Research is the major focus of UCTC’s activities. UCTC’s program of research is conducted by University of California faculty and graduate students and is funded by grants from federal, state, and local agencies, foundations, NGOs, and the private sector, as well as by internal UC funds.
We carry out a mixed portfolio of research on transportation policy and systems analysis. We focus on surface transportation in the US, but we also carry out international studies and from time to time we work on water and air transport issues. Specific topics cover the full spectrum from theory and methods through data, design, planning, and policy development, to implementation and post-implementation evaluation.
UCTC’s work is broadly multidisciplinary and its researchers are drawn from civil and environmental engineering, urban and regional planning, economics, business administration and management, operations research, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy and resources, environmental sciences, public health, geography, political science, sociology, history, and public policy.
Recent years' areas of research have addressed topics such as alternative traffic operations and management strategies, incentives for mode shifts, potential impacts of high speed rail, bicycle-transit integration, accessibility in urban environments, the politics of urban development around transit stations.
UCTC aims to put its research findings into practice, and our results are disseminated to other academics, practitioners and policymakers through publications, conferences, workshops, expert testimony, and news media. Hundreds of working papers, research reports, journal article reprints, books, book chapters, and films stemming from UCTC-funded research are available through this website. In addition, UCTC publishes ACCESS magazine twice a year.
UCTC faculty members also serve on transportation research committees and program and project advisory boards, offer technical assistance to public and private transportation organizations, testify before Congress and state legislatures, and work with private sector firms to further disseminate our research results.