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:

Victoria Valentine Deguzman, Associate Director
METRANS Transportation Center
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
RGL 107
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626

213.821.1025

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.

For a searchable database of all METRANS UTC research, use the following search filter.

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Center Topic Area Proj # PI Name Research Project
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems USC 2-1b Petros Ioannou

Design and Evaluation of Impact of Traffic Light Priority for Trucks on Traffic Flow

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems USC 2-1a Maged Dessouky

Efficiencies in Freight & Passenger Routing & Scheduling

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems USC 1-1b Genevieve Giuliano

The Freight Landscape: Using Secondary Data Sources to Describe Metropolitan Freight Flows

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems USC 1-1a Marlon Boarnet

Urban Spatial Structure, Employment Sub-Centers, and Passenger and Freight Travel

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems CSULB 2-2 Tom O'Brien

Mitigating Urban Freight through Effective Management of Truck Chassis

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems CSULB 1-3a Shui Lam

Tracking Truck Flows with Programmable Mobile Devices for Drayage Efficiency Analysis

METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 17-15 Genevieve Giuliano Economic Competitiveness, Definitions, and Metrics
METRANS UTC Urban Mobility 17-14 Jinwon Kim Measuring Congestion Costs of Car Commuters and Their Determinants: A Counterfactual Approach
METRANS UTC Urban Mobility 17-11 Mohammad Mozumdar Smart Sensing System for Real-time Automatic Traffic Analysis of Highway Rest Areas
METRANS UTC Urban Mobility 17-09 Tridib Banerjee Institutional Response to Transit Oriented Development in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area: Understanding Local Differences Through the Prism of Density, Diversity, and Design
METRANS UTC Urban Mobility 17-05 Phebe Vayanos Socially Optimal Personalized Routing with Preference Learning
METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 17-02 Shailesh Chandra Researcher Investigating Impact of Crowdsourcing on Smart Freight Mobility
METRANS UTC Urban Mobility 17-01 Petros Ioannou Optimizing Combined Truck Routing and Parking based on Parking Availability Prediction
METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 16-17 Genevieve Giuliano Assessment of Freight System Efficiency Measure: GDP/GHG
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 16-16 Ketan Savla A Computational Framework for Data-Driven Distributed Resilient Control of Traffic Corridors
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 16-13 Mohammad Mozumdar Fine grained "automatic vehicle classification" system development for accurately measuring passenger-freight interactions
METRANS UTC Urban Mobility 16-08 Gary Painter Innovation on Job Accessibility with General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Data
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
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 16-05 Shailesh Chandra Researcher Evaluating Economic Mobility and Resilience of Multimodal Freight Operations in a Connected Vehicle Environment