We address the transportation issues of Region 9 through an integrated, multidisciplinary program of research, education, and technology transfer aimed at improving the mobility of people and goods throughout the region. PSR UTC supports research that addresses the unique combination of problems in the region. Our integrated, multidisciplinary program of research is aimed at FAST Act research priority area 1: improving the mobility of people and goods throughout the region.
PSR Research We conduct a multi-modal, multi-disciplinary program of research around four themes.
Technology for improved mobility. We are on the threshold of a largely unforeseen technological and social transformation in connectivity, automation, and the sharing economy that promises to revolutionize travel in our Region and beyond. This theme explores technology solutions for improving mobility for both passengers and freight and has three topic areas: Technology and mobility; Smart infrastructure and vehicles; and Public policy and implementation.
Improving mobility for disadvantaged populations. This theme addresses mobility and accessibility problems of disadvantaged populations and has two topic areas: Novel modes for improved mobility and accessibility; and Land use, accessibility, mobility.
Improving resilience and protecting the environment. Resilience, or the ability to absorb shocks, recover quickly, and adapt to changing social, economic, and environmental conditions is essential to ensuring well-functioning and sustainable communities. Sustainability also requires reducing environmental problems. This theme addresses all aspects of environmental protection and has three topic areas: Analyzing alternative resilience strategies; Smart technologies; and Reducing environmental impacts.
Managing mobility in high growth cities and regions. This theme addresses the transportation problems of regions and metro areas experiencing rapid population and employment growth are expecting to continue to grow. This theme has two areas: Managing passenger demand; and Managing freight demand and its impacts.
Graduate Research Program The research program includes a graduate research fellowship program at some partner universities. The first round of fellowships were awarded in Fall 2017.
Research Selection Process We conduct open solicitations to select projects, issuing RFPs to solicit proposals, followed by an external peer review, with final selections based on peer review. Reviewers include academics outside of the PSR universities, public and private practitioners, and representatives of match funding sources.
PSR Region 9 RFPs The first PSR Region 9 UTC Request for Proposals for USC, CSULB and other universities outside the partnership was issued April 2017. Proposals were submitted in May 2017, and 7 projects were selected for funding. Other partner universities also issued RFPs. UC Davis selected projects from its previous solicitation under the National Center for Sustainable Transportation.
The first Pacific Southwest Region UTC RFP was issued on April 24, 2017. Proposals were due on May 24, 2017.
The second Pacific Southwest Region UTC RFP was issued on March 12, 2018. Proposals were due on April 13, 2018.
The third Pacific Southwest Region UTC RFP was issued on October 15, 2018. Proposals are due on January 7, 2019.
For information on the RFP process, please contact:
Cort Brinkerhoff, Associate Director of Administration
METRANS Transportation Center
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
3335 S. Figueroa Street
Unit A, 100H
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626