ITS News

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    The cost of domestic flight delays puts a $32.9 billion dent into the U.S. economy, and about half that cost is borne by airline passengers, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The research was commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the final report was delivered to the agency Monday, Oct. 18. 

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    ITS Berkeley news editor Christine Cosgrove has won the 2009 Science and Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers. Cosgrove, along with co-author Susan Cohen, a former faculty member at Berkeley's School of Journalism, won the Book category for Normal at Any Cost: Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry's Quest to Manipulate Height, their history of medical attempts to alter height in children, published by Tarcher in 2009. 

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    A new pilot project by transportation researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks to determine whether commuters will use transit more often if they are provided with accessible, current and information-rich transit, parking and traffic options before they start their journeys. The field test, called the Networked Traveler, takes place along the US 101 corridor between San Jose and San Francisco, one of the busiest commute routes in the Bay Area, and provides a comparison of real-time traffic, bus and Caltrain information for custom-selected routes. (The pilot formally launched today, Tuesday, August 31, with an invitation for the public to use the free online trip planner at and/or download the mobile phone application, called PATH2Go. The technology allows travelers between San Francisco and San Jose to select the best commute option based on personalized priorities of cost-efficiency, time-efficiency or a low-carbon footprint.

    Link to the press release.

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    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot--but until now nobody has assessed the environmental costs of providing parking spaces, surface parking lots, parking garage structures, and roadside parking areas in the U.S. In a paper just published in Environmental Research Letters, ITS post doc Mikhail Chester, CEE professors Samer Madanat and Arpad Horvath, estimate the total number of parking spaces in the country, then perform a life-cycle environmental inventory to capture energy consumption and emissions to find a truer environmental cost of automobile use.

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    Incoming transportation students met faculty, staff, and one another during orientation activities held in the Transportation Library August 23. The new students come from the U.S. and nine other countries.

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    Three TSRC researchers have won TRB’s second annual Outstanding Research Paper in Public Transportation award for their paper illuminating car ownership changes of people belonging to carsharing organizations. Lead researcher Elliot Martin reports that carsharing has taken between 90,000 and 130,000 vehicles off North American roads, which translates to between 9 and 13 vehicles removed for every carsharing vehicle.

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    The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s forecasts of demand and ridership for a new San Francisco-to-Los Angeles high-speed train are not reliable because they are based on an inconsistent model, according to a new study by researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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     For her work in advancing transportation innovation in the international arena, the Women in Transportation Seminar has awarded Thomas the 2010 Elaine Dezenski Legacy Scholarship. Thomas has spent years in China investigating how increasing car ownership is affecting the country's cities and its pedestrians. She is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning.


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     Wolf Homburger, who joined ITS Berkeley as a junior research engineer in 1955 and later became assistant director of the Institute, has died. He influenced thousands of students and transportation professionals through the courses he taught and the textbook he developed.



  •  So far this year, nine Berkeley transportation and planning students have been awarded Eisenhower Fellowships. They are Sebastien Blandin, Elisa Barbour, Andrea Broaddus, Ian Carlton, Eleni Christofa, Kristen Carnarius, Weihua Gu, Erick Guerra, and Carmen Olensinski.