ITS News

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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.

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    Ph.D. student Christian Claudel has won the Leon O. Chua Award for his work on applications of Hamilton-Jacobi equations to traffic monitoring systems. Claudel works under the supervision of Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Alexandre Bayen on the Mobile Millennium project, which is managed by the California Center for Innovative Transportation.



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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday (Thursday, April 15) named Daniel Kammen, the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy, a Senior Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Fellow to advise our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere on clean energy issues. Kammen is the co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, part of the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies.