UCLA Transportation's Abdallah Daboussi and Jimmy Tran have been honored with the Association for Commuter Transportation's (ACT) 40 Under 40 award. The winners were recognized during an awards ceremony on November 12, 2019, held during ACT’s 2019 TDM Forum in Seattle.
The 40 Under 40 award recognizes transportation demand management (TDM) leaders who develop creative solutions to improve the quality of life for commuters and increase the livability of communities, resulting in a better future for everyone.
Abdallah Daboussi, UCLA Transportation's Senior Planning & Policy Analyst, was nominated for being a powerful advocate for public transportation as a way to get to UCLA. He was instrumental in bringing the Long Beach Transit commuter line to campus—from initiating the idea in the beginning stages to implementing the program in determining the route, bus stops, and service hours. Abdallah's other accomplishments include establishing designated pick-up zones for Lyft and Uber rides, and launching an air travel mitigation fund to reduce the environmental impact of flights taken for university business.
Jimmy Tran, UCLA Transportation's Senior Active Transportation Planner, was recognized for his commitment to making UCLA a leading university in providing healthy, livable, and quality spaces for everyone who walks, bikes, or uses other active forms of travel. He’s been instrumental in improving the bike infrastructure on campus and promoting bicycling at UCLA through the introduction of new programs. Jimmy was also the main contributor to the 2019 UCLA Active Transportation Plan which provides a framework to improve campus livability and safety.
ACT Executive Director David Strauss said, “The future is very bright for TDM with this amazing group of talent rising up through the ranks and changing the way we look at addressing the transportation and mobility challenges facing our communities."