The Circulator

A blog featuring stories, research updates, student projects, news, and more from the campuses of the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center and beyond.

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How do we get more people on e-bikes?

By | 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 | 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.

UCLA doctoral student named PSR student of the year

By | February 9, 2022 |

Julene Paul, a PhD student in urban planning, was named the 2021 student of the year for the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center, a federally funded network of eight partner camp …

Transfers Magazine wins APA award

By | September 29, 2021 |

At a virtual ceremony Sept. 15, the California chapter of the American Planning Association validated this work by presenting Transfers with the Communications Initiative Award of Merit.

Are ride-hail fees fair?

By | April 22, 2019 |

A tax on ride-hailing to reduce congestion may appear logical at first glance. But will it actually work — and is it fair?

The little bus lane that could

By | April 1, 2019 |

They might look like ordinary bus-only lanes, but Tactical Transit Lanes represent a new approach in tackling an old problem: how to speed up buses that get stuck in traffic.

New technologies require new norms

By | December 5, 2018 |

Providing safe infrastructure for dockless scooters and bikes will will only go so far in addressing community concerns: we need to establish new norms.

Q&A: Planning for the worst

By | November 27, 2018 |

Unfortunately, many cities don’t plan for disasters, especially if they haven’t experienced them before. But disaster planning shouldn’t happen in a vacuum: Disaster planning should be seen in the terms of creating more resilient cities.

Why parking spaces are perishable goods

By | November 1, 2018 |

Like airlines and hotels, effective parking management requires charging variable demand-based prices, improving access, traffic, and the environment one parking space at a time.

Dreams of utopia: The future of AVs

By | September 14, 2018 |

Self-driving cars are at once tangible and distant. A Los Angeles conference brought industry leaders together to think about autonomous vehicles across axes of technology and equity.

What can we learn from ridehail data?

By | August 6, 2018 |

Despite intense interest in the impact of ridehailing on the broader transportation landscape, companies have not shared their user data publicly. A first look at Lyft reveals key insights.

Donald Shoup’s three parking reforms

By | July 19, 2018 |

Parking requirements subsidize cars, encourage sprawl, raise housing costs, and much more. The author of “The High Cost of Free Parking” and “Parking and the City” offers three solutions for cities.

What is Transfers?

By | May 8, 2018 |

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