Webinar featuring Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley and Mike Manville, UCLA
Autonomous vehicles hold enormous potential – a future with self-driving cars could mean safer streets, less congestion, and increased equity. These benefits are particularly promising when autonomous vehicle technology meets shared mobility companies like Uber and Lyft. But how close are we to that future? Professor Susan Shaheen of UC Berkeley and Associate Professor Michael Manville of UCLA talked about this difficult issue during a webinar hosted by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies.
We are still some time away from truly autonomous vehicles. There are five stages of automation: level 4 means you can occasionally take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel […]
Every year UCLA students and faculty fly out to Washington DC for the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The conference is held every January and provides researchers, students, and transportation professionals with the opportunity to share the latest research into all things transportation. The theme for the 96th annual conference for 2017 was Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change and as usual UCLA was well represented, presenting the latest research on fourteen different sessions and panels.
Two notable awards were presented at the event to UCLA ITS members. Director Brian Taylor and UCLA alumn co-authors Eric Morris and Jeffrey Brown were awarded the Wootan Award for their paper Negotiating a Financial Package for Freeways: How […]
Thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, faculty, staff researchers, and students affiliated with the UCLA Luskin Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) will be part of a new regional transportation center that will tackle some of the most important transportation issues facing America.
“Universities are at the forefront of identifying solutions, researching critical emerging issues and ensuring improved access to opportunity for all Americans,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in announcing more than $300 million in grants to 32 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) nationwide, selected from among 212 proposals submitted. “This competition supports the future transportation workforce by providing students with opportunities to take part in cutting-edge research with leading experts in the field.”
UCLA Students are invited to apply for a Graduate Research Grant for your research and capstone projects. This application is jointly offered by the: The Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Institute of Transportation Studies, Luskin Center for Innovation, and the Edward Hildebrand Canadian Studies Program. Below are details about the Graduate Research Grant program, the areas in which we fund, where your project best fits, and instructions to apply.
The Graduate Research Grant program provides an opportunity for students to receive support for their theses, Applied Policy Projects (APP’s), Applied Planning Research Projects (APRP’s), or other capstone project specific to their department. The objective of the grant program is to support student […]
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting will be held January 8–12, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world.
The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in over 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2017 meeting: Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change.
The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
LIFE-CYCLE ANALYSIS IN TRANSPORTATION PROJECT PLANNING
with Alissa Kendall & Mikhail Chester
Register to receive the webinar address via email.
Increasingly, transportation projects are not just about transportation. They are also proposed to meet environmental goals and, in the case of SB 375, are tied to the state’s environmental targets explicitly. Despite this evolving focus, the process of evaluating these projects’ environmental impacts and benefits is little changed, and typically involves only the legally-required, time-limited, threshold-based analysis that addresses the significance of impacts associated with an already-selected project. This session introduces life-cycle analysis (LCA) as an innovative tool for more thoroughly evaluating the full “cradle-to-grave” benefits, impacts, and tradeoffs of and among transportation project alternatives.
Alissa Kendall is an Associate Professor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis. Her research applies and advances the methods and perspectives of Industrial Ecology to understand and reduce the environmental effects of transport, civil infrastructure, energy, and agricultural systems. Specific research and teaching interests include life cycle assessment and other structured environmental assessment methods, and the development of new methods for carbon accounting.
Mikhail Chester manages a research laboratory in Arizona State University’s (ASU) Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering program. His research focuses on understanding how people interact with infrastructure and how infrastructure can be transitioned for twenty-first century goals. He focuses largely on transportation and cities and he and his team develop innovative life-cycle assessment thinking for sustainable infrastructure challenges. Their research includes the development of integrated transportation and land use sustainability frameworks, urban growth models and how infrastructure enables behaviors, transportation environmental life cycle assessment frameworks, and methods for improving vulnerability in a climate-constrained future. Chester teaches courses in the Schools of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Sustainability, and Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.
Juan Matute studies a number of areas relating to the future of urban mobility and accessibility, including sustainable transportation and land use, transit, SB 375 implementation, innovative mobility, and local government climate planning. Juan has advised teams in UCLA’s B.S. Environmental Science program that have created a carbon neutral scoping plan and a carbon neutral electricity plan for the City of Hermosa Beach and long-term climate action recommendations for the City of Santa Monica. He worked with Caltrans to develop a Statewide Transit Strategic Plan and currently manages TransitWiki.org, where transit professionals share best practices. Juan administers the operations and strategy for the Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies.
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