Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) has teamed up with the University of Southern California (USC), UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Northern Arizona University and Pima Community College to study and solve transportation concerns, under a $12.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and through the METRANS Transportation Center.
The METRANS Transportation Center comprises several universities in the region (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the U.S. Pacific Island territories) and will lead the study. The entity is expected to match the grant, bringing the total award for the five-year project to $25 million.
“Our research priority area is improving mobility of people and goods,” said Genevieve Giuliano, the principal investigator for the grant and director of the METRANS Transportation Center in a statement. “We will focus on the following issues affecting states in the region—technology to address transportation problems, easing mobility for vulnerable populations, improving resilience while protecting the environment and managing mobility in high-growth urban areas.”
METRANS was established in 1998 as a collaborative research effort involving the USC Price School of Public Policy, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and CSULB.
City News Service contributed to this report.