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Congratulations to Madeline Brozen: 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar

We are proud to announce that Institute of Transportation Studies Assistant Director and Complete Streets Program Manager, Madeline Brozen, has been named a 2014 Lee Schipper Sustainable Transport Scholar.

Ms. Brozen was one of two scholars selected from among 82 applicants from 26 countries. As a Schipper scholar, she will conduct comparative international research on sustainable street design generally, and multi-modal level of service measures specifically.  Visit TheCityFix blog for a recent interview with Ms. Brozen about her work and the award.

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Recent UCLA Master of Urban Planning Grad Shares Client Project Experience

By: Tim Black, UCLA Master of Urban Planning ’14

A wise person, though surely not one of the pie-in-the-sky figureheads that occupy our profession’s dominant historical narrative, once remarked, “The devil is in the detail.” And so it was amending details of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines that preoccupied me for much of the last year at UCLA and qualified as my Applied Planning Research project.

I assisted the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) on the rollout of Senate Bill 743, which amended the CEQA Guidelines for the assessment of transportation impacts. Previously, transportation impacts were largely determined by the effect on automobile level of service, a metric concerned with the free-flow movement of cars while […]

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ACCESS Magazine Wins APA California Award

APA California has announced that ACCESS magazine is the recipient of its 2014 Communications Initiative Award. APA California will officially announce the award at a special brunch ceremony on September 16 at its State Conference, to be held this year in Anaheim at the Disneyland Resort.

ACCESS reports on research at the University of California Transportation Center and presents it in a readable format so it useful for policy makers and planning practitioners. ACCESS was started in 1993 by University of California Berkeley planning professor Mel Webber to bridge the gap between transportation research and policy.

Authors of academic research published in a professional journal may write an abridged version for publication in ACCESS. The […]

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ITS Director Brian Taylor Selected To Chair The Transportation Research Board’s Innovative Urban Mobility Services: Issues And Opportunities Committee

The Transportation Research Board recently named Institute of Transportation Studies Director Brian Taylor chair of its ad-hoc committee on Innovative Urban Mobility Services: Issues and Opportunities. Professor Taylor will lead the twelve-member committee in examining the growth of new on-demand and peer-to-peer mobility services.

The committee will explore the implications these services have for consumers and existing transportation services. The committee aims to produce a study that identifies policy, regulatory, and other issues that policy makers will need to consider as they regulate these services, including the existing regulatory structure for taxi, limousine, and transit services. Priority areas of research to inform public policy decisions will also be identified.

The mission of the Transportation Research Board—one of six major […]

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ITS Director Brian Taylor Featured On KCRW Story About The Economic Effects Of Light Rail And Subway Lines

ITS Director Brian Taylor was featured recently in a KCRW radio story about the economic effects of light rail and subway lines. Specifically, the story addresses whether new light rail and subway lines really help revive economically challenged neighborhoods in Los Angeles and spark new development and investment. Listen to the full piece for Professor Taylor’s comments.

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ITS Director Brian Taylor Reveals What’s On His Mind When He’s Stuck In Traffic

Before participating in a Zócalo Public Square panel on the future of the 710 Freeway in May, Institute of Transportation Studies Director Brian Taylor was interviewed in the green room about what it’s like for a transportation expert to be stuck in traffic. Here’s what he had to say:

What’s your favorite plant or flower?

I don’t believe in picking favorites. Especially when it comes to the plant world. So I tend to be very neutral on all things related to cellular life that doesn’t involve a spine or live birth.

How do you pass the time when you’re stuck in traffic?

I actually try to think about why I’m not given priority as a traffic expert. My kids love to say, “Who’s responsible […]

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ITS Student Researchers Awarded Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has awarded  Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships to Transportation Policy and Planning Ph.D. students Jaimee Lederman and Kelcie Ralph and second-year Master of Urban and Regional Planning student Anne Brown.

The award, established as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, recognizes students pursuing transportation-related degrees and aims to attract the brightest minds in the field to the transportation workforce.

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Latest Issue of ACCESS Magazine Now Available

The latest issue of Access Magazine is now available online. You can view and download the issue here, or click on the titles below to be taken directly to each article.

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