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ITS Berkeley held a Welcome Back and Thank You Lunch at the Richmond Field Station Sept. 2, 2021.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,


As we settle into the rhythm of this fall semester, I want to thank everyone for their flexibility and perseverance as we navigate through this new reality. I continue to be amazed at the adaptability and resilience of the Faculty, Staff, and Students who make up ITS and its Centers.


As we move forward into the semester, I am pleased to announce a new strategic $10 million three-year investment in the 2021-22 California State Budget for the UC Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) to conduct coordinated research and technical assistance to support evidence-based policymaking. The California Resilient and Innovative Mobility Initiative (RIMI) will focus on: Public transit and shared mobility recovery; Carbon neutrality in the transportation sector; Emerging mobility technologies and services; and “High road" job transition, emphasizing high-quality jobs. In addition, an overarching focus of the investment will be on technical assistance and knowledge transfer across all four areas to ensure that research is used to inform policy making and translated into action. We would like to congratulate and thank UC Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Susan Shaheen, UC ITS Assistant Director Laura Podolsky and recent UC Berkeley alum Dr. Steven Wong for their tireless efforts leading to this success. Their leadership and vision were essential in securing this new source of funding for ITS. The organization of this new initiative is now in-process. Further details, and opportunities for participation and funding will be announced over the coming months.


With this new initiative on the horizon, we are also looking to bolster our ITS Senior Fellow ranks. Over the last couple of years, we have been pleased to host an outstanding group of individuals who enriched our transportation program, research, and academics; fostered stronger ties with policy and industry; mentored our students; and raised awareness for our Institute and programs. We are now seeking nominations for the next cohort. We are particularly interested in diverse nominations, representing various modes of transportation, backgrounds, perspectives, and career stages. We ask your help in identifying leading practitioners, policymakers, and industry representatives who could contribute to our new cohort of ITS Senior Fellows and value this unique partnership with ITS. Please take a minute or two to nominate a promising candidate before Oct. 8, 2021. After nominations are assessed, ITS leadership will contact leading candidates to provide information about the ITS Senior Fellow program and gauge their interest and availability for participation. With this in mind, please do not hesitate to nominate a promising candidate without knowing their willingness or ability to serve. Nominate here.


Speaking of recruitment, we are currently accepting applications for Tom West’s former position as Co-Director of California PATH. If you know a potential candidate to lead this long-standing and highly respected transportation research program focused on the research, development, and deployment of technological innovations in automation and electrification, then please encourage them to apply! See Job ID 23986.


This is a very exciting time at ITS and we have new programs and opportunities in front of us. I look forward to seeing how our recruitment and research opportunities unfold from these new initiatives. In the meantime, have a good semester, and Go Bears!

Alexandre Bayen

Director of Institute of Transportation Studies

Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering


Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen presented Strategies to Overcome Transportation Barriers for Rent Burdened Residents Thursday, September 23, 2021. The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 2021 speaker series on Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System explored how the transportation enterprise can work together to address the profound climate crisis while ensuring that decision making and investments also address transportation equity. 


Dense City Podcast featured City and Regional Planning Doctoral Student Marcel Moran in the episode Are Shelters in Place? Mapping the Distribution of Transit Amenities.


Katherine Chen, Senior Policy & Program Analyst, Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) was featured in the July 30 Safe Systems

Summer Learning Series – 2021: Redesigning the System to Support Safety


Offer Grembek, Co-Director, Berkeley, Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) was featured in the August 6, 2021 Safe Systems Summer Learning Series – 2021: Broadening the Toolbox for Kinetic Energy Management (all ITS Berkeley alumni seminar).


ITS affiliate Ethan Elkind, Climate Program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law director was featured on the KQED Forum Podcast: Biden Targets 2030 in Push for More Electric Cars.

—            HEADLINES             —

Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen talks about Why is LA so hot on flying cars? Look to Hollywood and ‘The Jetsons’ at KCRW.


ITS Director Alexandre Bayen talks about a six-mile traffic technology testbed in Tennessee that will utilize some 300 high-definition cameras to analyze and understand traffic flow. The project will include researchers from major universities as well as automakers including the CIRCLES project at UC Berkeley. Tennessee Testbed to Study Connected Vehicles, Traffic Flow at GovTech.

—                EVENTS              — 

TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2021

Bikeway Facility Design and Safety Improvement

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


Colloquium | October 7 | 1 p.m. | Online

Hierarchical Control for Cyber-Physical Systems and Applications to Traffic Management

Speaker/Performer: Murat Arcak, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

FRIDAY, OCT. 8, 2021

Seminar | October 8 | 4-5 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

COVID-19 and Transportation Equity: How the Realities of Funding and Policy Considerations Are Revealed During a Global Pandemic

Speaker/Performer: Dorval R. Carter, Jr., Chicago Transit Authority

TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2021

ITS Berkeley Town Hall | October 12 | 10-11 a.m. | Zoom

ITS Berkeley will hold a Town Hall on Tuesday Oct. 12 10-11 a.m.


Zoom link:

FRIDAY OCT. 15, 2021

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in

and by our profession

Seminar | October 15 | 4-5 p.m. | Online

Speaker/Performer: Zahraa Saiyed, Co-Founder and Principal, Scyma Consulting

MONDAY OCT. 25, 2021

Asphalt Pavement Preservation Treatments, Materials, Construction and Quality Assurance

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

FRIDAY OCT. 29, 2021

Reimagining Transportation

Seminar | October 29 | 4-5 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Speaker/Performer: Regan Patterson, Transportation Equity Research Fellow, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

—    KUDOS & NEWS BITS    —

If you would like to share a news bit, thank you, or a kudo, email to let everyone know about the good work ITS and Center employees are doing!

Big Round of Applause

Welcome Back and Thank You Picnic Organizers

Thank you to the everyone who helped make the Welcome Back and Thank You Picnic a success, especially Bernie Tan Edwards, Dana Oldknow, Helen Bassham and the ITS Morale Committee for planning, logistics, and set up!

Alumni Congratulations

Chris Ganson

Congratulations to Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of City and Regional Planning alum Chris Ganson, who is now Deputy Division Chief, Planning and Analysis, Department of Transportation Planning at Caltrans. 

Get to Know SafeTREC


Get to know the SafeTREC team and explore our SafeTREC Spotlight Series interviews!


Dai To Attend Rising Star Workshop


Vlachogiannis Receives ITS CA/CTF Scholarship


Chow, Kerzhner Earn ACSP Awards


TSRC Joins CTE Grant to Complete Largest Commercial Deployment of Class 8 Fuel Cell Electric Trucks in North America


ITS Berkeley at Conference on Advancing Transportation Equity


SafeTREC Co-Directors David Ragland & Offer Grembek Present at ATSIP 2021 Virtual Traffic Records Forum


New TIMS Feature: Users can now provide feedback on crash location errors


New Resource: 2021 CPBST Program Workshop Follow-Up Survey Highlights


Leveraging Big Data and Coordinated Charging for Effective Taxi Fleet Electrification: The 100% EV Conversion of Shenzhen, China


A Typology of the Built Environment Around Rail Stops in the Global Transit-oriented City of Seoul, Korea


Developing Transportation Response Strategies for Wildfire Evacuations via an Empirically Supported Traffic Simulation of Berkeley, California


2021 SafeTREC Traffic Safety Fact Sheet: Pedestrian Safety

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