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  •  Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen talks about The speed bumps on the road to the self-driving car future with the Globe and Mail.

    Globe and Mail
  •  Ride-sharing services, including Lyft and Uber, are experimenting with carpooling services that are changing how people get to work. Both companies have introduced technology that groups strangers as passengers -- thus saving commuters money -- but using algorithms that match distances and times of trips with other people going to similar places or in similar directions. Susan Shaheen, a researcher at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley, says ride-sharing carpool services could help fix some of the "first-mile, last-mile" issues with U.S. transportation grids, providing shorter trips to and from public transportation systems whose riders currently aren't well-served. 

    Wall Street Journal
  • Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen talks to Mission Local about entrepreneurial service providers tapping into a new market to fill the gaps where public transit is lacking.

    Mission Local
  • TSRC's Susan Shaheen talks to CityLab on how the city’s partnership with Bridj will show the world what happens when ride-hailing really meets public transit.

    Atlantic CityLab
  • Professor Arpad Horvath is featured in CNBC's new series, Sustainable Energy, as one of the key individuals shaping the energy landscape today.

    Horvath was chosen as the expert to guide the series' kick off episode, The future of clean transport, part 1 and part 2, which turns the spotlight on 4 of the main transportation sectors, electric cars, rail, maritime, and aviation. (In Part 1, Horvath first appears at 5:54. In Part 2, he first appears at 4:17.)

    CNBC
  •  KTVU News at 10 interviewed Professor Juan Pestana on the effects of drainage and rainfall on foundations in congested urban environments.

    The news station was investigating the $2 million dollar house in San Francisco that was demolished after cracks were found in its retaining wall.

    KTVU
  •  Transportation Sustainability Research Center's study on climate impacts of Uber and Lyft looked at in The Guardian's article Are Uber and Lyft helping or hurting the environment?.

    The Guardian
  •  Driverless cars were a hot topic at Davos this week, and the consensus of participants was that the phenomenon is well on its way however unprepared public policy is to manage the sea change. "There's a lot of cities talking as we speak," says Susan Shaheen, co-director of Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center. "You're probably going to hear more really soon

    New York Times
  • With California's goal of having a third of its electricity come from renewable sources by the end of 2020, and half by 2030, electric vehicles have gained quite a bit of traction. For civil and environmental engineering professor Arpad Horvath, biofuels could also be part of the solution, but not in the immediate future. "The existing biofuel production system is unsustainable, the future will have to be based on plant waste or household waste or some other waste materials," he says. "We're still figuring out the best way to turn them into biofuels at scale," he added.

    CNBC
  •  KQED News discusses Transportation Sustainability Research Center's new study on carsharing with the NRDC.

    KQED