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Brian Taylor Leads National Academies Study on Technology-Enabled Mobility Services

Dec. 11, 2015Download "Special Report 319 Between Public and Private Mobility: Examining the Rise of Technology-Enabled Transportation Services."Listen to the audio recording of the session on Special Report 319 at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.WASHINGTON – Innovative transportation services such as car sharing, bike sharing, and transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are changing mobility for millions of travelers. Yet regulation of these services often varies greatly across geographic areas and industry segments. Policymakers and regulators should formulate consistent policies that encourage competition among these new and traditional transportation services -- such as taxis -- in order to improve mobility, safety, and sustainability, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.California was the first state to establish statewide regulations for transportation network companies and as such UC researchers played a large role in the report. Director Brian Taylor served as chair of the committee and was joined by two other UC Institute of Transportation researchers, Susan Shaheen, Co-Director of the University of California, Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center and Daniel Sperling, founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. Other notable members of [...]

By |2017-10-09T12:18:24-07:00December 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

UCLA Recruiting a Faculty Member in Transportation Planning

 The UCLA Department of Urban Planning invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in transportation.  We seek a bold, innovative thinker who is, or soon will be, a leading scholar of cities and regions.  We welcome applicants with varied research interests, though the candidate selected must be able to contribute substantially to our transportation policy and planning curriculum.The Department of Urban Planning currently hosts 16 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, 7 affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, 7 visiting practice faculty, 5 adjunct faculty, 4 active professors emeriti, 35 PhD students, 150 master’s students, and 60 undergraduate minors across its large, diverse, and highly selective PhD, master’s, and undergraduate programs.  We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban studies and transportation planning, and our faculty, students, and alumni have long been known for their passionate commitment to social justice and progressive planning ideals.Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate.  The Luskin School of Public Affairs is home to the departments of Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning, as well as six research centers, including the Institute of Transportation Studies (which is a member of the University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation), the Lewis Center for [...]

By |2020-10-16T16:34:56-07:00September 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

UCLA Hosts US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

 “Transportation connects us. It gives everyone a shot.”For the final Luskin Lecture of the 2014-15 academic year, and the keynote of our Downtown LA Forum on Complete Streets / Competing Priorities, Anthony Foxx, who was appointed Transportation Secretary by President Obama in July 2013, spoke about the many ways that transportation can connect and integrate communities. The event was presented in partnership with Los Angeles Metro. Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted the role of transportation in social justice. He described our transportation network as the binding fabric of our society – it enables opportunity and is a reflection of our values. Yet, while it can unify neighborhoods, transportation infrastructure can also divide communities. Mr. Foxx gave examples of disadvantaged communities in Missouri and Baltimore that are divided and disrupted by highways.Secretary Foxx noted some of the ways that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), under his administration, seeks to address equity concerns. A Federal pilot program emphasizes local hiring programs for infrastructure projects. Hiring people from the community constitutes an investment in the people of a neighborhood, as well as infrastructure. Secretary Foxx also cited the examples of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Omaha and freeway-capping projects in Columbus as [...]

By |2020-10-14T15:59:46-07:00June 9th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

UCLA at the 2015 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC boasts such a wide array of activities and gatherings that in this era of social media it is tempting to use tweets and photos to convey the considerable intellectual energy that permeates the week. We make no pretense of being any different at UCLA- you get your fill of such delights at the Twitter feed “@ucla_its” and peruse the photos in our slideshow. […]

By |2020-11-30T12:19:18-08:00January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Transportation, Events|

Arrowhead Redux: Resilient Cities and Regions

Here at the Lewis Center, we’re still basking in the positive and thought-provoking glow of the 2014 Arrowhead Symposium, which this year took a deep dive into the topic of Resilient Cities and Regions. It was the 24th annual installment of the Arrowhead Symposium, which is always an intimate, invite-only look at some topic within the broader theme of the transportation-land use-environment connection. This year, we thought we’d try to bring some of the magic down from the […]

By |2020-10-14T15:59:44-07:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

What are Resilient Cities, and Why Should We Care?

The title of opening talk at the 24th annual Arrowhead symposium was brazen and even a touch combative: “What are Resilient Cities and Regions, and Why Should We Care?” In his introductory remarks, Symposium Director Brian Taylor quickly made clear the provocative tone was driven by urgency, since if resilience takes the form of a buzzword that means almost anything, then it may soon mean almost nothing. The central intellectual challenge of the symposium would thus be to apply this powerful yet elusive term […]

By |2017-10-09T12:18:24-07:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Bill Fulton: Planning for Resilience

Fulton began with the basic question everyone came to discuss: How does resilience relate to planning? Resilience is usually thought of in economic or environmental terms, and the resiliency of the built environment and social fabric of the city receive much less attention.   Bill Fulton argued that we should think about how cities and the people within them respond to disturbances. The built environment must be adaptable and redundant. Fulton cited some examples of built things that have transformed or adapted over the decades: Fanueil Hall in […]

By |2017-10-09T12:18:24-07:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Soft Infrastructure and the Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity of Cities and Regions

Most people are familiar with hard infrastructure- perhaps images of roads, bridges, buildings, and sewers immediately come to mind. Yet many may not be as familiar with the concept of soft infrastructure, which refers to human capital and the social and cultural resources that cultivate healthy communities. Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA, moderated a panel of presentations that looked at this idea of soft infrastructure and its relationship to resilient cities.   First up was Sunaree Marshall […]

By |2017-10-09T12:18:24-07:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Ray Quay: Anticipatory Governance, a Framework for Resilience Planning

The Sonoran Desert covers large parts of California and Arizona, and is the hottest desert in North America. Yet the desert area also hosts Phoenix, AZ, a metropolitan area of 4.3 million and one of America’s fastest-growing cities. Roughly two decades ago Phoenix decided to prioritize the preservation of desert land in the northern part of the city and sought to acquire 20,000 acres of Sonora Desert. The city faced a number of obstacles: a lack of funding to acquire land, pressure from the real estate industry to pursue […]

By |2019-08-29T14:50:54-07:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Shaken, but not Stirred (to Action)?

Both of California’s major regions, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, sit on active earthquake faults. How resilient will they be when the next one hits? Together, three panelists offered insights on just how many systems and approaches come together to form earthquake preparedness — or lack thereof — in California. Consider the wide range of activities currently underway: buying and selling insurance, funding and constructing building reinforcements made of plywood and nails, political strategizing about water bonds, retrofitting large public infrastructure like highways, airports, […]

By |2017-10-09T12:18:25-07:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|