UCLA Transportation Policy &Planning Ph.D. student Kelcie Ralph has been selected to participate in the 22nd Annual Eno Leadership Development Conference hosted by the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, D.C. on June 1-5, 2014. The program allows graduate students pursuing transportation-related degrees the opportunity to participate in an intensive program with prominent transportation executives in government, public, private, and non-profit organizations. The conference provides a first-hand look at the development and implementation of transportation policy, and will feature meetings with top government officials, leaders of associations, and members of Congress and their staff. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn how transportation policy is shaped and applied and become better equipped to understand and participate in the policy-making process involved in a career in transportation.
Recently, ITS Director Brian Taylor was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story on a new Caltrans study showing that Californians are growing less reliant on automobiles while walking, biking, and transit trips are on the rise. Click here for the full story and Professor Taylor’s comments.
The UCLA Complete Streets Initiative's work on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro) Bicycle Count Data Clearinghouse project received both federal and local attention this week. Locally, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is seeking a way to improve how traffic counts are done for cyclists and pedestrians. In its report to the City Council, the Department wrote that traffic counts that include metrics for cyclists and pedestrians will better support the prioritization of future transportation and infrastructure projects. Complete Streets Initiative staff advised LADOT how to adjust their current methodology to be consistent with the standards for counting and reporting set forth in the Bicycle Count Data Clearinghouse. The council report acknowledged this partnership and assistance in developing a template and plans to use this template to enter count data into the Bicycle Count Data Clearinghouse. The complete council report can be viewed here. “Having the City of Los Angeles as an active participant in the clearinghouse is an exciting and promising moment for open data in the region. We were pleased to work with LADOT to see how their practices could meet our proposed standard and ensure they are [...]