7 MCP Capstone Projects Funded

December 14, 2023

Congratulations to City and Regional Planning Master of City Planning students Jacquelyn Broader, Angie Chen, Mallika Gupta, Katie Heuser, Andre Soucy, Sandra Romero, and Winnie Zhuang (MS/MCP) on receiving fellowship funds from the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) Berkeley and the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR), the Regional University Transportation Center, to conduct research for their capstone project.

“ITS Berkeley is pleased to support these seven students with their capstone research,” says ITS Berkeley Director Daniel Rodriguez. “We had a number of tremendous applications and are excited to see the results during capstone presentations.”

The fellowship award program is administered by ITS Berkeley and supported by federal funding from the US Department of Transportation through PSR, the US Region 9 center comprised of California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. PSR is led by the METRANS Transportation Center, University of Southern California and includes the following partners: California State University, Long Beach, Northern Arizona University, Pima Community College, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Hawaii, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Fellowship receivers are UC Berkeley graduate students in the Master’s in City Planning degree program in their second or third year of study and conducting research on their capstone project. Research related to topics consistent with PSR-UTC and UC-ITS priorities: Accessibility and Mobility for All; Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chains; Labor in a Changing Transportation Landscape; and Housing and Transportation Linkages were encouraged and prioritized, though not be limited to.

Jacquelyn Broader

Advisor: Karen Trapenberg Frick; MCP Project Title: Tapping In: Using Open Loop Payments to Increase Financial Inclusion

Angie Chen

Advisor: Daniel Rodriguez; MCP Project Title: Proactively Planning for Safety: Equity Impacts of Reliance on Flawed Collision Data

Mallika Gupta

Advisor: Daniel Rodriguez; MCP Project Title: Incentivizing cycling for women from low-income communities in the Bay Area: Lessons from the Global South

Katie Heuser

Advisor: Karen Trapenberg Frick; MCP Project Title: “Don’t Keep Us Out of the Revolution:” Understanding Desires for Accessibility for Autonomous Vehicle Rideshare in California

Andre Soucy

Advisor: Charisma Acey; MCP Project Title: Applying Racial, Health, and Mobility Equity to Transit Oriented Development: An East Oakland Case Study

Sandra Romero

Advisor: Dan Chatman; MCP Project TItle: Expanding Universal Mobility Benefit Programs as a Federal Social Welfare Strategy

Winnie Zhuang

Advisor: Marta Gonzalez; MCP Project Title: Transit to California’s National Parks: An Assessment of Accessibility and Policy-Level Barriers