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METRANS Welcomes Los Angeles World Airports as Newest METRANS Associate Partner

Thursday, September 30, 2021

METRANS is excited to announce Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) as the newest METRANS Associates Partner. LAWA is the governing and operating body for LAX and Van Nuys Airports. It procures more than $500 million in goods, services, and materials to support passenger and cargo services annually. As the largest airline governing body in California and the home of the second busiest commercial airport in the country, with roughly 85 million annual passengers, LAWA is not only a significant contributor ...

Long Beach Community Data Walk- Not Your Average Walk in the Park

Thursday, September 30, 2021

CSULB researchers engaged a group of Long Beach-based volunteers in applied community research with a data walk on July 1st. The data walk is part of a larger Pacific Southwest Region (PSR)-funded research project, “Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Traffic Flows, with Consideration of Data Privacy Principles,” to install and evaluate smart traffic light controllers that could potentially reduce freight truck-induced traffic delays. The first phase of this project includes ...

USC's Luciano Nocera presents Freight Modeling Research

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

On September 22, METRANS and the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), along with special partners the University of Southern California chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), launched their second in-person and online research seminar of the Fall 2021 seminar series. USC ITE is a student group of engineers, planners, and thinkers who aim to reimagine transportation systems. James Huang, the vice president of ITE at USC and an industrial and systems engineering ...

USC IPPAM Student Derrick Ty tapped to lead METRANS Events

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Derrick Ty is a first-year graduate student at USC in the Sol Price School of Public Policy.  He is beginning a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy and Management.  He recently accepted the role of METRANS Student Event Lead.   Derrick Ty USC IPPAM Program    Congratulations on your new role as Event Lead with the METRANS Student Team! Could you share what in particular made you want to pursue this opportunity? ...

UCI's Michael Hyland presents Pathfinding for Shared Ride Vehicles

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

On September 8, METRANS, the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), and the University of Southern California chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (USC ITE), launched the first hybrid (in-person and online) transportation research seminar of the Fall 2021 seminar series. USC ITE is a student group of engineers, planners, and thinkers who aim to reimagine transportation systems. Titled “Pathfinding for Shared Ride Vehicles: Bi-criteria pathfinding considering ...

Spotlight on USC Alum Axel Hellman

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Thanks so much for sitting down with me, Let’s start with a bit about you! My name is Axel Hellman. I finished my undergraduate degree in 2016 and my master’s degree in 2017. I completed a dual degree program – my undergraduate portion was a public policy major with a specialization in urban planning, and my master's part was in urban planning, with a transportation specialization.  The dual degree program means you actually are completing two degrees somewhat simultaneously, ...

PSR Spotlight: New UCLA student projects and awards

Thursday, September 9, 2021

METRANS is proud to announce the recently completed PSR-sponsored student capstone projects from UCLA:   Shelly Quan : California Government Screening Maps for Climate, Equity, and Planning Eric Dasmalchi and Natalie Amberg : Local Option Sales Taxes and Transit Funding in California Yu Hong Hwang : Piloting Transit Priority Improvements in the City of Los Angeles Alexander Murray : Evaluation and Recommendation for All Door Boarding at LA Metro Samikchhya ...

PSR Researchers Develop a Commute Model to Contextualize Rideshare and E-Hailing Services

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  As rideshare and e-hailing services grow in popularity as a regular feature of daily commutes, their impact on traffic congestion, commuting cost, and travel behavior becomes increasingly significant. With the emergence of a range of companies, most notably Uber and Lyft, providing these services at a variety of price points, customers have greater flexibility in travelling from one point to another. Despite the growing need to study the specific impacts of these new modes of transportation, ...

Transit-Oriented Developments May Be the Answer to Southern California's Housing Crisis: PSR Researchers Examined the Barriers to Affordable Housing and Opportunities Offered by TODs

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Housing is one of the most pressing barriers to a more equitable future for all California’s residents. The current housing crisis has revealed how vulnerable large segments of society are due to a lack of affordable housing. The California Housing Partnership has determined that California currently has a deficit of about 1.3 million affordable housing units for the lowest income groups. Examining the nature and extent of the housing crisis in California reveals a host of possible ...

METRANS congratulates its recent CSULB graduates!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Meghan Orr,  Master of Social Work (MSW) "METRANS has given me so many opportunities to hone my writing and project management skills. I've gained confidence in my writing and leadership abilities and learned so much about how trade and transportation influence our daily lives. The skills I have gained at METRANS will influence my work in so many ways, whether it is through policy work, grant writing, or program development." Adam Doyle,  Master of Science in Geographic Information Science “For me, working at METRANS was a great opportunity to collaboratively apply skills I had developed into a new field, and collaborate with other students, researchers, and stakeholders. Working on outreach and education projects especially helped me better understand how to communicate with GIS better to a wider audience.”

USC's Reaghan Murphy Identifies Micro-Transit Opportunity Areas for LBT

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

  USC Master of Urban Planning student Reaghan Murphy was selected by Long Beach Transit (LBT) earlier this year to be the first Long Beach Transit Fellow as part of the newly launched Long Beach Transit Fellows Program. This program engages graduate level transportation students in projects to develop knowledge and discover transit service improvement ideas under the direction and guidance of transportation professionals at LBT. These ideas will assist the agency to address various challenges ...