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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.

Are ride-hail fees fair?

By |April 22nd, 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 1st, 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.

Transferring to 2019: The year in review

By |December 18th, 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.

New technologies require new norms

By |December 5th, 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 27th, 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 1st, 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.

Why scooters are the future of transportation

By |October 2nd, 2018|

The e-mobility revolution has begun, with scooters and dockless bikes likely the first of many sustainable vehicles that can replace short car trips. Planners and policymakers should get on board.

Dreams of utopia: The future of AVs

By |September 14th, 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 6th, 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 19th, 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.

How do people perceive transit in LA?

By |June 25th, 2018|

To solve the problem of declining transit ridership in Los Angeles, we must first understand why so many people feel like driving is a superior option. So we asked — and got some telling reactions.

Could California set better speed limits?

By |May 30th, 2018|

Why did updating speed limits for safety result in some speed increases? Blame California’s "85th percentile" methodology based on driver behavior rather than local needs.

Q&A: How San Francisco improved its garages

By |May 16th, 2018|

Ensuring that cities get the most out of their parking garage spaces requires making them profitable yet available, and reliably so, through pricing that balances different needs.

What is Transfers?

By |May 8th, 2018|

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