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New students attended the Transportation Engineering Orientation on Aug. 23, 2020 in the Transportation Library.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to a new academic year. It really does feel like the beginning of a new chapter as many of us are returning in one way or another to campus this semester for in-person learning, work, research, and extra-curricular activities and all that makes campus so exciting. We begin the semester with high hopes, but we are also aware of the continued uncertainties and concerns born of the pandemic’s ever-changing nature and impacts. We urge you to watch campus messaging closely throughout the fall and beyond as we navigate our way through the semester together.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve welcomed a number of new, new to campus, and returning transportation graduate students from Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of City and Regional Planning, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Materials Science and Engineering to the campus and to ITS Berkeley. We are excited you are here and look forward to meeting all of you!

While we’ve welcomed a number of students, we also saw a number of retirees in the last year and a half during our work from home period. I’d like to recognize the hard work and dedication these employees have shown to ITS and its Centers: Maggie Lazar, Administration Manager and the Lab Safety Coordinator of the UC Pavement Research Center Berkeley, retired after 30 years of service; David Rapkin, Calibrations Manager of the UC Pavement Research Center Berkeley, retired after 16 years; Tom West, Co-Director of PATH, retired after 13 years; Bob Meade, Chief Operations Officer for PATH, retired after 11 years; alum Ching-Yao Chan (PhD ’88), Program Manager at PATH and Associate Director of Berkeley DeepDrive, retired after 27 years; Alexander Skabardonis, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor In-Residence and ITS/PATH researcher, retired after 20 years; Joe Butler, Connected Corridors at PATH program manager, retired after 12 years; Lena Lau Stewart, BDD/BAIR Administrative Officer, retired after 30 years at UC Berkeley; Karen Chapple, Department of City and Regional Planning Professor, retired after 20 years at UC Berkeley: Paul Waddel, Department of City and Regional Planning Professor, retired after 12 years at UC Berkeley; and Professor Jennifer Wolch, Department of City and Regional Planning, retired after 12 years at UC Berkeley, including 10 years as the first female dean of the College of Environmental Design.

As we say goodbye to our colleagues, we are excited to welcome new colleagues and changes within our Centers. While plans for searches are in place for many positions, Zema Katsnelson has taken on PATH COO and Manager and Josh Bass is helping with administration operations at UC PRC. I’d also like to welcome Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Mara Laura Delle Monache and her expertise in mathematical modeling of traffic flow and mixed autonomy research to ITS.

We are also excited to announce ITS Berkeley has funded 13 new research proposals, including three equity specific and four equity focused proposals, totaling $854,697 through the Statewide Transportation Research Program (STRP) funded by the State of California through the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1) and the Public Transportation Account. This year, projects cover a broad range of transportation topics and areas including pedestrian injury, cyber security, climate change, transit, truck movement, and autonomous vehicles. The three equity projects focus on providing alternatives to private vehicle ownership in low income areas, assessing and improving equity with California High-Speed Rail, and modeling equitable electrification of zero-emissions mobility.


We have a lot of new projects, people, and process on the horizon, and we are excited to see how the semester unfolds. I look forward to seeing everyone in person and online. Go Bears!

Alexandre Bayen

Director of Institute of Transportation Studies

Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering


TSRC Co-Director Susan Shaheen and ITS post doc Alexander Keimer participated in the Sustainable Transportation and Smart Cities: 2021 Transatlantic Conversations Series in May.


UC ITS presented their Carbon Neutrality Webinar Series: Policy Scenarios for Achieving Carbon Neutrality in Transportation by 2045 in California on June 23, 2021 with speakers Lew Fulton, Director, STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways), ITS-Davis, Marshall Miller, Senior Development Engineer, ITS-Davis, and Bernadette Austin - Executive Director, UC Davis Center for Regional Change and guest respondents Roland Hwang, Managing Director, CLimate & CLean Energy Program Natural Resources Defense Council and Rajinder Sahota, Deputy Executive Officer of Climate Change and Research, California Air Resources.


UC ITS presented their UC ITS Carbon Neutrality Webinar Series: The Future of Fuels in a Carbon Neutral California on July 1, 2021 with Colin Murphy - Deputy Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, UC Davis and guest respondent Graham Noyes - Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition.


UC ITS Carbon Neutrality Webinar Series: Accelerating the Adoption of Zero Emission Cars in CA on July 7, 2021 with speakers Gil Tal, Director, The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center, ITS-Davis, Debapriya (Priya) Chakraborty - Postdoctoral researcher, ITS-Davis, and Juan Carlos Garcia Sanchez - Environmental Justice Policy Analyst, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, UC Davis and guest respondents Joshua Cunningham – Chief, Advanced Clean Cars Branch, California Air Resources Board and Matt Alexander – Air Pollution Specialist, California Energy Commission.


UC ITS presented its fourth webinar in a series exploring the findings from the state-commissioned study – Reducing VMT Through Enhanced Land Use and Transportation Policies Aug. 18, 2021 with speakers Michael F. Hyland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Irvine and Tim Lipman, Ph.D., Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley and guest respondents Tilly Chang, Executive Director, San Francisco County Transportation Authority and Alvaro Sanchez, Vice President of Policy, The Greenlining Institute.


UC ITS presented Carbon Neutrality Webinar Series: Accelerating the Adoption of Zero Emission Heavy-Duty Trucks in CA on Aug. 24, 2021 with speaker Jean-Daniel Saphores, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Irvine and guest respondents Wilma Franco, Executive Director of the Southeast Los Angeles Collaborative and Sydney Vergis, Division Chief overseeing California Air Resources Board's Mobile Source Control Division.

—            HEADLINES             —

Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen comments on What It Will Take for Kathy Hochul to Get Congestion Pricing Right at Curbed.


ITS Director Alexandre Bayen recently talked about S.F. is considering downtown 'congestion pricing.' Here's how much it would cost at the San Francisco Chronicle


City and Regional Planning doctoral student Marcel Moran talks about his research Mapping the Best and Worst Bus Stops in San Francisco at Bloomberg City Lab


Our Director and Berkeley Engineering Professor Alexandre Bayen is featured in a new profile Alexandre Bayen is a driving force behind mixed-autonomy traffic at Amazon Science.


SafeTREC Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety Fellow and recent Master in City Planning alum, Alejo Alvarado, recently commented on Traffic deaths increased during the pandemic. The toll fell more heavily on Black residents, report shows at the Washington Post.

—                EVENTS              — 

TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2021

Bikeway Facility Design and Safety Improvement

Course | October 5 | 1-4:30 p.m. | Online

MONDAY OCT. 25, 2021

Asphalt Pavement Preservation Treatments, Materials, Construction and Quality Assurance

Course | October 25 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Online


ITS Funds 13 New Projects


Delle Monache Joins ITS Berkeley


ITS Honors Recent Retirees


Orientation 2021: Back on Campus


Shaheen, Martin Contribute to NABSA's 2020 Shared Micromobility State of the Industry Report


Networks and Distributed Systems: Alexandre Bayen Reflects on 15 years of CITRIS Collaborations


TSRC, Clemson University, Argonne National Labs, Optimus Ride Awarded DOE Grant for Large AV Fleet and Research


Students Earn First Place at ACRP University Design Competition


National Institute of Congestion Relief Student Spotlight: Wesley Darling


Coming to light: Monitoring infrastructure with advanced sensor technologies


Ambient fine particulate matter in Latin American cities: Levels, population exposure, and associated urban factors


Integrating Traffic Network Analysis and Communication Network Analysis at a Regional Scale to Support More Efficient Evacuations in Response to a Wildfire Event

—                    KUDOS & NEWS BITS                    —

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Spot Award

Jackie Broader

Congratulations to Transportation Sustainability Research Center Survey Researcher Jacquelyn Broader on earning a VCRO Spot Award in recognition of her outstanding efforts in advancing transportation research on road charge and shared mobility.

Advisory Member

Offer Grembek

Congratulations to SafeTREC Co-Director Offer Grembek, who was invited to participate as an Advisory Member of the Steering Committee for the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

Congressional Briefing

Susan Shaheen

TSRC Co-Director Susan Shaheen spoke at a Congressional Briefing on the Future of Public Transportation in June.

Cooper, Chen Present at Conference

Jill Cooper, Katherine Chen

SafeTREC Co-Director Jill Cooper and researcher Katherine Chen presented "Program and policy impacts of a community-based active transportation project" at the Active Living Research Conference 2021 on April 7, 2021.

Carbon Neutral Transportation by 2045

Tim Lipman

TSRC Co-Director Tim Lipman briefed state policymakers on Carbon Neutral Transportation by 2045 in June.

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