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Los Angeles Communities That Drive Less Are Exposed to More Vehicular Air Pollution

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

  When the modern expressway system was built, vast swaths of urban neighborhoods were bulldozed to clear new channels for suburban residents to drive to job centers. Yet some older neighborhoods survived relatively unscathed. In Los Angeles, local residents organized to protest and eventually cancel plans to extend State Route 2 through the affluent communities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles’s westside. In contrast, similar grassroots efforts failed in Los Angeles’s eastside, ...

METRANS Receives Five-Year Funding Renewal

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The METRANS Transportation Consortium has received another five years of funding to carry out important research in freight and goods movement. Since 1987, the U.S. Department of Transportation has supported university transportation centers across the country.  This funding, provided through grants to the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR UTC) and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST), provides the bulk of financial support responsible for ...

The Sixth Annual PSR Congress Emphasizes the Improvement of Transportation in Region 9

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The sixth annual Region 9 Pacific Southwest Region University Center (PSR-UTC) Congress returned to California this year, with two full days of sessions hosted by the University of Southern California on March 17 th and 18 th . The title of this year’s Congress was Moving Forward: Improving Transportation in Region 9 , and featured concurrent sessions across five themes: Improving Mobility , Mobility & Technology , Improving Resiliency , The Intersection of Research and ...

Student Workers Gear Up for Another Semester at METRANS

Thursday, January 12, 2023

As the calendar turns to a new year and the lecture halls of USC once again open for classes, it’s back to regular business for the different student teams at METRANS. Over the past few weeks, METRANS’ student workers took advantage of time off during their winter break to relax, recover from school, and travel.   Some vacation plans did not go as smoothly as others. Student Newsletter editor Namjoo Park’s trip was derailed due to a canceled flight, becoming ...

METRANS Student Worker Namjoo Park Has a Passion for Policy Research

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Policy research has always been a passion for Namjoo Park, who came to USC from her home country of Korea this year to study in the Price School’s Master of International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) program. Park, who is from Busan, South Korea, attended Hanyang University in Seoul, where she took courses in the fields of economics, law, and philosophy in pursuit of a public policy degree. After spending her college years learning how policies are made in her home country, Park is ...

Price MPP Jacob Wong Looking to Make a Difference In Transportation Policy

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Commute time is a daily consideration for almost everyone, but second-year Price graduate student Jacob Wong takes a particularly long look at how he and other Angeleos navigate the city. As a full-time Master of Public Policy (MPP) student, intern for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), and METRANS student staff writer, transportation is both a professional and personal interest. “I’m always thinking about how to maximize my commute, like how long it will take me to ...

METRANS Student Worker Agil Wibowo Pursuing Social Innovation at the Price School

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Even before moving to Los Angeles to start his International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) program at the USC Sol Price School, Agil Wibowo has always had a desire to tackle economic inequality in his home country of Indonesia. “In Jakarta [the Indonesian capital], the rich and poor both live in the same areas,” he says.   Wibowo grew up in the city of Binjai on Sumatra island and attended the Perbanas Institute to study banking and finance. After completing his ...

Cradle-To-Grave Life Cycle Assessment of Zero-Emission Heavy-Duty Trucks

Friday, November 18, 2022

  Heavy duty trucks are a leading contributor to global climate change. California has enacted technology forcing legislation to replace fossil fuel trucks with zero emission vehicles to address freight transportation emissions. These vehicles include both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell class 8 trucks. To determine which type of vehicle provides the most significant savings in energy consumption and emissions over diesel, a cradle to grave life cycle assessment (LCA) using ...


USC Sustainability Post-Doc Fellowship, Application Review Begins Nov. 15, 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

  The University of Southern California (USC) is launching a unique, high-visibility postdoctoral fellowship program as part of  Assignment: Earth , the USC campus-wide sustainability framework. The program aims to accelerate sustainability research; train future leaders in academia, government and non-governmental organizations, and industry; and support discovery, evaluation, and implementation of innovative solutions to sustainability problems.     The Postdoctoral ...