December 16, 2013
Angelenos who live near an Exposition Light Rail station dramatically reduced the number of miles they drove and tripled their rail ridership after the opening of the new rail line last year, a new USC study released Monday shows. “Los Angeles has made a large commitment to rail transit, and this study is the best evidence to date that persons near rail lines are driving less,” said lead author Marlon Boarnet, a professor with the USC Price School of Public Policy.
December 15, 2013
Los Angeles, the world’s prototypical automobile city, is transforming into a multi-modal metropolis. The six rail transit lines projected to open between 2012 and 2020 will make the Los Angeles Metro Rail system longer than the present day Metro in Washington D.C. At the same time, ambitious state regulations require that metropolitan planning organizations demonstrate how their transportation plans meet greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction targets. There is a pressing need to evaluate the impact of new transportation investments comprehensively.
November 7, 2013
The USC CREATE Homeland Security Center’s economic analysis research team, led by Price School of Public Policy Research Professor Adam Rose, has been awarded a number of additional federal grants totaling approximately $1 million.
October 21, 2013
With two recent grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation that, along with match funding, total $6.24 million, the USC METRANS Transportation Center at the USC Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering will conduct research on how to improve transportation in major metropolitan areas and how to make the movement of freight more efficient and sustainable. According to Genevieve Giuliano, METRANS director and senior associate dean at USC Price, the first grant of $4.24 million will address the part of the DOT’s strategic plan that calls for investments in transportation to make the nation more economically competitive. The second grant of $2 million dovetails with the center’s specialty in urban freight research.
October 7, 2013
On the heels of an announcement from Google that the company’s next startup, Calico, will tackle the science of aging, a new study showed that research to delay aging and the infirmities of old age would have better population health and economic returns than advances in individual fatal diseases such as cancer or heart disease. With even modest gains in our scientific understanding of how to slow the aging process, an additional 5 percent of adults over the age of 65 would be healthy rather than disabled every year from 2030 to 2060, revealed the study in the journal, Health Affairs. USC Price School of Public Policy professor Dana Goldman, director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, was the study’s lead author.