CSULB/USC transportation center named ‘Organization of the Year’

The METRANS Transportation Center, a joint partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has been named “Organization of the Year” by the California Transportation Foundation (CTF).
A leading nonprofit providing support for the transportation community statewide, CTF is a foundation whose mission is to promote transportation education in California.  
The award being given to METRANS will be among those presented on Wednesday, June 15, at the foundation’s 22nd annual Transportation Awards Luncheon in Sacramento, where the it recognizes excellence in transportation– all modes, public and private sector, and from all regions across California.
A US Department of Transportation University Transportation Center (UTC), METRANS specifically addresses transportation problems in large metropolitan areas.
“When you look at what METRANS is about, we solve transportation problems in big metropolitan areas,” said Marianne Venieris, METRANS deputy director and executive director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation at CSULB.  “We do it through research, education and outreach.  We address transportation problems, which include moving people and moving goods.”
This is first time the CTF’s “Organization of the Year” award has been given to a university entity.
“Our selections represent the best of the projects, programs and people who made a positive difference for California transportation in 2010,” said CTF executive director Sarah West, adding that METRANS’ research and outreach initiatives made a real contribution to the field.
METRANS funds research on a wide range of transportation related topics at USC and CSULB through an annual proposal process and engages students through research, seminars and other activities.  In addition, the organization’s programs include conferences, public forums, publications, as well as workforce development and professional training.

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