UCTC Research in the News:
A recent study of Downtown housing options shows that--surprise, surprise--it's cheaper to provide housing if you don't have to also provide on-site parking for every unit. And because it's cheaper to build, developers are more likely to provide more, less expensive housing. The [UCTC] study comes from Michael Manville at UCLA, who looked at housing units built under LA's Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which allows developers to adapt old commercial buildings for residential uses.
Two UC Berkeley transportation doctoral students, André Carrel and Rebecca Sanders, have received two of 20 awards given out nationally this year by the Washington-based Eno Center for Transportation. The two will take part in the 21st annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C., June 2-6 where they will meet with top government officials, members of Congress and their staffs in order to better understand how the country’s transportation polices are shaped, adopted and applied.—ITS Berkeley News
"The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) is proud to announce the Transportation Award winners for 4 categories including Project of the Year, Person of the Year, Elected Official of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Organization of the Year and the top finalists in 14 other categories.
"The winners of those categories will be announced at the 24th Annual Transportation Awards Luncheon on May 23rd in Sacramento.
"Organization of the Year – Access Magazine, University of California Transportation Center." —from the CTF press release
Ed Glaeser, Professor of Economics at Harvard and author of Triumph of the City.
Lecture: 6:40 p.m. Reception to follow
Ed Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University, where he also serves as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He studies the economics of cities, and has written scores of urban issues, including the growth of cities, segregation, crime and housing markets. He has been particularly interested in the role that geographic proximity can play in creating knowledge and innovation. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992 and has been at Harvard since then. This event is part of the 2013 CED Lecture Series, which features noted visiting academics and professionals from a broad range of environmental design fields. Most lectures are free, and all are open to the public.
UCTC in the News:
Researchers at the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC), a research consortium led by UC Berkeley that includes the UC and California State University systems, have received a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funding will support new multidisciplinary research in three key areas of interest surrounding transit development: environmental sustainability, economic competitiveness and livability.
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors recently passed an ordinance to allow residential developers to add more parking spots to their new apartment buildings–- if those spots are dedicated for car-share programs. The city considers itself a national leader in car share, and in 2011 it began reserving on-street parking for area nonprofit City CarShare. So it wasn’t a surprise when the ordinance, which was proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener, passed unanimously. What surprised some was the opposition to it. In a letter, Sierra Club secretary Sue Vaughan said the plan “will add to overall congestion and negatively impact the flow of transit and air quality.”
In fact, a [UCTC-funded] UC Berkeley study found that after signing up with a car-sharing program, almost half of households with a car got rid of their vehicle.—Transportation Nation
Eric Morris has been named the 2012-2013 UCTC Outstanding Student of the Year, UCTC Director Robert Cervero announced.
"Eric was selected because of his major accomplishments in academics, teaching, and service," Cervero notes. He is Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at Clemson. His primary focus is transportation, particularly how transportation contributes to our quality of life. Read More
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