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 California’s Collier–Burns Highway Act Helped Pave the Way for the Era of the American Interstate Highway. The award is presented annually to exceptional papers in the fields of policy and organization. In the paper the authors use government and legislative text to point out the ways California’s 1947 Collier-Burns Highway Act provided a financial blueprint that eventually influenced transportation finance on a nationwide scale.
Recent graduate Severin Martinez, MURP ’16, was awarded the 2017 Neville Parker Award for his paper Who Wins When Streets Lose Lanes? An Analysis of Safety on Road Diet Corridors in Los Angeles. Recognized as the best transportation policy planning capstone project in the country, the award was bestowed by the Council of University Transportation Centers. Martinez examines the effects of “classic road diets”, or the reduction in through traffic lanes to make room for a center turn lane. By comparing rates of collision on five Los Angeles streets receiving this cost-effective treatment, Martinez’s research reveals a significant reduction in crash and injury rates.
The Department of Urban Planning’s distinguished professor […]