Transfers Magazine is the biannual research publication of the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR), a federally-funded network of eight partner campuses in Arizona, California, and Hawaii.

UC Davis alum wins CUTC award for best dissertation

By Transfers Staff | April 29, 2024

Amy Lee’s ground-breaking dissertation focused on the policy and politics of highway expansions

UNLV doctoral student in computer science recognized by PSR

By Transfers Staff | April 3, 2024

Yazmin Martinez was named 2023 doctoral student of the year by the Pacific Southwest Region UTC in recognition of her unique research.

PSR master’s student of the year explores transportation planning through diverse global perspectives

By Transfers Staff | February 27, 2024

Alejandra Rios Gutierrez, an urban planning and Latin American studies dual-degree student at UCLA, was named PSR master’s student of the year.

PSR student of the year augments professional data experience with planning knowledge

By Transfers Staff | December 12, 2023

Monisha Reginald, a master’s student at UCLA studying transportation planning, was recognized by the Pacific Southwest Region UTC.

Transportation engineering Ph.D. student recognized by PSR

By Transfers Staff | April 19, 2023

Qinhua Jiang, a Ph.D. student at UCLA, has been named the 2022 doctoral student of the year by the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center.

USC-led program awarded $15 million by U.S. Department of Transportation

By Transfers Staff | March 7, 2023

Story highlights: USC’s METRANS Transportation Consortium has been awarded a grant from the USDOT to lead the US Region 9 research, education and technology transfer program. METRANS, a partnership be …

Three UCLA students win national recognition

By Transfers Staff | January 25, 2023

UCLA students received three of the top national transportation research awards by the Council of University Transportation Centers. The CUTC was established in 1979 to represent transportation resear …

Parking Cash Out

By Transfers Staff | October 3, 2022

Would you give up your work parking spot if you were paid for it?

San Francisco Housing Lotteries

By Transfers Staff | September 26, 2022

People who live in dense, walkable, transit-rich neighborhoods tend to drive less. Why is that?

How do we get more people on e-bikes?

By Transfers Staff | August 15, 2022

E-bikes could be an excellent alternative to driving cars for many people, and they are more accessible for some than traditional bicycles. But not everyone considers them as an option.

PSR Research: Deep-learning traffic flow predictions

By Transfers Staff | April 20, 2022

In the white paper “Deep-Learning Traffic Flow Prediction for Forecasting Performance Measurement of Public Transportation Systems,” USC researchers use the largest traffic sensor data warehouse in Southern California to better predict where and when this traffic occurs.

Meet the PSR Undergraduate Student of the Year

By Transfers Staff | April 13, 2022

Jenny Benitez, who graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, was recently named the Pacific Southwestern Region Undergraduate Student of the Year.

PSR Research: Automating wildlife-vehicle conflict hotspots

By Transfers Staff | March 16, 2022

It’s not good for anybody when a car strikes and kills a deer on a highway. The deer, of course, is dead; the driver is likely dealing with a traumatic experience, a severely damaged car, and even inj …

PSR Research: Long Beach Transit’s sustainability plan

By Transfers Staff | March 2, 2022

As one of the largest transit operators in the state of California, Long Beach Transit has the capacity to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the surrounding region. The system, whic …

PSR Research: Improving access to the Davis Amtrak station

By Transfers Staff | February 16, 2022

The Davis Amtrak station is too popular for its own good. Attracting the third-most riders of any station on the popular Capitol Corridor Amtrak line, the ridership from the station — prior to the pan …

PSR Research: Automation, electrification, and shared mobility in freight

By Transfers Staff | February 9, 2022

In America, people buy lots of stuff, and in order to get that stuff to the people who want it, a lot of fossil fuel must be burned. As a result, pollution pours into the air; noisy trucks disrupt peo …

PSR Research: Employment and education can predict daily travel patterns

By Transfers Staff | January 26, 2022

Fragmentation is defined as the sequencing of multiple short activities and trips in a person’s daily schedule. Fragmentation is a normal aspect of travel behavior — people need to travel for a wide r …

PSR Research: Safety and public transit for Los Angeles university students

By Transfers Staff | January 19, 2022

Sexual harassment in public spaces is an all-too-common feature of life in the United States, and public transportation is not exempt from this unfortunate reality. In “Public Transportation Safety Am …

Marty Wachs

By Transfers Staff | December 1, 2021

Every good editor, on some level, has to like other people and want them to succeed. Marty, in that regard, was the consummate editor.

PSR Research: Silicon Valley sacrifices productivity for more parking

By Transfers Staff | November 17, 2021

Could productivity be even higher in low-density, high-performing regions?

PSR Research: Can California meet its carbon emissions goals?

By Transfers Staff | October 20, 2021

By 2050, California must reduce its carbon emissions by 80% or greater in order to meet its climate goals. Is this realistic?

PSR Celebrates Students of the Year

By Transfers Staff | July 2, 2021

The Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center honors exceptional students from member institutions for their promise in the transportation field.

Remembering our dear senior editor, Marty Wachs

By Transfers Staff | April 16, 2021

On April 11, we lost a giant in the transportation planning field with a career spanning seven decades.

UCLA professors use art and technology to increase bike commuting in L.A.

By Transfers Staff | April 2, 2021

A project by three UCLA faculty members aims to change the frustrating nature of bike commuting through “flows” that produce real-time digital art exhibitions throughout the city.

METRANS students produce award-winning traffic safety video

By Transfers Staff | March 8, 2021

The METRANS student team’s transportation safety video won second place in the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s 2020 Student Video Contest.

Showing our love for transportation this Valentine’s Day

By Transfers Staff | February 14, 2021

If there’s one thing that unites Transfers readers, it’s a love for transportation — in multiple forms.

Q&A: Getting to know our new editor-in-chief

By Transfers Staff | February 5, 2020

We asked our new editor-in-chief about his plans for the magazine, the state of transportation today, and why he loves our previous piece about skateboarding

Metro Bike expands on the Westside with new dockless “smart bikes”

By Transfers Staff | March 21, 2019

Palms Station Metro Bike

Metro expands its Westside Metro Bike bikeshare with a move from traditional dock-based bikeshare to hub-based “smart bikes.”

Transferring to 2019: The year in review

By Transfers Staff | December 18, 2018

2018 was a big year for Transfers Magazine and The Circulator. From LeBron James, to scooters, to the #MeToo movement, here are some of our favorite posts from our inaugural year.

Experts talk disruption, mobility, and public transit

By Transfers Staff | October 24, 2018

Videos with speakers from the 2018 UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium show a range of perspectives on where public and private transportation are headed — and how to resolve their conflicts.

Will LeBron bring LA a title — and more bike lanes?

By Transfers Staff | July 3, 2018

King James is an avid cyclist and bike advocate. But his upcoming commute to Downtown Los Angeles faces some significant safety and infrastructure challenges.

Video: Students speak on campus skateboard travel

By Transfers Staff | May 8, 2018

Campus safety regulations, often created in response to recreational skateboarding rather than skateboard commuting, can put a damper on students’ rides.

What is Transfers?

By Transfers Staff | May 8, 2018

With this publication, we hope to help transfer the knowledge of experts into policy actions that improve people’s lives.