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ITS-Davis, PSR Host Seminar on How Might People Spend Time When Traveling in an Automated Vehicle

Friday, December 24, 2021

On November 19 th , the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) in partnership with the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) hosted Professor Chandra Bhat for a seminar on autonomous vehicle impacts. Titled “How Might People Spend Time When Traveling in a Fully Automated Vehicle, and What Effect Might it Have on the Intensity of Travel,” the seminar featured research from Dr. Chandra Bhat and his team. Dr. Bhat is a professor in the Department ...

Online Shopping Behavior Research

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Feeling like you need a break from all that online shopping? Tell us about it. Led by Dr. Genevieve Giuliano and a team of researchers in the METRANS Transportation Center, research is being conducted to learn about how we order and receive packages when we shop online. Our team is looking for any and all types of online shoppers to tell us about your experiences using our brief online survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes. The survey is available here . The survey results will be used to develop strategies to help decarbonize online shopping.   Thank you for taking a moment to help us.

Spotlight on U Hawaii PhD Farnaz Kaviari

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Meet Farnaz Kaviari, PhD student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Farnaz was born and raised in Iran and has centered her studies around civil engineering and urban planning. Farnaz has achieved multiple awards throughout her educational path and was given the honor of receiving three years of a full assistantship from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was also ranked 30th among over 2,000 participants in Iranian National University Entrance ...


Environmental Justice in Southeast Los Angeles: PSR Researcher Address Pollution and Mobility Issues

Monday, December 6, 2021

Environmental justice is concerned with eliminating the disproportionate impacts of environmental damage on low-income communities and ensuring residents have a say about the activities that affect their environment and health. Research in environmental justice means uncovering, analyzing, and proposing solutions to the higher rates of environmental burdens in these communities. These burdens include excessive exposure to toxic air pollutants, hazardous materials, and water pollution. The project ...

METRANS Advisory Board Meeting Looks to the Future of Sustainability

Monday, December 6, 2021

The METRANS Advisory Board gathered on November 5th, 2021, meeting virtually to discuss new organizational initiatives, timely transportation topics, including the recently passed Infrastructure Bill, and their potential impacts. The Board also considered ways to strengthen communications efforts with an eye toward reaching a wider audience for METRANS research and programs. The board welcomed guests including a representative from the ILWU to learn more about METRANS activities, new METRANS Associates ...

PSR Researchers Estimate the Environmental Impact of Autonomous Emergency Braking

Sunday, December 5, 2021

In 2019, almost 7 million traffic crashes took place in the United States, contributing to the majority of the country’s road congestion. These crashes and the resulting congestion incur environmental costs, with drivers wasting fuel by taking longer routes or sitting in traffic. Automatic/Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a safety feature within advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), was developed as a means of preventing accidents. This technology allows a vehicle to detect emergencies ...

USC Students Win WTS-LA Scholarships

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Each year the Los Angeles chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS-LA), facilitated by the generous support of local sponsors, awards academic scholarships to a select group of inspiring females aspiring to pursue careers in the transportation sector. We are grateful for all who make this program possible to support the next generation of female transportation professionals.    This year, four USC students have received these scholarships:  doctoral student Aisling ...

Spotlight on Student Event Coordinator Kelly Tung

Monday, November 29, 2021

Welcome to the METRANS Student Team! Thanks! I’ve always   been interested in transportation, so METRANS is a perfect fit for me.  Transportation is essential for our cities and towns, and efficient, accessible transportation is critical to quality of life. When we build up good transportation systems I truly believe all citizens benefit. I am particularly interested in exploring and learning learn how urban freight transportation functions, and particularly appreciate METRANS ...

USC's Marlon Boarnet Presents Land Use Modelling for Dockless Scooter Travel Patterns

Saturday, November 27, 2021

On November 3, METRANS and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) hosted Marlon Boarnet who presented his transportation research to an audience of students, academics, and practitioners.  NCST is a “consortium of leading universities committed to advancing an environmentally sustainable transportation system through cutting-edge research, direct policy engagement, and education of our future leaders,” of which METRANS is a part.   Titled “Dockless ...

METRANS Student Staff Writer, Monty Hughes, Appointed to Leadership in USC Sustainability

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

We proudly congratulate METRANS Student Writer, USC Price School of Public Policy undergraduate Monty Hughes, for being selected to hold the position of Undergraduate Team Lead of the newly formed USC Student Sustainability Committee.  This committee is an advisory body that gives student input and recommendations to the USC Presidential Working Group (PWG) on Sustainable Education, Research, and Operations regarding university-wide sustainability plans, goals, and projects.  The PWG was ...

METRANS, PSR, host Roorda for Impacts of Off-Peak Deliveries

Sunday, November 21, 2021

On November 11, METRANS and the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR) launched their fourth seminar for the Fall 2021 transportation research seminar series. This seminar was entirely virtual to best accommodate Dr. Matthew Roorda from the University of Toronto, Canada. Titled “Impacts of Off-Peak Deliveries in the Toronto Area Before and During the Pandemic,” this event showcased the research or Dr. Roorda and University of Toronto students PhD Candidate Kianoush ...

Meet METRANS Digital Media Lead, Ben Ephraim

Monday, November 15, 2021

Let’s start with a little about you! My name is Ben Ephraim. I am a second year Film and Television Production Major in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.  I have the privilege of leading the student Digital Media Team at METRANS.  We produce video and photographs for the METRANS Consortium and its various subcenters.  Some examples of our work are the video banners on the website (my team not only produced the video banners but actually took the footage); ...

METRANS, PSR, host Wei for Economic Impacts of Cargo Handling Equipment Electrification

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

On October 27, METRANS and the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), launched their third in-person (with a remote attendance option) research seminar for the Fall 2021 seminar series. Titled “Economic Impacts of Cargo Handling Equipment Electrification at Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach,” this event showcased the research of University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy Professor Dr. Dan Wei and Professor and METRANS Director, Dr. ...

Meet Ajay Srinivasan, METRANS Student Analyst

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Ajay Srinivasan, USC 2025   What is your major and year of study?   I am a mathematics major and I will be graduating in 2025.   What is your role on the METRANS student team? I work on the strategy team, as a consultant analyst focusing on quantifying METRANS Student Team outcomes and the efficiency of our student team efforts.   What made you interested in working for METRANS? The missions and problems that METRANS is trying ...

USC's Jessica Brown wins WTS-LA Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Jessica Brown has been selected to receive the 2021 WTS-LA $8000 Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship. Jessica is an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, where she is pursing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Building Science.   Jessica Brown, Bachelor of Civil Engineering, USC   Jessica’s initial interest in the transportation industry was sparked by her experience as a construction management intern with a general ...