National Center Research

METRANS conducts research on sustainable freight transportation as part of NCST.  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 issues requests-for-proposals (RFPs) to support its NCST 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 NCST mission, intellectual merit, and student support. All research is expected to result in publications in refereed journals.

The first METRANS NCST RFP was issued (in conjunction with the third METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP) on March 24, 2015.  Proposals were due April 27, 2015.  Projects were awarded.  

The second METRANS NCST RFP was issued (in conjuction with the fourth METRANS Tier 1 UTC RFP) on March 11, 2016. Proposals were due April 15, 2016.

For information on the RFP process, please contact:

Victoria Valentine Deguzman, METRANS Associate Director, Administration
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

For information on the full NCST research program, see UC Davis National Center for Sustainable Transportation.  See more at: http://ncst.ucdavis.edu/research/

For a searchable database of all METRANS UTC research, use the following search filter.

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Center Topic Area Proj #sort descending PI Name Research Project
National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight Genevieve Giuliano, Sanggyun Kang

Spatial Dynamics of the Logistics Industry and Implications for Freight Flows

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight Marlon Boarnet

Urban Spatial Structure and the Potential for VMT Reduction

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight Petros Ioannou

Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight Genevieve Giuliano

3 White Papers on Emission Reducing Efficiency Strategies to Incorporate into the CSFS

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight Maged Dessouky

Routing Strategies for Efficient Deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles for Freight Delivery

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Urban Mobility Genevieve Giuliano

Is Los Angeles Becoming Transit Oriented?

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight Petros Ioannou

Reducing Truck Emissions and Improving Truck Fuel Economy via ITS Technologies

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight Tom O'Brien

Impact of Legislative Mandates on Transportation Workforce Capacity

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 15-22 Xiaolong Wu

White Paper on Introducing the Resilience into the State Transportation Network

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 15-23 Shadi Saadeh

Sustainable Mitigation of Stormwater Runoff through Fully Permeable Pavement

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 15-24 Anastasios Chassiakos

Analysis and Optimization Methods for Centralized Processing of Chassis

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-25 Raphael Bostic

White Paper on The Sustainability of Building Affordable Housing in Transit Oriented Developments (TODs)

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems 15-26 Marlon Boarnet

Sustainability and Displacement: Assessing the Spatial Pattern of Residential Moves near Rail Transit

National Center for Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Urban Freight 15-28 Maged Dessouky

Congestion Reduction through Efficient Empty Container Movement