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Ballot Box Transportation Finance: November 2016

November 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Ballot Box Transportation Finance: November 2016

Next Tuesday, voters across the county will decide on some 300+ ballot measures that will use tax increases to fund transportation improvements. With the help of our friends at the Eno Center for Transportation, we are exploring how these measures are distributed across California and the county. 

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These measures could raise nearly $200 billion for transit investments, and billions more to fund improvement of roads, rail and freight. The federal gas tax, traditionally the nation’s primary source of transportation funding, has not been raised in 22 years. In 2014, only about 27 percent of transportation funding was federal, dropping from a high of 35 percent in 1980.

Simultaneously, […]

Professor Manville Returns to UCLA

August 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Professor Manville Returns to UCLA

MANVILLE It is with great excitement that  the  UCLA Lewis Center  welcomes Mike  Manville back to  UCLA Luskin as an  assistant  professor of Urban Planning.  Professor Manville received  both his  MA and PhD in urban  planning from  UCLA in 2003  and 2009 respectively  and  afterward served as a post-  doctoral researcher with the  Lewis  Center. Professor  Manville is coming  to UCLA  from the Department of City  and  Regional Planning at Cornell  University where he taught  courses on  traffic congestion,  urban public  finance, and  spatial economics from  2011-  2016.

 Professor Manville specializes in two main areas of research: the relationship between transportation and land use, and local public finance. On the […]

Luskin PhD Student Attends Prestigious DC Conference

August 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Luskin PhD Student Attends Prestigious DC Conference

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 Current urban planning PhD  student, Jaimee Lederman,  recently attended the Eno  Center for Transportation’s  Future Leaders Development  Conference (LDC) in  Washington, DC. The Eno  Center is a nationwide  transportation research center;  annually, they select the top 20  graduate students nationwide  studying transportation issues  to come to the center for a  weeklong conference to learn how transportation policy is made. Students attended a diverse variety of panels on issues such as transportation policy, funding, planning, and technology from federal officials, members of business, and non-profit organizations. Commenting on the experience, Ms. Lederman noted that “the caliber of panelists and […]

Redesigning a New York City Icon

August 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Redesigning a New York City Icon

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The Port Authority Bus Terminal of New York traces its roots back to the late 1930s, an era characterized by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, a skyline already filled with iconic skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, and city streets crowded with interstate bus traffic. Since its opening in 1950, and expansion in 1979, demand for the aging icon’s services has continued to grow beyond its capacity.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced the selection of eight experts who will serve as the jury for a two-phase Port Authority Bus Terminal Design and Deliverability Competition. Helping the Port Authority realize its vision of transportation needs […]

The Spring Issue of ACCESS is Now Online!

May 10th, 2016|Comments Off on The Spring Issue of ACCESS is Now Online!

Spring is in the air, and ACCESS is on the web. Please check out the Spring 2016 issue at accessmagazine.org. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in this issue:

Going the Extra Mile: Intelligent Energy Management of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Kanok Boriboonsomsin, Guoyuan Wu, and Matthew Barth

If you were a hybrid vehicle owner and you were driving down the freeway, would you know the best time to use gas and the best time to use the battery? Probably not, and most hybrid cars don’t know either. In fact, most plug-in hybrids just deplete their battery completely before switching to gas, which is actually an inefficient use of energy.

In their article, “Going the Extra Mile: Intelligent […]

UCLA at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, 2016

February 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on UCLA at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, 2016

 It was another successful year for UCLA faculty and students at the 95th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. For the conference, which is held every January in Washington, D.C., students, faculty, and research staff made the trip out to mingle with other transportation experts, get up to speed on the most cutting-edge research in the field, and reconnect with UCLA alumni from around the country. A generous gift from Larry Sauve MA UP ’78 provided travel support to 19 Master’s and PhD students.

The research presented by UCLA was extensive and diverse.

The five-person team of Brian Taylor, Evelyn Blumenberg, Kelcie Ralph, Carole Turley Voulgaris, and Anne Brown presented two examples of their recent groundbreaking research on travel behavior: One on […]

The Fall Issue of ACCESS Magazine is Now Available!

January 20th, 2016|Comments Off on The Fall Issue of ACCESS Magazine is Now Available!

The fall issue of ACCESS Magazine is hot off of the press and now available to view at the brand-new ACCESS website, accessmagazine.org. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the latest issue:

Quantified Traveler: Travel Feedback Meets the Cloud to Change Behavior
Raja Sengupta and Joan L. Walker

Most people are aware that car emissions harm the environment, but they continue to drive anyway. What would it take for people to drive less and use other means of travel more?
In their new article, “Quantified Traveler: Travel Feedback Meets the Cloud to Change Behavior,” authors Raja Sengupta and Joan Walker try to get people to walk, bike, and take transit more through a new program, Quantified Traveler. With […]

TRB Annual Meeting Presentations and Reception Info

December 14th, 2015|Comments Off on TRB Annual Meeting Presentations and Reception Info

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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, DC at its new venue, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, during January 10-14, 2016. The information-packed program is expected to attract 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world.

The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies will be hosting a reception during the TRB Annual Meeting on Monday, January 12th from 5:30-7:30pm (EST) at Busboys & Poets at the corner of 5th St NW and K St. The reception is open […]

Brian Taylor Leads National Academies Study on Technology-Enabled Mobility Services

December 11th, 2015|Comments Off on Brian Taylor Leads National Academies Study on Technology-Enabled Mobility Services

Dec. 11, 2015

Download “Special Report 319 Between Public and Private Mobility: Examining the Rise of Technology-Enabled Transportation Services.”

Listen to the audio recording of the session on Special Report 319 at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

WASHINGTON – Innovative transportation services such as car sharing, bike sharing, and transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are changing mobility for millions of travelers. Yet regulation of these services often varies greatly across geographic areas and industry segments. Policymakers and regulators should formulate consistent policies that encourage competition among these new and traditional transportation services — such as taxis — in order to improve mobility, safety, and sustainability, says a new report from the National Academies of […]

ITS Partners with Caltrans to Deliver California Transportation Planning Conference

December 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on ITS Partners with Caltrans to Deliver California Transportation Planning Conference

This week, 200 attendees meet in Downtown Los Angeles to discuss the future of transportation planning in California

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The last time Caltrans hosted a statewide transportation planning conference, in 2008, transportation in California was very different. Fastforwarding a short seven years later, California is hosting the first cap-and-trade system in the U.S., all of the state’s regions have Sustainable Communities Strategies linking transportation and land use, and public health at the center of the conversation. These changes, among others, are what bring together over 200 transportation professionals to the 2015 California Transportation Planning Conference hosted in Downtown Los Angeles December 2 through 4.

The conference […]

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