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UCLA Urban Planning Students Awarded 2008 Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships

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.

By |May 6th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|

On the Radio: Brian Taylor on L.A. Plan to Ease Downtown Traffic

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.

 

By |May 6th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|

UP Grad Wins Parker Award from Council of University Transportation Centers

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 on public streets for the exclusive use of carsharing
vehicles.

However, dedicating sections of streets for specific users limits the
public’s access to this formerly non-restricted resource and is
susceptible to accusations of unjust privatization.

Is on-street carsharing parking an effective use of use of local
resources? And, if so, how can policy makers deal with the
privatization concerns?

This report draws on an analysis of the literature and modelling of
individual travel costs to argue that on-street parking is more
effective than other forms of support, such as direct financial grants
or off-street spaces, due to the extra time savings, visibility and
convenience benefits associated with on-street spaces.

Given these findings, this report presents a series of policy
recommendations […]

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Parking Expert Discusses Ways to Increase Parking, Reduce Congestion

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.

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