California Department of Transportation

National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS)
at USC/CSU Long Beach

National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research

Issues in metropolitan transportation: goods movement, international trade, delivery of transit services and highway infrastructure.

Main campuses:
University of Southern California Long Beach State University

Federal - $1,000,000/year
State - $1,000,000/year

Current Research Projects

Project Title

Project Description

Ten Thousand Eyes on California's Streets, Roads and Infrastructure Explore the development of technologies that will dramatically increase the level of video surveillance of our transportation network and its infrastructure.
Toxicological Assessment of Particulate Emissions from the Exhaust of Old and New Model Heavy and Light Duty Vehicles Primary objective of this project is to develop an improved understanding of the factors affecting the toxicology of particulate exhaust emissions.
Study of the Noise Pollution at container Terminals and the Surroundings The purpose of this study is to evaluate the noise pollution at the part of Los Angeles and its surroundings, with these objectives: 1) noise mapping, the level of noise generated by the cargo handling and transport activities, 2) assess whether the noise level in any area exceeds the relevant noise regulation or guideline, 3) to provide recommendations for a noise management plan to control and minimize noise impact.
Microscopic Model of Road Capacity and Risk for Highway Systems in Port Based Metropolitan Areas A unique microscopic simulations model is proposed to assess the highway capacity and risk measure when lane blockage is necessary, This will be studied as a function of a variety of factors which as effective length of lane blockage and cargo truck distributions.
Rapid Extraction and Updating Road Network to Caltrans Database ITS continuously gain ground in transportation management. A digital topographic database is an essential part of the ITS, which requires accurate, high-density spatial models of road infrastructure.
No-Notice Evacuations, Urban Form and Environmental Injustice: An Exploratory Study Transportation Forecast for Southern California All tasks associated with this research are designed to contribute to evacuations and environmental justice, 1) Collect data on chemical releases from transport, 2) examine socio-economic make-up of the groups and individuals who live next to those release and evacuation locations, 3) examine the relationships between infrastructure, land use, and the likelihood of evacuation from a hazardous materials release.
Transportation Forecast for Southern California The goal of this research project is to develop a model and make the forecast data and results publicly available through a website that will be updated regularly, regarding the volume of trade through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
A Geospatial Framework for Dynamic Route Planning Using Congestion Prediction in Transportation Systems Propose to extend GeoDec, which was originally built as a generic system for decision-making in geospatial environments, to support decision-making in transportation systems with dynamic and real-time data. Toward that end, we need to conduct fundamental research at the data-tier of GeoDec to design new dynamic index structures and develop new services and interfaces at the integration and presentation tiers of GeoDec.
Risks and Recoveries from Extreme Disruptions in Freight Transportation Systems in a Megacity: Case Study for the Greater Los Angeles Area The research objective is to examine the risks imposed on and recoveries of transportation systems in megacities as the result of extreme events, such as earthquakes.
Spatial Mismatch and Transit Choice Among Immigrants This study proposes to analyze the role of transit mode choice and residential location on the job market outcomes of immigrants.

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