Archive Tag: Transportation

Research has shown that in cities including Los Angeles, bus riders frequently spend 15 to 25 minutes or more each way waiting for a bus, which exposes them to pollution at intersections.
Christelle Snow/UCLA

With funding from the National Science Foundation and the California Air Resources Board, UCLA postdoctoral fellow Wonsik Choi from professor Suzanne Paulson’s lab (Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences), demonstrated that moving bus stop sites 120 feet away from intersections would substantially reduce the amount of pollution to which bus riders are exposed by waiting for a bus.  Read more

The 2017 Energy and Air Quality report card examined 21 indicators in five categories to assess energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and air quality in Los Angeles County.
UCLA

The UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge released the 2017 Sustainable LA Environmental Report Card on Energy and Air Quality for Los Angeles County on April 27, 2017. After analyzing roughly a decade’s worth of key energy and environmental data, UCLA researchers gave a C grade for energy and air quality within Los Angeles County in the latest environmental report card. Read more

Downtown Los Angeles’ tallest buildings rise above a blanket of smog in October 1973.
(Fitzgerald Whitney / Los Angeles Times)

As Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency debates whether or not to loosen federal regulations on auto emissions, the State of California is taking steps to escalate its own targets. On Friday, March 24, state regulators voted to increase pollution-reduction requirements for automakers selling cars in the state and expand the Read more

Cameras and electronic sensors stand over the express lane south of the Slauson Avenue transit station on the 110 Freeway.
(Los Angeles Times)

In her op-ed, professor Herbie Huff of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, writes that the only effective way to decrease traffic congestion in Los Angeles is to introduce a dynamic tolling system. Dynamic tolling incorporates an automatic transponder that charges solo drivers while allowing carpools to drive for free with the price of the toll lanes varying based on the time of day and congestion. Similarly to how airline tickets increase in Read more

Old Pacific Electric Railway cars await their conversion into scrap metal at a junkyard on Terminal Island in 1956. The collapse of the railway system that once crisscrossed Southern California was due to a number of factors, including the rise of the automobile.
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive/UCLA Library

In a recent lecture at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, professor Ethan Elkind chronicled the history of public transit in L.A., beginning with the old Pacific Electric Railway system and concluding with the passing of Measure M, which promises to generate $30 billion for transit over the next 40 years. Elkind, who directs the Climate Change and Business program and is jointly Read more