Juan researches innovation in public transit, parking, and mobility services in response to climate change, congestion, and urban market dynamics. He led UCLA’s work on two strategic transit plans for the State of California and long-range climate action plans for Southern California communities. Juan has worked with research teams to quantify the number of parking spaces in Los Angeles County, assess life-cycle environmental impacts of the Los Angeles Metro system, and examine the cost-effectiveness of GHG reductions from California’s High Speed Rail.
As Deputy Director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Juan manages the Center’s operations, external relations, research, and student programs. As a Lecturer in Urban Planning, Juan teaches graduate classes Policy and Planning for the Mobility Revolution and Environmental Assessment for Urban Systems.
Juan works to integrate research into practice as Chair of Downtown Santa Monica’s Access, Mobility, and Parking Committee, which oversees mobility improvements and programs in the popular seaside business district. As Chair of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Parking Reform Working Group, Juan coined the term “code the curb” to describe a digital inventory of street and sidewalk assets and regulations.