Examining the systems and structures
that link people and places

Transportation systems connect people to work, school, activities and each other. The USC Price School examines the role of transportation in the growth and formation of cities, public transit congestion patterns, and goods movement in metro areas. Research seeks to improve transportation options for all people; reduce pollution and GHG from transportation; and contribute to making more livable cities.

Transportation Impact

How USC Price is informing policy decisions and making an impact in the community

“I’ve always been interested in what I’d call the spatial structure of cities, and in how transportation relates to the way cities are structured or organized.”

Genevieve Giuliano
Professor and Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government

Transportation News

Stories featuring USC Price research and expertise

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USC Price faculty and students share their expertise in policy areas that are shaping the world.

“Many U.S. cities are investing heavily in light rail, and Los Angeles Metro has embarked on a massive rail expansion program. I hope our findings will help transit planners design better projects that increase transit patronage and meet objectives or expectations.”

Sandip Chakrabarti PhD '15
Co-author of the award-winning study on the LA Metro Expo Line’s impact on transit ridership and traffic

Transportation-related Academic Programs and Specializations at Price

Transportation Faculty

Explore USC Price faculty and their cross-disciplinary scholarship

Tridib BanerjeeProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Urban design, comparative urbanism, urban sprawl, developing world urbanization, planning theory
Antonio M. BentoProfessorEnvironmental and energy economics, urban economics, public economics, transportation policy, climate policy, environmental regulation
Marlon BoarnetMarlon BoarnetProfessor
Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Transportation, travel behavior, urban growth patterns, regional science, urban economics
Geoff BoeingAssistant Professor of Urban Planning and Spatial AnalysisTransportation networks, urban form, data science, urban informatics
Genevieve GiulianoProfessor
Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government
Director, METRANS Transportation Center
Transportation policy, metropolitan spatial structure, travel demand, urban transportation
Richard K. GreenProfessor
Director and Chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
Chair, Department of Policy Analysis and Real Estate
Economics, housing markets, housing policy, tax policy, transportation, mortgage finance, urban growth
Geraldine KnatzProfessor of the Practice of Policy and EngineeringSeaport policy and management, maritime transportation, international trade, seaport sustainability, environmental impact analysis
LaVonna B. LewisTeaching Professor of Public Policy
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
American politics, public policy (most notably health policy), interest groups, and federal programs
James Moore III headshotJames Elliott Moore, IIProfessorEconomic impact analysis, engineering economics, transportation engineering, urban transportation, infrastructure performance
Dowell Myers headshotDowell MyersProfessor
Director, Population Dynamics Research Group
Demographic change, future of California, housing impacts, workforce and education, immigration and assimilation, communication for consensus about change
Gary Dean PainterGary Dean PainterProfessor
Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation
Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute
Social Innovation, Housing economics, Urban economics, education policy, program evaluation
Adam RoseResearch ProfessorEnergy and environmental economics, public policy, natural hazards and terrorism, regional science, applied general equilibrium modeling
Lisa SchweitzerProfessorEnvironmental justice, Sustainable transportation, Hazardous materials in urban environments, Community environmental quality
David SloaneProfessorUrban history, community health planning, health disparaties, cultural landscapes
Dan WeiResearch Associate ProfessorEnergy and Climate Policy, Energy and Environmental Economics, Economics of Natural and Man-made Disasters
METRANS Transportation Center

What's next for middle-aged malls?

Plenty of space, loads of parking, and proximity to population centers. Could traditional shopping malls be reborn as transit-oriented developments? TODs are highly desirable, pedestrian-oriented spaces for living, working, shopping, and playing, centered around high-quality transit options. This is one of the questions Principal Investigator Hilda Blanco researches through her work at METRANS.


The METRANS Transportation Center is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California and Long Beach State University, and was the first University Transportation Center in Southern California. Researchers come from many disciplines to solve transportation problems through research, education and outreach.

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