CTF research program of the year
During its 31st Annual Transportation Awards, the California Transportation Foundation recognized UCLA ITS’ study on Bay Area Transit Ridership. “What’s Behind Recent Transit Ridership Trends in the Bay Area?” won the 2019 “Organized Research Program of the Year” award.
The report analyzed ridership across eight transit agencies in the Bay Area from 2008-2018. The data the researchers collected found that ridership losses were most pronounced on buses, at off-peak times, on weekends, in non-commute directions, on outlying lines, and on transit operators that do not serve the region’s core jobs clusters. In other words, transit trips in the region are increasingly commute-focused, particularly into and out of downtown San Francisco.
APA Los Angeles Awards
A research project by Katelyn Stangl MURP ‘19, entitled “Parking? Lots! Parking Over the Minimum in Los Angeles,” was honored with the American Planning Association Los Angeles’ 2020 award for academic excellence for work conducted as part of master’s capstone project. Stangl’s research set out to help pave the way for parking minimum reform by investigating why a developer would build over parking minimums.
Among the other APA Los Angeles award recipients were the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with the landmark award to mark 50 years of UCLA’s urban planning department and its contributions to the Los Angeles community, and the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, as part of the team that advised LA Metro’s “Understanding How Women Travel” report.
APA Student Paper Competition
Two UCLA urban planning students both won second place in the APA Transportation Planning Division’s 2020 student paper competition.
Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting Awards
Evelyn Blumenberg won the TRB Pyke Johnson Award for her work on the mobility needs of aging adults, marking the third UCLA faculty member to win since the prize’s inception. The award-winning paper explores the relationship between car ownership, transit accessibility, and older adults’ employment status. Established in 1971, the award recognized an outstanding paper published in the field of transportation systems planning and administration. The paper was co-authored by Andrew Schouten PhD ‘19, doctoral student Miriam Pinski, and professor emeritus Martin Wachs, who won the same award more than 40 years ago, in 1976.
Cassie Halls MURP ‘20 won the “Best Master’s Student Poster Presentation” during TRB’s 2020 Transportation Research Showcase. The poster presentation featured Halls’ work, along with Emma Huang MPP ’17 from LA Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation, on a case study of bus-lane management. The study measured how the tactical transit lane on Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles impacted bus travel times, corridor-level throughput, and customer and operator experience.