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News & Events—UCTC Conference Archive

This is an archive of a selection of past events that UCTC sponsored in whole or in part. There is also an archive of news and events in which UCTC or its researchers, students or faculty were involved.




Pursuing the Technological Sublime: How the Eastern Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Became a Megaproject
Friday, September 13, 4-5 p.m. in 534 Davis Hall

UCB Transportation Seminar presented by Karen Trapenberg Frick, Ph.D. Assistant Director, University of California Transportation Center

The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which was opened after the Labor Day weekend, is a classic instance of a megaproject, not just because of its huge complexity, protracted timeline and “mega” cost (some $6.5 billion). It is also a textbook embodiment of what I have identified as the “six C’s” of a typical megaproject: colossal, captivating, costly, controversial, complex, and subject to issues of control.

Karen Trapenberg Frick is Assistant Director of the University of California Transportation Center. She also is a lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley and teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in transportation policy and planning, and is the academic lead for the College of Environmental Design's [IN]CITY summer program in sustainable city planning. She holds a Ph.D. in city planning from UC Berkeley and a master's in planning from UCLA.

UCTC Co-Sponsors Shared-Use Mobility Summit Oct. 10-11, San Francisco

The Shared-Use Mobility Summit is a two-day event facilitating a lively dialogue among mobility providers, policymakers, governmental agencies, non-profits, affiliated industries, technologists, academics, media and stakeholders on the current state of the practice, opportunities, and obstacles to market expansion. Registration: $350.


uctc 2103 banner2013 UCTC Student Conference Feb. 28-March 2 at UCLA and Downtown Los Angeles


Friday, March 1

7:30am - 8:30am Check in and continental breakfast
8:30am - 9:00am Opening Remarks
9:00am - 12:00pm Morning Presentations and Poster Session

12:00pm - 2:00pm Luncheon and Mel Webber Lecture Speaker: Jonathan Levine, University of Michigan
Moderator: Allison Yoh, Associate Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

2:00pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Presentations
4:00pm - 5:00pm Closing Panel
5:00pm - 6:00pm Reception

Saturday, March 2

9:00 – 12:00 Mobile Workshops All workshops will leave from UCLA

The 2013 UCTC Research Conference is coupled with the UCLA Complete Streets Conference, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Contact info: Madeline Brozen [email protected]


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Friday, April 20, 2012 at the UC Davis Conference Center

Call for papers now available.

This year's one-day conference is open to graduate students engaged in transportation research at the following universities: UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Cal State Pomona, Cal State Sacramento, Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.



February 23 Conference, "Sustainable Mobility & Cities: Marrying Technology and Policy" in Downtown Berkeley.

It is the third and final conference in the series, Sustainable Economic Development Strategies in Lean Fiscal Times. It is organized by the University of California Transportation Center and sponsored by the Ted and Doris Lee Fund at the College of Environmental Design and the Boalt School of Law of UC Berkeley, managed by the Institute of Urban & Regional Development.

The conference focuses on key policy debates and opportunities for using technology to improve our transportation system and cities.

Of note, the urban transport sector's environmental footprint is huge and growing – around a third of energy consumption and CO2 emissions in U.S. cities is in the transport sector. The debate on how to shrink the sector's footprint has splintered into two camps: those arguing for technological solutions (e.g., clean-fuel vehicles; smart cars) and those contending that policies (e.g., congestion pricing) and land-use management (e.g., TOD) that reduce the demand for car travel offer considerable, if not more, promise.

The debate and rhetoric has become fractious and at times divisive. In modeling how to comply with AB32, for example, CARB (California Air Resources Board) estimates that some 90% of the targeted CO2 emission reductions will come from technological advances and a much smaller share (5% or so) might come from land-use initiatives like TOD. Many smart-growth policy advocates dispute this.

The technology versus policy debate could very well be a false dichotomy. Is it possible that the two might effectively work together in tandem, promoting cross-purposes? Need the two points-of-view always be at loggerheads? Might there be synergies/win-win outcomes associated with aggressively pursuing the two strategies in tandem.



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The 2011 UCTC Student Conference, February 24-25, 2011 at UC Berkeley



Featured events:

Jose Gomez-Ibanez, the Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, to deliver the 2011 Melvin Webber Lecture, honoring UCTC's first director. Thursday, February 24, 6:30-9 pm, in the Main Hall at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club.

"Parking: Innovative Practice and Policy" brings together leaders from the private, public, and academic fields to discuss what cars do the 95% of the time that they are not being driven. Featuring Tod Dykstra, Donald Shoup and Jay Primus; moderated by Susan Shaheen. Friday, February 25, 9:30-11 am, in the Ballroom of the UC Berkeley Faculty Club.


World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research

July 28-30, 2011 Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Inaugural conference, co-sponsored by UCTC, Center for Transport Studies at the University of Minnesota, Georgia Transportation Institute, UC Davis Sustainable Transportation Center, the University of Connecticut Center for Transportation and Livable Systems and the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center.

The conference program will include plenary presentations from:

  • Ed Glaeser (Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University)
  • Robert Cervero (Professor of City & Regional Planning, Director, UCTC), and
  • David Banister (Professor of Transport Studies, Oxford University)


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UTC-TRB Annual Spotlight Conference on Transportation for Livable Communities

2010 UTC-TRB Annual Spotlight Conference on Transportation for Livable Communities on October 18–19, 2010, at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC. Organized by the Transportation Research Board, sponsored by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Download preliminary agenda.


New Research Webinars for Professionals: Bridging Transportation Research and Practice

Packed lunchtime presentation and discussion sessions are designed to give you just the info you need and the chance to know more.

All seminars run 11:00am-1:00pm on one Wednesday per month.

Efficient Management of Road Construction & Operations September 15, 2010

Conference on Transit-Oriented Development and Social Equity

"An Agenda for Research and Action"

A free conference, co-sponsored by UCTC and the UC Berkeley Center for Community Innovation, Tuesday, June 1, 9 am to 4pm at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way in Downtown Berkeley. View a preliminary speaker list, and register online for the free TOD and Social Equity Conference here.

Three Webinars for Transportation Professionals

Hosted by the Sustainable Transportation Center at UC Davis.
  • June 16, 2010: Encouraging Sustainable Behavior
  • April 14, 2010: Corridor Management Introductions by Robert Copp, Caltrans Division of Traffic Operations Q+A session by Susan Handy, Sustainable Transportation Center
  • May 12, 2010: Freight & Goods Movement Introductions by Larry Orcutt, Caltrans Division of Research & Innovation Q+A session by Thomas O'Brien, METRANS Transportation Center

16th UCTC Student Conference

April 1-2, 2010: Hosted by UC Irvine

National Evacuation Conference:

February 3-5, 2010, New Orleans. Conference Web site. Co-sponsored by UCTC.




2009 Arrowhead Symposium at the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead The Transportation-Land Use-Environment Connection October 18-20, 2009: Presentations and Proceedings


Growing Sustainably in a Low-Carbon World: A Pro-active Response to California’s SB375, March 17-May 5, 2009, a UCTC-supported speaker series on climate change initiatives in California that focused on transportation and land-use strategies, was sponsored by the Institute of Urban and Regional Development. Sessions where transportation and land-use were the core themes were:

  • May 5: "Local and Regional Planning Challenges," moderator: Michael Teitz, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley, and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California.
  • April 28: "Integrated Transportation and Land Use Modeling," featuring Caroline Rodier, Reid Ewing, Bob Johnston, Gordon Gary, Jeff Weir.
  • April 21: "Vision California 2050, Setting the Land Use Target," featuring Peter Calthorpe, plus Robert Cervero, Jason Corbun, Therese McMillan.
  • April 14: "Visioning Sustainable Communities," with Elizabeth Macdonald, Keith Bartholomew, Uri Avin, Clark Wilson, Gregory Tung

2008 UTC-PATH Conference, Tackling Congestion in an Era of Climate Change, November 6-7, 2008, Los Angeles


2007 UTC-PATH Conference, On the Road to Sustainability: From Research to Practice, October 29 -31, 2007, Berkeley


Meeting of Minds: a Conference on the Innovations We Need for More Sustainable Cities, Oakland, CA, September 11-13, 2007


11th World Conference on Transportation Research (WCTR), UC Berkeley, June 24-29, 2007


CUTC / UTC 2004 Meeting, UC Berkeley, June 9-11, 2004


UCTC Design Conference #2 - The Art of Modern Transit Station Design. April 29-30, 2004


Conference: The Art of Designing Bridges and Freeways - UC Berkeley, September 20, 2002


Short Course on The Economics of Urban Sprawl - UC Santa Barbara, June 22, 2002


California Transportation Futures Conference - Sacramento, June 21-22, 2001


Journey to Work: Symposium on Welfare Reform and Transportation - Los Angeles, April 2000