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Spring Speaker Series: Urbanist Gil Penalosa on public spaces and sustainable mobility

April 4th, 2018|Comments Off on Spring Speaker Series: Urbanist Gil Penalosa on public spaces and sustainable mobility

The ITS spring speaker series kicked off with one of the world’s most influential urbanistsGil Penalosa, an advocate for public spaces and sustainable mobility. Cities must meet the challenges of the 21st century through public policy and design that improves the quality of life for all residents, Penalosa argued.

“We need to decide how we want to live,” he told a large crowd of Luskin School students, staff, faculty and community partners.

Penalosa, a graduate of the MBA program at the UCLA Anderson School, is the founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, a nonprofit organization based in Toronto and dedicated to the idea that urban spaces should benefit an 8-year-old or an 80-year-old equally. He also chairs the board […]

Video: Expert panel takes on the gender imbalance of the transportation system

March 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Video: Expert panel takes on the gender imbalance of the transportation system

Who designed our transportation system? Who does it work for — and who does it leave out?

The gender imbalance of transportation planning — a field traditionally dominated by men who designed a system that caters to men rather than women and families — was the subject of the second installment of the ongoing ITS discussion series Transportation is a Women’s Issue on March 7. Policymakers, practitioners, scholars, and students gathered at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles for a panel featuring Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) general manager and ITS advisory board member Seleta Reynolds, LA Metro deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins, and UCLA Luskin urban planning professor and ITS faculty fellow Evelyn Blumenberg, moderated […]

New research briefs: Learning from three green transportation programs in California

March 7th, 2018|Comments Off on New research briefs: Learning from three green transportation programs in California

There are more cars on California roads than ever before, threatening the state’s air quality. And landmark new investments in transit and transportation infrastructure could endanger wildlife habitats and sensitive environments.

Researchers with the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies — a network of faculty, students, and staff with branches at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and here at UCLA — have produced three research briefs to understand how efforts around the state are mitigating the impact of transportation on California’s environment. The briefs examine what lessons these programs can offer policymakers.

Can Smog Repairs Create Social Justice? The Tune In & Tune Up Smog Repair Program in the San Joaquin Valley
Gregory Pierce and Rachel Connolly
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New report: ITS scholars on the cause of California’s falling transit ridership

January 31st, 2018|Comments Off on New report: ITS scholars on the cause of California’s falling transit ridership

Many California communities are banking on more transit use to address problems of congestion and climate change. Yet despite heavy investments in public transportation over the past 15 years, transit ridership is declining — from 2012 to 2016, California lost 62.2 million annual transit rides, and the six-county Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region lost 72 million annual rides, 120 percent of the state’s total losses.

With such political support and policy stakes invested in transit, why is ridership falling? Three UCLA ITS scholars have authored a new report for SCAG in order to better understand this trend and help inform planners and policymakers on how to address declining ridership. The full report, by assistant professor of urban planning […]

Recent Martin Wachs publications explore funding for critical transportation projects

January 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Recent Martin Wachs publications explore funding for critical transportation projects

Two recent publications by UCLA distinguished professor emeritus and ITS faculty fellow Martin Wachs explore a critical question facing the United States: How can we better prioritize and finance our critical transportation projects?

Figure 1: Total Federal, State, and Local Spending on Transportation and Water Infrastructure, as a Share of Gross Domestic Product, 1956-2014 (Credit: RAND Corporation)

Professor Wachs co-authored “Not Everything Is Broken: The Future of U.S. Transportation and Water Infrastructure Funding and Finance,” recently released by the RAND Corporation. It paints a national spending picture that, while historically steady (see Figure 1), now faces serious […]

A multimodal guide to the 2018 LA Women’s March

January 19th, 2018|Comments Off on A multimodal guide to the 2018 LA Women’s March

January 21, 2017 was the largest ridership day in LA Metro history thanks to the inaugural Women’s March, which brought an estimated 750,000 people downtown. Faced with various road closures, many participants opted to take Metro to Pershing Square instead of driving   and dealt with jam-packed trains and long lines at fare vending machines as a result.

Organizers are expecting another large turnout for the 2018 march on Saturday, January 20. Based on their experiences getting to the Women’s March last year, will people again pack public transit to DTLA? Or, will we see an increase in traffic congestion as marchers switch to driving, like in […]

ITS scholars earned top planning honors in 2017

December 21st, 2017|Comments Off on ITS scholars earned top planning honors in 2017

2017 was another rewarding year for ITS scholars. Professor Donald Shoup and former doctoral student Carole Turley Voulgaris both earned top awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools and Planning (ACSP), the highest honors in academic planning.

Professor Shoup, an ITS faculty fellow and distinguished research professor of urban planning, received the ACSP Distinguished Educator Award (read his acceptance remarks here). During his tenure of more than 40 years at UCLA, Professor Shoup has built an international reputation as a premiere authority on parking policy, influencing generations of students who have gone on to implement his ideas in cities throughout the United States and the world. He spoke about his esteemed career in […]

UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies @ TRB

December 5th, 2017|Comments Off on UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies @ TRB

Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, DC January 7–11, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world.

The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2018 meeting: Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future.

UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies will be hosting a reception during the TRB Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January […]

Video: ITS discussion series addresses #MeToo and public transportation

December 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Video: ITS discussion series addresses #MeToo and public transportation

Struggling to reaching for a strap on a crowded bus. Stepping into a packed train car and looking for a small space of refuge. Waiting by yourself at a dark bus stop. Trying to run household serving errands on a public transit schedule that’s been designed for rush hour.

These are all-too-common experiences for women in transit — and illustrate why the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault must influence public transportation procedures, designs, and policies. Kicking off the new ITS lunchtime discussion series “Transportation is a Women’s Issue,” ITS associate director Madeline Brozen spoke with Dr. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, a professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School and ITS faculty fellow, about women’s transportation needs, how […]

Video: UC ITS hosts expert meeting on the 3 Revolutions at LA CoMotion

November 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Video: UC ITS hosts expert meeting on the 3 Revolutions at LA CoMotion

Shared, electric, and autonomous vehicles will soon be widely available. How should transportation policy adjust for these “three revolutions” in personal travel?

That was the question before a select group of transportation policymakers, stakeholders, and experts at the 2017 LA CoMotion Expo & Festival session on the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program from the UC Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). The program, led by researchers at ITS-Davis, hopes to guide public decision-making and private investments around new vehicle technology. Dr. Austin Brown, the executive director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy and a former official in the Obama administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, spearheaded the session’s discussion about the implications of shared, […]

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