National Center Research

METRANS conducts research on sustainable freight transportation as part of NCST.  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 issues requests-for-proposals (RFPs) to support its NCST 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 NCST mission, intellectual merit, and student support. All research is expected to result in publications in refereed journals.

The first METRANS NCST RFP was issued (in conjunction with the third METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP) on March 24, 2015.  Proposals were due on April 27, 2015.  Projects were awarded.  

The second METRANS NCST RFP was issued (in conjunction with the fourth METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP) on March 11, 2016. Proposals were due on April 15, 2016. Projects were awarded.

The third METRANS NCST RFP was issued (in conjunction with the second Pacific Southwest Region UTC RFP) on March 12, 2018. Proposals were due on April 13, 2018.

The fourth METRANS NCST RFP was issued on October 15, 2018. Proposals were due on January 7, 2019.

The fifth METRANS NCST RFP was issued on February 15, 2019. Proposals are due on March 15, 2019. A NCST Proposal Template is also available.

For information on the RFP process, please contact:

Cort Brinkerhoff, Associate Director of Administration
METRANS Transportation Center
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
3335 S. Figueroa Street
Unit A, 100H
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
(213) 740-4297

For information on the full NCST research program, see UC Davis National Center for Sustainable Transportation.  See more at: http://ncst.ucdavis.edu/research/

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
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 17-04 Anastasios Chassiakos Dynamic Scheduling of Chassis Movements with Chassis Processing Facilities in the Loop
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 14-23 Maged Dessouky

Routing Strategies for Efficient Deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles for Freight Delivery

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight TO-036 Genevieve Giuliano Framework for Developing Economic Competitiveness Measures for the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight DOT-004 Petros Ioannou Reducing Truck Emissions and Improving Truck Fuel Economy via Intelligent Transportation System Technologies
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight TO-035 Genevieve Giuliano Managing the Impacts of Freight in California
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight DOT-014 Tom O'Brien Changing Workforce Development Needs for Regional Transportation Planning Agencies in California
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight TO-004 Genevieve Giuliano, Sanggyun Kang

Spatial Dynamics of the Logistics Industry and Implications for Freight Flows

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight TO-005 Marlon Boarnet Urban Spatial Structure and the Potential for VMT Reduction
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight TO-021-a Tom O'Brien Freight Efficiency Strategies: Planning and Policy
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight CEC-01 Petros Ioannou Traffic Flow Models and Impact of Combined Lane Change and Speed Limit Control on Environment in Case of High Truck Traffic Volumes
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight TO-021-b Tom O'Brien Freight Efficiency Strategies: Operational Modernization at Distribution Nodes
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 15-22 Xiaolong Wu

White Paper on Introducing the Resilience into the State Transportation Network

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 3-1a Maged Dessouky Integrated Management of Truck and Rail Systems in Los Angeles
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 15-23 Shadi Saadeh

Sustainable Mitigation of Stormwater Runoff through Fully Permeable Pavement

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 15-24 Anastasios Chassiakos Analysis and Optimization Methods for Centralized Processing of Chassis
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 1-2a Petros Ioannou Modeling for Local Impact Analysis
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 15-28 Maged Dessouky Congestion Reduction through Efficient Empty Container Movement
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight TO-021-c Genevieve Giuliano White Papers on Emission Reducing Efficiency Strategies to Incorporate into the C
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-25 Raphael Bostic White Paper on The Sustainability of Building Affordable Housing in Transit Oriented Developments (TODs)
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-26 Marlon Boarnet

Sustainability and Displacement: Assessing the Spatial Pattern of Residential Moves near Rail Transit