We are proud to announce that Lewis Center Associate Director, Juan Matute will be participating in UCLA’s commitment to President Barack Obama’s Grand Challenges initiative. Juan will be serving on the Spatial and Discipline Integration Committee as part of UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Project, Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles. In order for UCLA to provide Los Angeles with a successful and efficient blueprint for achieving 100% sustainability by 2050, the project will first develop a work plan for the next five years. A call to campus […]
Lewis Center and ITS Faculty Fellow Don Shoup sat down with BuzzFeed news to expand on his astute sound bite at CityLab this week, “It’s unfair to have cities where parking is free for cars and housing is expensive for people.” The article condenses Professor Shoup’s some 700-page tour de force “The High Cost of Free Parking” into a 4 point Buzzfeed piece. Frequent readers of BuzzFeed articles may notice something missing: […]
Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor and researcher Madeline Brozen recently moderated panels at the Mobility 21 Summit, an annual conference that focuses on transportation issues confronting the Southern California region. […]
We are proud to announce that Lewis Center Assistant Director and Complete Streets Program Manager, Madeline Brozen, has been named a 2014 Lee Schipper Sustainable Transport Scholar. […]
Proposed changes by the Los Angeles Metro Board have cut a number of programs, including bus lines that potentially impacts the Bus Riders Union, the elderly, and the lower-income population. These routes, that potentially assist disadvantaged groups, were part of a discussion on KCRW's local radio show Which Way LA? with Warren Olney. Urban Planning Professor and Institute of Transportation Studies Director Brian Taylor explained why the Metro Board of Directors is making cutback and drastic choices. Listen to the complete story at KCRW.
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By Adeney Zo UCLA Luskin student writer A group of Urban Planning students looking to expand their knowledge and professional connections in the transportation world made the trip to the 93rd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C., earlier this month. The TRB annual meeting is a massive event, with around 12,000 participants and 800 different sessions spanning the width and breadth of transportation studies each year. Attending this event offered the UCLA Luskin students an opportunity to meet a mix of professionals and academics working on issues and projects similar to their own. One student presenter, Jaimee Lederman, recalled, “This conference really gave me the chance to talk to people I normally couldn’t gain access to. For example, I had problems getting data from people in the insurance industry because they are not easy to contact, but there was a woman there who happened to be the head of an insurance company.” Fellow student Kelcie Ralph agreed that the networking opportunities at the program are invaluable: “My first year, I tried to go to as many sessions as possible and drilled myself into the ground just to see everything. This year, I scaled back and focused on networking. I had the [...]
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The Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. is always a reunion of sorts for UCLA students, faculty, and alumni who study transportation. The program is quite extensive, with nearly 800 sessions throughout the five-day meeting and over 12,000 transportation professionals in attendance. Amid these crowds, one could almost always find a fellow UCLA scholar within eyesight. UCLA sent presenters to 20 sessions this year, including a standing-room-only panel discussion on millenials and travel behavior, at which Professors Brian Taylor and Evelyn Blumenberg spoke. Over 150 guests packed into the annual "UCLA in DC" reception hosted by the Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies at La Tomate Bistro. Director Brian Taylor gave the door prizes, including the prize for most TRBs attended, which went to Professor Emeritus Martin Wachs, who has attended 50 TRBs. UCLA also had a cameo at the packed Six Minute Pitch session. In this competition, transportation entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to investors, and then fielded a live Q&A from the investors in a format similar to the television show Shark Tank. When one of the investors tried to pass off a photo of UCLA's Royce Hall as another university, investor Gabe Klein [...]