Dr. Giuliano is the Director of the METRANS Transportation Center. METRANS includes the  METRANS Tier 1 University Transportation Center, the METROFREIGHT Center of Excellence, and the Southwest Transportation Workforce Development Center. METRANS is also a partner of the UC Davis National Center for Sustainable Transportation.

 METRANS Transportation Center 


The METRANS Transportation Center was established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) as the first University Transportation Center in Southern California. METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

METRANS’ mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.

METRANS has three primary 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

We accomplish these objectives through a comprehensive and collaborative program of research, education, information dissemination and technology transfer organized around four topical focus areas:

  • Integrated management of freight and passenger systems
  • Sustainable and efficient urban freight transportation
  • Mobility of urban populations

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. METRANS research includes many disciplines: faculty come from several fields of engineering, as well as planning, public policy, public administration, economics, and geography.

The two universities together offer a full spectrum of education and training, from PhD to undergraduate and including professional training and certificate programs.  Dissemination and technology transfer are accomplished via conferences, workshops, publications, and web.

METRANS Tier 1 University Transportation Center

The METRANS Tier 1 University Transportation Center is funded under the US Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers Program. Established in 2013, METRANS UTC is a partnership of the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach.   METRANS UTC conducts an integrated, multidisciplinary program of research, education and technology transfer aimed at increasing the economic competitiveness of large metropolitan areas through improved transportation system performance. See more here.



Metrofreight is a Volvo Research and Educational Foundations Center of Excellence (CoE) It was established in 2013 as a CoE on urban freight, and is one of ten VREF CoEs in five regions of the world. MetroFreight is a consortium led by the METRANS Transportation Center and housed at the University of Southern California.

The consortium members include:

  1. METRANS Transportation Center, a two university multidisciplinary transportation research center comprised of USC and California State University, Long Beach;
  2. University Transportation Research Center (URTC), a consortium of 17 universities in the New York Region, housed at City College of New York (CCNY);
  3. French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFFSTAR) at University of Paris-Est, in Paris;
  4. Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) in Seoul.

See more here.

UC Davis National Center for Sustainable Transportation 

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METRANS is part of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation consortium. METRANS research at the Center focuses on sustainable freight transportation, including efficient freight operations, land use strategies to reduce GHG emissions, and workforce development implications of GHG reduction policies and strategies.

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation will help federal, state, regional, and local agencies reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions from passenger and freight travel that contribute to climate change through research in four thematic areas: toward zero-emission vehicle and fuel technologies; low-carbon infrastructure and efficient system operation; low-impact travel and sustainable land use; and institutional change.

See more here.

 Southwest Transportation Workforce Center


The Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC) seeks to connect and empower the 21st century transportation workforce through research, education, and industry engagement. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funded the launch of SWTWC in concert with four other regional centers that form the National Network for the Transportation Workforce. Each center is dedicated to providing a more strategic and efficient approach to transportation workforce development.

SWTWC builds partnerships and alliances between strategic stakeholders to advance an abiding goal: develop a skilled and career-ready transportation workforce throughout SWTWC’s eight member states—California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma. The SWTWC is headquartered at California State University, Long Beach, and directed by Dr. Thomas O’Brien.