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PSR Researcher Maged Dessouky Examines Cost-Sharing Mechanisms to Encourage Ridesharing

Friday, October 30, 2020

One phenomena of the modern era is the increasing connectivity of individuals to their surroundings—as well as to each other. Noteworthy leaps in navigation technology, such as a growing number of people with GPS in their pocket via their mobile phones, have allowed dynamic industries like ridesharing to emerge.   With increased connectivity, ridesharing has become more real-time, flexible, and user-based as individuals are increasingly able to adapt their routes and coordinate ...


METRANS, PSR, TRB Committees Host Goulias for Travel Behavior Research Webinar

Thursday, October 1, 2020

On September 24, 2020, METRANS, the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) and the TRB Standing Committee AME20, Women and Gender in Transportation, launched their respective Fall 2020 Webinar Series with a collaborative event. Titled “Taxonomy of Daily Travel and Time Use Patterns Using Sequence Analysis to Explore Schedule Fragmentation and Gender Roles,” this first event showcased the travel behavior research ...


PSR Students Win CPF Scholarships

Friday, September 25, 2020

Sixteen students from Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) University Transportation Center partner universities, including two METRANS student workers, were recently awarded California Planning Foundation scholarships.   The California Planning Foundation (CPF) was established by the American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter in 1970, with the goal of furthering the planning profession within the state of California. The Foundation generously awarded scholarships to a total of ...


Dr. Oceana Francis Develops a Training Program on Stormwater Issues and Best Practices in Management Design

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The United States is increasingly becoming an urbanized nation. According to the most recent U.S. Census estimates, approximately 80% of the U.S. population lives in urban areas. Urban populations rely on robust infrastructure systems of transportation, utility services, housing, and more. As regions become progressively developed, water systems such as rivers and streams are diverted, channeled, or cut off and replaced with impervious surfaces such as roads, ...

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METRANS Researcher Spotlight: Jiawen Fang 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

METRANS researcher Jiawen Fang focuses her work on sustainable freight and the social and environmental impacts of innovative technological interruptions such as Amazon Lockers, truck electrification, and ride-sharing platforms. Jiawen's academic journey started in Peking University in China where she received a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning with a special interest in spatial analysis. She is currently pursuing the Spatial Analytics Certificate with a concentration on advanced ...


Dr. Miguel Jaller Examines the Reshaping Potential of the 3 Revolutions of Transportation on the Freight Industry

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The mobility of people and goods has shifted as new and innovative technology transforms the transportation industry. The "Three Revolutions in Transportation" (3REV) has seen the inclusion of new technology like electric vehicles, automated and connectivity features in personal vehicles, and ubiquitous rideshare platforms that have radically altered the options available to travelers. While such changes have been seen in many sectors of the transportation industry, the freight sector has fallen ...


METRANS Researchers Ioannou & Monteiro Shape the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Autonomous vehicle technology is rapidly progressing, with many leading automotive manufacturers announcing their intent to bring vehicles that allow for autonomous driving to the market in upcoming years [1]. One major motivation in introducing autonomous vehicles to the general public is a projected reduction of fatal traffic accidents [2]. The U.S. Department of Transportation has found 94% of all fatal crashes to be caused by human error, meaning that there is potential to significantly reduce ...


Traffic Trends and Safety in a COVID-19 World

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Tuesday, June 2nd, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) held the Traffic Trends and Safety in a COVID-19 World webinar. The event was the first partnership of its kind for both TRB and PSR. "We are delighted to be able to partner with TRB and share some of our PSR research on this timely topic," said PSR director Dr. Genevieve Giuliano.     Amplifying the event on both organizations' platforms and speaking ...


Transportation Consultant Michael Williams Outlines the History and Benefits of Edge Lane Roads

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Michael Williams, owner of Michael Williams Company, a transportation consulting firm, was the featured speaker of the seminar entitled, “Edge Lane Roads - A New Type of Shared Road for All Vulnerable Road Users.” Williams began his presentation by defining edge lane roads (ELRs)—a road structure that is rare in the United States—and how they operate.      Edge lane roads, also known as “Advisory Bike Lanes” or “Advisory Shoulders,” ...
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SACOG's James Corless Outlines the Future of Transportation as the Sacramento Region Becomes a Lab For Mobility Innovation

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The future of transportation and mobility is filled with both promise and new challenges. Technological disruptions have upended the taxi industry and promise to do the same to more traditional modes of public transportation in the coming decade. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a workforce and employers the benefits of telecommuting and remote work, emptying highways and demonstrating the potential for demand management like never before. The Sacramento region, and the Sacramento Area Council of ...
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