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METRANS 20th Anniversary

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Time to Celebrate! The New Year is a landmark for METRANS as 2018 marks 20 years since its creation. The METRANS Transportation Center was established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) as the first University Transportation Center in Southern California. Much has changed over the last 20 years but the METRANS partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB) has remained strong and ...


UCLA Hosts 25th Annual TRB Reception

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  On January 9, 2018, the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies hosted their 25th annual reception at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (TRB). The reception, held at Busboys and Poets, gave faculty, alumni, students, and friends of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs the chance to convene after the third day of conference sessions. Over the course of TRB, UCLA was represented in seven lectern sessions and two poster presentations ...


Goodchild Presents Research at 7th International Urban Freight Conference

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  METRANS held the 7th International Urban Freight Conference (I-NUF) from October 18-20, 2017 in Long Beach, California. The conference featured scholars and industry professionals from 18 countries presenting research on a broad range of topics, including effects of the growth of e-commerce, transformational technology, and other influences on urban freight movement. Break-out sessions and presentations were organized into seven tracks: local and last-mile pickup and delivery; trade nodes and ...


ITS-Irvine Hosts Reception at TRB

Sunday, January 21, 2018

  On January 9th, 2018, the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Irvine (ITS-Irvine) hosted a reception to welcome students, alumni, faculty, and professionals who were attending the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, DC. ITS-Irvine was pleased to greet more than 70 attendees - 23 from ITS-Irvine and more than 47 from other transportation institutions at the reception held at Matchbox Chinatown, Washington DC.  The gathering was so large that we needed ...

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CBC Radio Documentary on e-commerce with Alison Conway

Thursday, January 18, 2018

This CBC documentary led by Ira Basen addresses the behind-the-scenes issues that online shopping causes in the delivery of goods to meet consumers’ rising demands for near instant receipt of their purchases. It includes insight from Alison Conway, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York, on the need for educating transportation and land use planners on the expected impacts of package deliveries on goods movement activity in urban and suburban settings.  As we strive to design more livable communities and take measures to add accommodations for walking and bicycling, street and curb space are reduced for truck deliveries, creating unintended and multifaceted consequences. The importance of input from logistics experts is beginning to be recognized in the decision making process with planners, developers, law enforcement professionals and policy makers. Listen to this fascinating documentary on e-commerce.

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Dr. Laetitia Dablanc and Co-Authors Receive Best Paper Award from 2018 TRB Urban Freight Transportation Committee

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

At the January 2018 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington DC, Dr. Laetitia Dablanc and co-authors Takanori Sakai (main author), Adrien Beziat and Adeline Heitz were recognized for their research paper, Testing the ‘Freight Landscape’ Concept for Paris . Dr. Dablanc described it as a “very collective paper and very MetroFreight in nature.” Takanori Sakai, Research Associate, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology; Adrien Beziat, ...



Sunday, January 14, 2018

  On January 8, 2018, METRANS hosted its annual dinner to welcome University of Southern California (USC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB) attendees to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual conference in Washington, DC. The dinner gave participants the opportunity to discuss research updates and industry innovations, and gave METRANS the opportunity to thank them for their continued support of the center. “It’s always wonderful to keep connecting with METRANS ...


Fall 2017 METRANS News Now Available

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Fall 2017 Issue of METRANS News is now available.  Click here  for a PDF version. METRANS News  is generally published three times a year and summarizes METRANS research, education and outreach activities. It highlights METRANS researchers, conferences and other events, recent publications, interviews with key individuals involved in METRANS, and other newsworthy activities and events. It is distributed to university transportation centers and faculty throughout the U.S., to federal, state, and local public agencies, and to the transportation industry. To be added to the mailing list for a hard copy of the newsletter or to receive an email announcement regarding each new issue, please contact  [email protected] .


Overview of New Transportation Legislation in 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

  Happy New Year to all! Important legislation and policy changes related to transportation take effect this year at all levels of government. Here is an overview of the most important changes and what their impacts will likely be. At the federal level, as of this week, transportation funding commitments for 2018 are still being shaped by Congress. Although overall funding for the Department of Transportation is anticipated to experience a decline from its 2016-17 threshold, funding for air, ...


Foothill Transit Hosts METRANS PSR Students and Alumni

Sunday, January 7, 2018

  On October 28th, 2017, students and alumni from PSR universities USC, UCLA, and UC Irvine were given a private, behind-the-scenes guided tour of the facilities of Foothill Transit. Foothill Transit is the largest municipal transit operator in the San Gabriel Valley, with a fleet of about 330 buses, including 315 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses and 15 fast-charge electric buses. I was one of the students in attendance. We began the day with a private Foothill bus trip from the USC main campus ...

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Urban Logistics in Paris

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The December 2017 edition of the City of Paris' newsletter on urban logistics contains articles directly related to MetroFreight research topics. This quarterly publication by the Mobility Agency, Department of Roads and Mobility in Paris, can be viewed below. Urban Logstics in Paris PDF    


Susan Metros joins METRANS/USC WIM Professional Development Series

Monday, January 1, 2018

  On December 5, METRANS and USC Women in Management (WIM) hosted Susan Metros as part of a year-long professional development speaker series. Susan Metros is an expert in new and emerging educational technology, including multimedia, visual, and digital interactive technology. She is Associate Vice Provost and Associate Chief Information officer at USC, and holds professorships at the USC  Rossier School of Education and USC  Roski School of Fine Art. In her presentation titled “From Wet ...