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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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Regents’ Lecture: Janette Sadik-Khan Reception and Lecture @ California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The UCLA Department of Urban Planning and The Luskin School of Public Affairs present

UCLA Regents’ Lecturer Janette Sadik-Khan


5:30 PM Reception

6:30 PM Lecture

California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium

570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Janette Sadik-Khan is Principal with Bloomberg Associate, and she is a Former Commissioner of New York City Department of Transportation.  

Internationally recognized for her expertise in transportation issues, public policy development and innovative finance, Sadik-Khan implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability throughout NYC, and ensured a state of good repair on the city’s roads, sidewalks and bridges. Sadik-Khan oversaw a series of innovative projects, including creating more pedestrian space in Times Square and along Broadway from Columbus Circle to Union Square, the planning and launch of seven Select Bus Service routes and the nation’s largest bike share program, the addition of nearly 400 miles of bicycle lanes and the installation and design of more than 60 plazas citywide, and the publication of a Street Design Manual and Street Works Manual, which defined new standards for creating more durable and attractive streets.



Transportation Brown Bag: Carole Turley @ 5391 Public Affairs Building
Oct 6 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Transportation Brown Bag: Carole Turley @ 5391 Public Affairs Building | Los Angeles | California | United States

Join UCLA Transportation Faculty, Students, Staff, and Alumni the first Monday of each month for a lunchtime transportation seminar…bring your lunch!

Speakers will be students, faculty, staff and alumni, visiting scholars, and invited visitors.  They will share the fine transportation research and project work going on in the school and beyond.  Our classes are chock full of learning opportunities but they do not present a complete picture of the ongoing work in the field at UCLA and nearby.  These presentations and informal discussion will complement classroom learning and help Transporters get to know one another.

Speakers and topics will be posted on the ITS website as they are scheduled.

Up next:

Carole Turley, UP doctoral student
“A TUF Sell: Transportation Utility Fees and Alternative Definitions of Use”

Carole Turley is a 3rd-year doctoral student in Urban Planning at UCLA. Her research interests include transportation finance, particularly at the local level, and policy determinants of travel behavior. She holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a masters degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University.

8th Annual Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture In Transportation @ 2355 Public Affairs Building
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

What Good Is it? Reflections On The Utility Of Travel In A Resource-Constrained Era

5:00-6:00pm Reception (3rd Floor Patio, UCLA Public Affairs Building)

6:00-7:30pm Lecture (Room 2355, UCLA Public Affairs Building)

Lecture Description

It is customary for transportation professionals to consider travel as a disutility to be minimized, laden with negative externalities needing mitigation — preferably by curtailing vehicular travel. This talk attempts to restore some balance to our collective view of travel, beginning with reviewing a broad range of reasons why we travel. Recent scholarship related to the positive utility of travel is presented, including subjective assessments of the travel experience and the contribution to the utility of activities conducted while traveling. Some associated societal implications and policy issues are discussed, and directions or future research are suggested.

Speaker Biography

Patricia Mokhtarian is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. She joined Georgia Tech in 2013, after 23 years at the University of California, Davis, where she was a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, associate director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and founding chair of the interdisciplinary MS/PhD program in Transportation Technology and Policy. Key research interests include the impacts of land use on travel behavior, the impact of tele­com­munications technology on travel behavior, attitudes toward travel itself, and travel multitasking. Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty in 1990, she worked for several years in regional planning and consulting in Southern California.

Dr. Mokhtarian has specialized in the study of travel behavior for more than 30 years and has authored or co-authored more than 200 refereed journal articles, technical reports, and other publications. She is a North American co-editor of Transportation, and serves on the boards of six other transportation journals. Her PhD is from Northwestern University.

About the Lecture Series

Professor Martin Wachs retired from the University of California in 2006, after spending 25 years as an Urban Planning faculty member at UCLA and 10 more as a Civil & Environmental Engineering and City & Regional Planning faculty member at UC Berkeley. In his honor, students created the Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation, which rotates each year between the Berkeley and UCLA campuses. The lecture features prominent and innovative scholars and policymakers who draw on many years of research and thinking in transportation and/or urban planning. The lecture is attended by transportation faculty and students from all reaches of California, scholars from related fields and disciplines, and transportation and planning practitioners and officials from across the United States.

AICP (CM) credits available

Free and open to the public

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