METRANS UTC Research

METRANS UTC funds research that increases US economic competitiveness by improving transportation system performance in large metropolitan areas.  Regular tenure track full-time faculty members and research faculty at the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach, are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators. Proposals may also include as Co-Principal Investigators research or non-tenure track USC and CSULB faculty. 

METRANS UTC issues requests-for-proposals (RFPs) to support its research program. We follow a peer-reviewed proposal selection process in which each proposal is submitted to reviewers from universities, public agencies, and private firms. USC and CSULB faculty do not participate in the proposal review process. Selection for funding depends on a number of criteria, including relevance to the METRANS mission, intellectual merit, and student support. All research is expected to result in publications in refereed journals.

The first METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued in March 2014 and projects have been awarded.

The second METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued on December 9, 2014.  Proposals were due February 11, 2015.  Projects have been awarded.

The third METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued on March 24, 2015.  Proposals were due April 27, 2015.  Projects have been awarded.

The fourth METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued on March 11, 2016. Proposals were due April 15, 2016. Projects have been awarded.

The fifth METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP was issued on March 17, 2017. Proposals were due April 19, 2017. Projects have been awarded.

For information on the RFP process, please contact:

Victoria Valentine Deguzman, Associate Director
METRANS Transportation Center
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
RGL 107
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626

213.821.1025

Our research program is organized around two multimodal themes: 1) understanding passenger/freight interactions; and 2) achieving system efficiencies.  A series of launch projects were pre-reviewed as part of the METRANS UTC Tier 1 proposal.  The launch projects are listed below.

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Center Topic Area Proj #sort descending PI Name Research Project
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 14-04 Cyrus Shahabi

Analysis and Prediction of Spatiotemporal Impact of Traffic Incidents for Better Mobility and Safety in Transportation Systems

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 14-06 Mohammad Mozumdar

Development of Micro Wireless Sensor Platforms for Collecting Data of Passenger-Freight Interactions

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 14-09 Ketan Savla

A Dynamical Framework for Integrated Corridor Management

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 14-11 Andreas Molisch

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications in Mixed Passenger-Freight Convoys

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 14-13 Burkhard Englert

Smart Truck Driver Assistant: A Cost Effective Solution for Real Time Management of Container Delivery to Trucks

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-01 Hamid Rahai

Investigations of the Effect of Humid Air on NOX & PM Emissions of a CNG Engine

METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 15-02 Luis Arboleda-Monsalve

Simulation of liquefaction-induced damage of the Port of Long Beach using the UBC3D-PLM model

METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 15-03 Dan Wei

Development of an Economic Framework to Evaluate Resilience in Recovering from Major Port Disruptions

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-04 Maged Dessouky

Integration of Passenger and Freight Rail Scheduling

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-08 Genevieve Giuliano

Application of a Regional Multi-Modal Transportation System Performance Monitoring Framework

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-10 Jin-Lee Kim

Route Choice Characteristics of Owner-Operated Trucks in Southern California Freeways

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-12 Petros Ioannou

Optimum Routing of Freight in Urban Environments under Normal Operations and Disruptions using a Co-simulation Optimization Control Approach

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-13 Raphael Bostic

Developing Affordable Housing Guidelines Near Rail Transit in Los Angeles

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-14 John Gunnar Carlsson

Quantifying the Impact of Next-Generation Modes of Delivery

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-15 Gary Painter

The Decline in Inter- and Intra-Urban Mobility and its Impact on Passenger Travel

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-27 Genevieve Giuliano

Spatial Dynamics of Warehousing and Distribution in California

METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 16-02 John Gunnar Carlsson A Cost Allocation Model for Horizontal Supply Chains
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 16-05 Shailesh Chandra Researcher Evaluating Economic Mobility and Resilience of Multimodal Freight Operations in a Connected Vehicle Environment
METRANS UTC Sustainable Urban Freight 16-06 Ugur Demiryurek Trajectory Data Mining for Performance Measurement of Public Transportation Systems
METRANS UTC Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 16-07 Raphael Bostic Sustainable and Affordable Housing Near Rail Transit: Refining and Expanding a Scenario Planning Tool