Transportation

Transportation research at the Lewis Center is conducted in close partnership with the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). Since its inception in 1992, ITS has supported hundreds of UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs students with over $2 million in scholarship funding, which is relatively unique among UCLA research centers in both scope and scale. The Institute of Transportation Studies also enriches the School of Public Affairs curriculum by regularly funding special topics courses in transportation studies; and actively link transportation research with policy and planning practice through highly successful programs such as the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium on the Transportation/Land Use/Environment Connection. ITS is also home to the nation’s most widely read transportation research magazine, ACCESS Magazine.

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    Professor Emeritus Martin Wachs On A Very Brief History of Why Americans Hate Their Commutes

Professor Emeritus Martin Wachs On A Very Brief History of Why Americans Hate Their Commutes

Recently, Lewis Center Faculty Fellow and UCLA Urban Planning Professor Emeritus Martin Wachs authored an article posted to The Atlantic Cities website. To view the article, A Very Brief History of Why Americans Hate Their Commutes, click here.

By |February 11th, 2014
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    Lewis Center Researcher Herbie Huff On NPR’s All Things Considered

Lewis Center Researcher Herbie Huff On NPR’s All Things Considered

The Lewis Center’s Herbie Huff was recently interviewed by NPR for a story on All Things Considered on biking in Los Angeles. Click here to listen to the segment and read more about L.A. Bike Trains, an organization that arranges and guides bicycle commuting groups.

Ms. Huff is a research associate at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute for Transportation Studies, where she works to bring data and research to bear on the most pressing planning and policy questions facing decisionmakers. She holds a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.S. in Mathematics and English from Harvey Mudd College. She is a Mayoral appointee to the City’s Bicycle [...]

By |December 5th, 2013

Latest Issue of ACCESS Magazine Now Available

The latest issue of Access Magazine is now available online. You can view and download the issue here, or click on the titles below to be taken directly to each article.

In this issue:

By |December 5th, 2013
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    Complete Streets Initiative Manager Madeline Brozen Participates in UCLA’s GIS Day 2013 Program

Complete Streets Initiative Manager Madeline Brozen Participates in UCLA’s GIS Day 2013 Program

Madeline Brozen, Manager of the Lewis Center’s Complete Streets Initiative, delivered a presentation entitled Bicycle Count Data Clearinghouse at UCLA’s GIS Day 2013 program at the Charles E. Young Research Library on Wednesday, November 20. The program also featured the following presentations:

Looking for Asokan Edicts with GIS - Thomas Gillespie; A Map for the Future: Measuring Radiation Levels in Fukushima, Japan - Yoh Kawano and David Shepard; TextMapper: Visualizing Locations Stored in Bodies of Text - Michael Shin; and Exploring Social Media Users in Los Angeles with SimplyMap - Steven Swartz

For more information on the Bicycle Data Clearinghouse project, click here.

By |November 21st, 2013
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    Lecture Recap: Measuring the Economic Impact of Street Improvements in New York City

Lecture Recap: Measuring the Economic Impact of Street Improvements in New York City

Eric Lee, the president of management consulting firm Bennett Midland LLC, visited the Lewis Center this week to present his firm’s innovative work regarding the economic impacts of reallocation of street space in New York City for dedicated bikeways, pedestrian improvements, and bus lanes.

Mr. Lee first set the stage by showing pictures of the types of projects considered in the study. Quite dramatic changes, such as parking-protected bikeways and the conversion of parking into pedestrian plazas, have taken place in New York City in recent years. Mr. Lee’s research concerns the question, “Will these changes hurt economic activity?”

Mr. Lee’s presentation was an overview of the study methodology and findings. [...]

By |November 19th, 2013
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    2013 Lake Arrowhead Symposium Focused on Smart Technologies, Smart Policies

2013 Lake Arrowhead Symposium Focused on Smart Technologies, Smart Policies

On Sunday, October 19, policymakers and thought leaders from around the country convened in Lake Arrowhead, CA for a three-day symposium on the relationship between technology, data, transportation and land use planning, and the environment. The event, entitled “Smart Technologies, Smart Policies” is the 23rd annual installment in a series of relatively intimate, carefully curated symposia convened by the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. This year, the panels dealt with such questions as: How can the public sector be responsive to the fast-pace and great uncertainty that technological change presents? How are city governments using more data and new technologies to plan and manage transportation systems in [...]

By |November 12th, 2013

Teens & Travel Study Profiled on TheAtlanticCities.com

In a recent article posted on TheAtlanticCities.comEvelyn Blumenberg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Lewis Center Faculty Fellow, discusses her research on teens and travel, What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults. To view the article, click here.

By |November 5th, 2013
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    Lecture Recap: Driving Detroit: The Quest For Respect In The Motor City

Lecture Recap: Driving Detroit: The Quest For Respect In The Motor City

Professor George Galster, of Wayne State University, visited the Lewis Center this week to present a vibrant summary of his new book, “Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City.” Speaking to a full room of students, faculty, staff and Luskin School guests, Galster offered his insight into how Detroit arrived at its current dysfunctional metropolis. His analytical framework used basic psychological principals to examine how Detroit’s residents quest for securing physical, social and psychological resources contributed to this deterioration. Galster demonstrated this framework with a series of examples, including the “chain of moves” whereby developers continually built new housing on the ever-expanding urban fringes, encouraging residents [...]

By |November 1st, 2013
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    Lecture Recap: Analyzing Pedestrian Movements in Israeli Cities

Lecture Recap: Analyzing Pedestrian Movements in Israeli Cities

This October, Dr. Yodan Rofe visited UCLA to present his work developing a model for pedestrian activity in Israeli cities. Speaking to a full audience, he discussed the state of the practice in pedestrian modeling and the goals and results of his work in Israel. Dr. Rofe cited the work of Jane Jacobs, Kevin Lynch, and Jan Gehl as theoretical predecessors. He defined and explained the “spatial configuration approach” to travel modeling, which draws on the work of Hillier and Hanson, who pioneered this concept in 1989 with their book The Social Logic of Space. This approach entails formalizing the street network in a city as a set of links [...]

By |October 31st, 2013
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    Climate Change Initiative Director Juan Matute Interviewed By UCLA Today

Climate Change Initiative Director Juan Matute Interviewed By UCLA Today

Juan Matute, Director of the UCLA Climate Change Initiative was recently interviewed by UCLA Today. Click here to read more about climate change, transportation, and what we can do about it.

Juan Matute is the director of the UCLA Local Climate Change Initiative at the Luskin School of Public Affairs. He studies how to transform notoriously car-dependent cities like Los Angeles into cleaner, greener, but still useable public-transit hubs.

By |October 10th, 2013

Current Research Projects

Green City Transportation Architecture
On this project: Juan Matute, Brian D. Taylor, Jamiee Lederman, Stephen Brumbaugh, Carol Turlee, Arlen Spiro

Green City Transport Architecture:closing the loop between sensors, navigators, and routes, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and involving researchers at UCLA, UC Riverside, and Rutgers University.  The aim of this research project is to identify opportunities for sensors an …

Congestion-Priced Parking in California: Equity, Efficiency, and Implementation
On this project: Madeline Brozen, Donald Shoup

This project, done in collaboration with UC Berkeley, is evaluating and analyzing two performance-based parking projects, SF Park and LA Express Park. Over the past two years, researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley collected data about parking occupancy, rates of payment, reasons for non-payment and ot …

Exploration and Implications of Multimodal Street Performance Metrics: What’s a Passing Grade?
On this project: Robin Liggett, Rui Wang, Madeline Brozen, Herbie Huff

20th Street in Santa Monica performance for bicyclists and pedestrians by different scoring mechanisms.   This project analyzes new multimodal street performance metrics for transportation projects. Scholars and practitioners have developed these new performance metrics in recent years in an at …

TransitWiki – California Statewide Transit Resources Project
On this project: Juan Matute

TransitWiki.org is a knowledge management website for sharing information among California’s transit agencies and operators.  The goal is to to accelerate the successful implementation of cost-effective strategies to improve transit service. On this site you’ll find basic information about strategie …

Performance Monitoring Tools to Assess Sustainable Communities Strategies
On this project: Juan Matute, Madeline Brozen, Herbie Huff, Norman Wong

REVISION (Regional Engaging, Visioning, and Implementing Sustainability through Infill Opportunities Network)* is a transformational upgrade to the CALOTS (California Land Opportunities Tracking System), which has served as a useful, public tool over the past decade of integrated regional transporta …

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