility
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-04 Maged Dessouky Integration of Passenger and Freight Rail Scheduling