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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, […]

Job announcement: ITS seeks program manager

November 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Job announcement: ITS seeks program manager

We seek a dynamic transportation professional to serve as a program manager at the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), a national leader in transportation research and community of scholars studying transportation finance, public transit, and innovative mobility. We work across the UCLA campus to coordinate, conduct, and promote research that produces real results in California and around the globe.

For our program manager, we are seeking someone with experience and interest in equity and mobility, either as a researcher or practitioner. Candidates with strong knowledge and interest in innovative mobility services (carshare, rideshare, bikeshare) are preferred. Working knowledge of public transit, travel behavior, transportation finance, and surface transportation policy is a […]

2017 Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains

October 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on 2017 Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains

The annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium brings together influential planners, policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders for three days of immersive discussion on the connections between land use, transportation, and the environment. This October's 27th edition of the gathering tackled the highly relevant topic of "Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains," examining how land use policy interacts with and often impedes climate goals.

Sessions covered everything from housing displacement to freight logistics to infrastructure planning for greenhouse gas emissions. Speakers summarized some of the symposium's key themes and insights in the video below:

Recap: Lessons from the Sharing Economy for the Autonomous Vehicle Future

February 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Recap: Lessons from the Sharing Economy for the Autonomous Vehicle Future

Webinar featuring Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley and Mike Manville, UCLA

Autonomous vehicles hold enormous potential – a future with self-driving cars could mean safer streets, less congestion, and increased equity. These benefits are particularly promising when autonomous vehicle technology meets shared mobility companies like Uber and Lyft. But how close are we to that future? Professor Susan Shaheen of UC Berkeley and Associate Professor Michael Manville of UCLA talked about this difficult issue during a webinar hosted by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies.

We are still some time away from truly autonomous vehicles. There are five stages of automation: level 4 means you can occasionally take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel […]

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