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Topic: Transportation

Local governments often have jurisdiction over public transit authorities. Many of these entities have the mission of providing safe, accessible, and affordable mobility options for their residents. From extensive shuttle services to new rail infrastructure, local officials have the power to shape their communities with reliable modes of commute. Help from city planners, environmental scientists, social workers, and countless other industries can contribute to decisions that decrease the carbon impact and air pollution caused by transportation. Technological innovations ranging from high-speed rail, to autonomous vehicles, to ride-sharing mobile apps are increasing the complexity of local decision-making and the need for STEM-informed input.


ESAL Articles and Events about Transportation

Article - Apr 3, 2022
From Physics of Space to the Physics of Community Transportation

ESAL speaks with associate research scientist, science policy fellow, mentor, committee member ,and AAAS science and technology fellow Alice Grossman on her work in equitable, accessible transportation.

Article - Jul 5, 2020
Ensuring a Just Transition to Electric Vehicles in California

While electric vehicles are a critical part of local climate change and air pollution mitigation, structural barriers create gaps in charging infrastructure for marginalized communities. ESAL volunteer Chris Jackson recently published a policy brief outlining how policymakers can ensure that those benefits are equitably distributed.

Article - Mar 22, 2020
Graduate Students Advocate for Transportation Safety in Houston

Kathryn Kundrod and Mary Natoli are Ph.D. candidates in the bioengineering graduate program at Rice University and active members of Rice University’s Cycling and Triathlon Club. ESAL interviewed them about their advocacy for transportation safety around campus and broadly in the City of Houston.

Article - Feb 23, 2020
Information Science Leader Opens Data for Positive Change

Jeanne Holm serves as a senior technology advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as deputy chief information officer for Los Angeles. ESAL interviewed Holm about how her scientific training informs her work in LA on infrastructure, mobility, and air quality.

Article - Aug 11, 2019
City of Pittsburgh: Mobility tied to social and economic justice

During her early career in international development, Karina Ricks gained a lasting appreciation for transportation’s role in economic prosperity and social equity. Since 2017, she has applied these lessons at the local level within the U.S., overseeing transportation in Pittsburgh as the Director of Mobility and Infrastructure.

Article - May 12, 2019
Can Local Government Be ‘Delightful?’ Yes, Says New Urban Mechanics

Nigel Jacob, a Ph.D. computer scientist, co-chairs the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) where he oversees local initiatives and innovative projects in Boston's mayoral office. Jacob spoke to ESAL about how MONUM brings an entrepreneurial spirit to Boston’s local bureaucracy.

Article - Jan 29, 2018
Interning for a State Representative

Christopher K. Tokita interned for New Jersey state Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Ph.D. While it may seem overwhelming to dedicate time to working in state government while also working toward a Ph.D., he found it to be very doable and rewarding. For him, it was an achievable way to explore public policy while continuing his scientific training and research.

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