Planning, Policy, and Design Distinguished Fellows 2015-16

August 2015

The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design is pleased to welcome the third class of Distinguished Fellows for the 2015-16 academic year. The program was established to connect senior planning and policy leaders to graduate students and alumni in urban planning. The Fellows represent a wide variety of policy interests: urban planning, housing, transportation, urban design, energy, environment, and community development. Click here to learn more about the program.

The Fellows include:

  • America Bracho
    CEO/President, Latino Health Access
  • Bill Fulton
    Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University
  • Susan Hori
    Partner, Real Estate and Land Use, Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Felicia Marcus
    Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Timothy Psomas
    Chairman Emeritus, Psomas; and Founding Chair, Institute for Sustainable Infrastucture
  • Tony Salazar
    President, West Coast Operations, McCormack Baron Salazar

Live close to a train and you might drive less

July 2015

A recently released study by Douglas Houston, Associate Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, and Marlon Boarnet, Professor of Public Policy at USC, provides the first evaluation of the impacts of a new light rail service in California on travel patterns and indicates rail transit can encourage nearby residents to drive less and help reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions. The people that responded to the study's survey who lived within walking distance (1 km) of the Los Angeles Expo light rail drove approximately 10 fewer miles per day than those that lived farther away. People that lived close to rail stations also took approximately triple the number of rail trips. Their findings suggest that household travel behavior responds to transit service enhancements and inform planning efforts to provide more sustainable travel options in southern California.