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 transit agencies are and are not meeting these needs, and the role of sexual harassment in public space and public transit. Watch the full discussion in the video below, and stay tuned for information about the next installment in the ongoing series.   

By | 2017-12-04T16:21:34+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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, electric, and autonomous vehicles on mobility, pricing, greenhouse gas emissions, public transit, and much more. Dr. Michael Manville, an assistant professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and UCLA ITS faculty fellow, contributed his thoughts on what policies can be put in place to improve transportation outcomes now and in the near future.  Dr. Brown, Dr. Manville, and several session attendees shared their insights in a short video: To learn more about the 3 Revolutions program, visit the UC Davis [...]

By | 2017-11-28T15:35:40+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 plus. Functionally, we are looking for a transportation professional who can assist in developing a multi-year research program, work with external partners, and curate content for a major executive education program.   ITS hosts the annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium on the Transportation-Land Use-Environment Connection, a 27-year old institution in California planning and policymaking. The program manager will take a lead role in developing that program and working with external partners to ensure its success. ITS is recognized as a leader in the fields of equity and innovative [...]

By | 2017-11-27T11:11:42+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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:

By | 2017-11-21T14:39:19+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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

Webinar featuring Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley and Mike Manville, UCLAAutonomous 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 and level 5 means completely self-driving vehicles. No large-scale deployments of level 4 or 5 automation exist, but that will change soon. “What I think we’re going to see as we move into 2017 and beyond is more of these highly automated or fully automated deployments,” explained Professor Shaheen. Companies like Uber and Tesla are already starting to scale up autonomous vehicle experiments.When autonomous vehicles do roll out in larger numbers, it will likely be in limited scenarios. Cities like Columbus and San Francisco [...]

By | 2017-10-09T12:18:24+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

UCLA Researchers Present at the 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

 Every year UCLA students and faculty fly out to Washington DC for the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.  The conference is held every January and provides researchers, students, and transportation professionals with the opportunity to share the latest research into all things transportation.  The theme for the 96th annual conference for 2017 was Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change and as usual UCLA was well represented, presenting the latest research on fourteen different sessions and panels. Two notable awards were presented at the event to UCLA ITS members.  Director Brian Taylor and UCLA alumn co-authors Eric Morris and Jeffrey Brown were awarded the Wootan Award for their paper Negotiating a Financial Package for Freeways:  How California’s Collier–Burns Highway Act Helped Pave the Way for the Era of the American Interstate Highway.  The award is presented annually to exceptional papers in the fields of policy and organization.  In the paper the authors use government and legislative text to point out the ways California's 1947 Collier-Burns Highway Act provided a financial blueprint that eventually influenced transportation finance on a nationwide scale.Recent graduate Severin Martinez, MURP '16, was awarded the 2017 Neville Parker Award for his paper Who Wins When Streets Lose Lanes? [...]

By | 2017-10-09T12:18:24+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

A Multimillion-Dollar Boost to Tackle Transportation Challenges

Thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, faculty, staff researchers, and students affiliated with the UCLA Luskin Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) will be part of a new regional transportation center that will tackle some of the most important transportation issues facing America.“Universities are at the forefront of identifying solutions, researching critical emerging issues and ensuring improved access to opportunity for all Americans,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in announcing more than $300 million in grants to 32 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) nationwide, selected from among 212 proposals submitted. “This competition supports the future transportation workforce by providing students with opportunities to take part in cutting-edge research with leading experts in the field.”

By | 2016-12-21T17:38:12+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Luskin Graduate Research Grant Application – up to $5,000 for student research

UCLA Students are invited to apply for a Graduate Research Grant for your research and capstone projects. This application is jointly offered by the: The Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Institute of Transportation Studies, Luskin Center for Innovation, and the Edward Hildebrand Canadian Studies Program. Below are details about the Graduate Research Grant program, the areas in which we fund, where your project best fits, and instructions to apply. Purpose: The Graduate Research Grant program provides an opportunity for students to receive support for their theses, Applied Policy Projects (APP’s), Applied Planning Research Projects (APRP’s), or other capstone project specific to their department. The objective of the grant program is to support student projects that otherwise would not be possible without some financial or professional support. The award program offers: 1) financial support, 2) layout and design support, and 3) assistance with publicity and distribution of your project findings. Awards may include in-kind time provided by center staff (for purposes of layout and publicity assistance) to financial resources up to $5,000, or some combination. Eligible and ineligible expenses: Graduate Research Grants may be used to cover direct costs associated with research, specifically data acquisition, software, production of final report, [...]

By | 2017-11-02T13:39:46+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies @ TRB

Tuesday evening reception RSVPThe Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting will be held January 8–12, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world.The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in over 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 2017 meeting: Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change.The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies will be hosting a reception during the TRB Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Busboys & Poets at the corner of 5th St NW and K St. The reception is open to all friends and alums of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.This year UCLA will once [...]

By | 2017-10-09T12:18:24+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Ballot Box Transportation Finance: November 2016

Next Tuesday, voters across the county will decide on some 300+ ballot measures that will use tax increases to fund transportation improvements. With the help of our friends at the Eno Center for Transportation, we are exploring how these measures are distributed across California and the county. These measures could raise nearly $200 billion for transit investments, and billions more to fund improvement of roads, rail and freight. The federal gas tax, traditionally the nation’s primary source of transportation funding, has not been raised in 22 years. In 2014, only about 27 percent of transportation funding was federal, dropping from a high of 35 percent in 1980.Simultaneously, the nation’s transportation infrastructure is in dire need of investment simply for maintenance, not to mention investment in new roads and transit infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $170 billion in capital investment is needed annually to improve road conditions across the county, with transit, rail, and ports in similar states of disrepair.  Transportation funding needs have been a frequently visited topic of the presidential candidates.As federal fuel tax revenues and other sources of federal funding for transportation continue to decline, financial responsibility has increasingly shifted to states, counties, and local [...]

By | 2017-10-09T12:18:24+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|