ITS News

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    ITS Director Alexandre Bayen describes technology advances that are changing mobility, and explains how these new tools will be used on a 20-mile stretch of freeway in southern California as part of a Connected Corridors pilot project. The article was posted recently by the New Cities Foundation.

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    In a UCTC working paper, Lisa Rayle and colleagues reveal for the first time how app-based ride services, Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar, affect taxi service, transit use, and traffic congestion in San Francisco. The researchers discovered wait times are far longer for taxis than the new on-demand ride services.

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    Professor Samer Madanat, who led ITS for 10 years, first as acting director and then director, was honored on August 25 for creating new research centers, mentoring young faculty, and guiding the institute through a difficult period of financial cutbacks. Madanat currently heads the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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    UC Berkeley graduate students, Jesus Barajas, Frank Proulx and Lisa Rayle, have won coveted 2014 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships for their research in transportation planning. 

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    Orientation for incoming transportation graduate students will take place August 25 at 1 p.m. in room 412 McLaughlin Hall as part of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering's all-day orientation program. Incoming City and Regional Planning students with an emphasis on transportation are urged to attend. 

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    In a blog published by the London School of Economics and Political Science, Karen Trapenberg Frick describes how opposition to a little-known, non-binding U.N. resolution intended to help governments understand and undertake measures to cope with climate change has derailed city and regional planning efforts.


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    Scott Moura, an ITS-affiliated faculty member, has been awarded a research grant through the National Science Foundation's Energy, Power, Controls, and Networks program. The project is aimed at maximizing performance of lithium-ion batteries in applications that include smart phones, electric vehicles, and grid-scale energy storage.


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    Karen Trapenberg Frick, co-director of UCTC and assistant director of UCConnect, describes a possible way forward in the running battle between planners and their opponents in a blog published by the California Planning & Development Report.


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    TSRC researchers,  Elliot Martin and Susan Shaheen, show how public bikesharing programs may increase or reduce transit use in cities, depending on several factors. Their research was just published online by the Journal of Transport Geography.


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    Robert Harley, an affiliated ITS faculty member and an expert on air quality and air pollution modeling, has been appointed the Carl W. Johnson Professor in Civil Engineering Chair by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. He is known for using the Caldecott Tunnel as a research laboratory to measure types and levels of vehicle emissions.