Urban Planning Ph.D. student Eric Morris has been selected to receive a 2008 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to attract qualified students to the field of tranportation and research, and advance workforce development. Morris will receive nearly $70,000 and will attend the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in January in Washington, D.C. Urban Planning M.A. student Stephen Brumbaugh also is the recipient of a 2008 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $1,500. Brumbaugh also will attend the TRB meeting in Washington, D.C.
Brian Taylor, UCLA Professor of Urban Planning and director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, was interviewed on 89.3 KPCC-FM about a Los Angeles city plan to ease traffic on two of the city’s busiest downtown streets. The program, titled, “City Outlines Plan to Ease Traffic on Olympic and Pico” aired Monday, Nov. 26. Taylor was interviewed on the program that also included comments from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss. The plan calls speeding up traffic on Olympic and Pico by making them one-way streets.
Urban Planning graduate Andrea Osgood (MA UP ’07), has been awarded the 2007 Council of University Transportation Center Neville A. Parker Award for her project titled, “Curb Dreams: Allocating On-Street Parking for Carsharing. An Analysis of Local Government Agencies’ Options for Encouraging Carsharing Use Through On-Street Parking Programs.” The Parker Award, given by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC), is presented annually for the two best non-thesis papers/projects in transportation submitted for the M.S. degree in lieu of a M.S. thesis. Osgood’s project won the policy and planning category. Previous winners of the award from the UCLA School of Public Affairs include Steve Crosley (MA UP ’06), Camille Fink (MA UP ’04), and Heather Burton (MA UP ’03). Osgood’s award, including a cash award of $1,500, will be presented this month at the annual CUTC Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C. The following is an abstract of Osgood’s winning project: (read report) Due to the ability of carsharing to address a variety of tough urban problems — from traffic congestion and pollution to global warming and mobility hurdles in low-income populations — policy makers have been eager to find ways support and encourage its growth, such as provide parking spaces [...]
In 2005, UCLA Professor of Urban Planning, Donald Shoup, published The High Cost of Free Parking, a 700-plus page book that illustrated policies that could help solve parking-related traffic problems. Since then he has lectured across the United States on these ideas, some of which have been adopted, or are being proposed, by a number of cities. A recent interview that appears on the Streetsblog Web site, Shoup explains how higher curbside parking fees can lower street traffic congestion as well as provide more available spaces for motorists. An animation created by StreetFilms illustrates Shoup’s arguments.