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The METRANS Transportation Center is a US DOT University Transportation Center (UTC). Established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach. Under the UTC program, federal funding requires a dollar-for-dollar match with non-federal funds. The California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) provides the full non-federal match to METRANS.

METRANS is the first and largest UTC in Southern California, home to nearly 2/3 of the state's population, and in GNP equivalent the 10th largest economy in the world. The Los Angeles region is also the most congested metropolitan area in the US and the only one in the 2004 State of California "extreme" non-attainment category for ozone. The region is a center for international trade: the Los Angeles/ Long Beach port complex is the largest container port in the US (Total Cargo Value: over $378 billion FY 2007); and LAX is the 4th largest air freight center in the US, following only Memphis, the FedEx hub, and Anchorage. As a center of both international trade and immigration, it is home to both extreme wealth and extreme poverty, and has one of the largest transit-dependent populations in the country. METRANS is committed to addressing the transportation challenges of regions such as Los Angeles.

METRANS' mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. The University Transportation Center program has three objectives:

• Foster independent, high quality research to solve the nation's transportation problems
• Train the next generation transportation workforce
• Disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community

METRANS accomplishes these objectives through a comprehensive and collaborative program of research, education, information dissemination and technology transfer organized around four topical focus areas. The main focus is goods movement and international trade, accounting for about half of all METRANS research and most of METRANS outreach and information dissemination activities. The second focus area is mobility of urban populations, with special emphasis on public transportation, and accounting for about one third of METRANS research. Highway infrastructure, and safety, security and vulnerability are relatively new topic areas.

The partnership of USC and CSULB brings together two large urban universities (a combined student body of about 65,000) with complementary strengths. USC is among the nation's leading research universities, and CSULB is one of the largest teaching universities in California. Participating faculty come from several fields of engineering, as well as planning, public policy, public administration, economics, and geography. USC offers PhD and masters programs with transportation specialization in engineering, urban planning, public policy, and public administration. CSULB offers an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Global Logistics. Professional development programs are offered through its Center for International Trade and Transportation at the College of Continuing and Professional Education.

METRANS Transportation Center - USC and CSULB University of Southern California

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The METRANS Transportation Center is a US DOT University Transportation Center (UTC). Established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach. Under the UTC program, federal funding requires a dollar-for-dollar match with non-federal funds. The California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) provides the full non-federal match to METRANS.

METRANS is the first and largest UTC in Southern California, home to nearly 2/3 of the state's population, and in GNP equivalent the 10th largest economy in the world. The Los Angeles region is also the most congested metropolitan area in the US and the only one in the 2004 State of California "extreme" non-attainment category for ozone. The region is a center for international trade: the Los Angeles/ Long Beach port complex is the largest container port in the US (Total Cargo Value: over $378 billion FY 2007); and LAX is the 4th largest air freight center in the US, following only Memphis, the FedEx hub, and Anchorage. As a center of both international trade and immigration, it is home to both extreme wealth and extreme poverty, and has one of the largest transit-dependent populations in the country. METRANS is committed to addressing the transportation challenges of regions such as Los Angeles.

METRANS' mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. The University Transportation Center program has three objectives:

• Foster independent, high quality research to solve the nation's transportation problems
• Train the next generation transportation workforce
• Disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community

METRANS accomplishes these objectives through a comprehensive and collaborative program of research, education, information dissemination and technology transfer organized around four topical focus areas. The main focus is goods movement and international trade, accounting for about half of all METRANS research and most of METRANS outreach and information dissemination activities. The second focus area is mobility of urban populations, with special emphasis on public transportation, and accounting for about one third of METRANS research. Highway infrastructure, and safety, security and vulnerability are relatively new topic areas.

The partnership of USC and CSULB brings together two large urban universities (a combined student body of about 65,000) with complementary strengths. USC is among the nation's leading research universities, and CSULB is one of the largest teaching universities in California. Participating faculty come from several fields of engineering, as well as planning, public policy, public administration, economics, and geography. USC offers PhD and masters programs with transportation specialization in engineering, urban planning, public policy, and public administration. CSULB offers an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Global Logistics. Professional development programs are offered through its Center for International Trade and Transportation at the College of Continuing and Professional Education.

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