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Visiting scholar has eyes on the road ― literally ― in search of wildfire impacts

Climate adaptation expert Mikhail Chester focuses on infrastructure vulnerabilities in a changing environment by Claudia Bustamante For the next year, the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies will benefit from the research and expertise of a climate adaptation specialist. Mikhail Chester, an associate professor of civil engineering at Arizona State University, has joined the institute as a visiting scholar, focusing his yearlong appointment on studying infrastructure vulnerabilities in a changing environment. “Roads are not designed for the worsening conditions of climate change,” Chester said. The old, conventional thinking about this problem was to map the hazards: Where will it be hotter? Where will it flood? Where do the roads and bridges intersect? “Infrastructure are not fragile, brittle things. They’re tough,” he said. “What I’ve been trying to do is shine a light on how we can think more critically about what ‘vulnerability’ means.” Specifically, while at UCLA, Chester will study how roads are vulnerable to wildfires. Last year, California experienced its largest and deadliest wildfire season. And despite a wet winter, the state is again braced for an active wildfire season spurred by rising heat and driven by winds. In recent years, Californians have seen wildfires burn near, and eventually cross, [...]

By |2019-09-13T11:33:57-07:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

ITS awards 10 urban planning capstones for quality work on pressing transportation issues in LA, California

As part of their studies at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, graduate students complete a project on behalf of clients, whereby they define a problem, design and conduct data collection, analyze and contextualize the information, and prepare a written and oral report for their client organization. Students gain experience working as consultants, and clients receive professional-level analysis and recommendations to drive action. Each year, UCLA ITS supports a handful of these student research projects that investigate the pressing issues at the intersection of today’s transportation planning and policy topics. During the 2018-19 academic year, ITS funded 14 graduate capstone projects. Working with clients from across the region, each student investigated a real-world question through their projects, addressing an existing need and adding to research. These capstone projects capture the range of issues — at local, regional, and national levels — at the forefront of transportation planning. Their research will help inform and guide equitable policies and approaches for transportation departments and cities across the LA region. UCLA ITS awarded 10 graduate students for outstanding work on their capstone projects. The winners are: Student Project Client Esteban Doyle The Role of Transportation in School Access: A Case [...]

By |2019-09-11T17:32:20-07:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

UCLA issues updates to recently released Tactical Transit Lanes guidebook

A month after releasing a well-received guidebook on pop-up bus-only lanes, the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies issued an addendum with solutions to one of the biggest obstacles — lack of enforcement. Best Practices in Implementing Tactical Transit Lanes highlights the recent surge of bus-only lanes that are “tactically implemented in dense, congested areas to speed up transit.” Tactical transit lanes, or TTLs as they’re affectionately called, are inexpensive and quick to implement, but they break down without enforcement. “We heard concerns from planners across the country about how to effectively enforce TTLs so we went back to our partner transit agencies to reconsider what ‘tactical’ could really look like,” said Juan Matute, ITS deputy director and co-author of the report. TTL 2.0 solves this problem completely. Using a combination of low-cost accessories, such as plows, drill heads, continuous tracks used on tanks, and monster truck wheels, transit operators can now tactically avoid or relocate improperly parked vehicles and other offending items. The figures below demonstrate how these simple interventions can be utilized. Figure 1: A continuous tread to break through enemy parked obstacles. Figure 2: A redesigned plow to gently push a vehicle into its appropriate place — out [...]

By |2019-07-11T13:22:49-07:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

From Public Transit to Public Mobility: A UCLA Forum on Adapting to New Mobility Options

Across the country, public transit ridership has been declining. But that isn’t the story in Seattle and Terry White, deputy general manager at King County Metro Transit, said that could be attributed to the agency’s community efforts. Speaking at the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies’ 12th annual Downtown Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment, held on March 1, 2019, at the Japanese American National Museum, White said an organization that doesn’t reflect its community will lose trust. “We’ve been making a concentrated effort that the folks that make up our outreach and leadership teams reflect the communities we go out and serve,” White said. “I don’t think it’s an accident that we have better relationships since 2014.” King County Transit, which most recently won the American Public Transportation Association award for outstanding transit system, makes more than 400,000 trips per day and has seen all-time high ridership as more people move into the Seattle area. Joining White were UCLA academics, government, nonprofit and private sector representatives sharing other real-word examples of how to tackle declining transit ridership, especially in an era of emerging new mobility services. The forum focused on successful public-private partnerships that could fill gaps [...]

By |2019-05-30T14:14:57-07:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: events|

In Memorium: Computer science, ITS professor Mario Gerla MS ’70, PhD ’73

Mario Gerla (front) and researcher on car-to-car communications networks (UCLA photo/Reed Hutchinson © 2007) Professor Mario Gerla MS ’70, PhD ’73, a pioneer in computer networks who had supervised more than 100 PhD graduates and served as chair of computer science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering during his long career, died on Feb. 9 after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75 years old. Gerla was also affiliated faculty with the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies because of his research interests in vehicular networks, such as car-to-car communications networks and urban sensing, and traffic management for congestion and pollution mitigation. “Over the past few years, Professor Gerla collaborated with transportation scholars across the UCLA campus and around the world on a number of innovative projects,” said Brian Taylor, ITS director and professor of urban planning at UCLA Luskin. “He was a warm and generous colleague, an exceptional scholar, and he will be deeply missed.” Gerla was born in Arona, Italy, in 1943 and grew up in Milan. He received an engineering degree from the Politecnico di Milano in 1966 and completed service in the Italian Navy following graduation. In 1969, he moved to the United [...]

By |2019-05-30T14:15:12-07:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|