Public Transit and Shared Mobility

The public transit and shared mobility research pillar includes a suite of projects focused on challenges, opportunities, and transformations related to public transit and private shared mobility in California. Public transit continues to be critically important for many Californians, and shared mobility shows much promise in improving mobility and equitable access to opportunities. Both of these mobility options have faced challenges during the pandemic, and policies and innovation are needed to revive and evolve them. The projects in the public transit and shared mobility pillar will inform a future vision for public transit and shared mobility in California (and beyond) that increases access to opportunity, supports resilience, and reimagines how these modes work together.

Phase One Objectives:

  • Providing insights into innovative finance and operations strategies.
  • Understanding what causes ridership declines and what policy levers can revive ridership, while simultaneously improving service for underserved populations. 
  • Identifying strategies to enhance public transit and shared mobility to ensure they are more adaptable to future pandemics, earthquakes, wildfires, and extreme weather events. 
  • Evaluating the role of public transit and shared mobility in achieving statewide VMT reduction goals.
  • Understanding the future of private shared mobility and what role the public sector should play in supporting and regulating it.

Phase 1 Projects:

Phase one includes 14 multi-campus research projects.







Research Team: John Gahbauer (lead), Jacob Wasserman, Juan Matute, Alejandra Rios Gutierrez, and Brian Taylor

UC Campus(es): UCLA

Status: Completed

Research Team: Jae Hong Kim (lead), Jesus Barajas, Douglas Houston, and Nicholas Marantz

UC Campus(es): UC Davis, UC Irvine

Status: In Progress

Research Lead: Michael Manville

UC Campus(es): UCLA

Status: In Progress

Research Team: Brian Taylor and Giovanni Circella

UC Campus(es): UC Davis, UCLA

Status: In Progress

Research Team: Susie Pike (lead), Jean-Daniel Saphores, Juan Matute

UC Campus(es): UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA

Status: In Progress

Research Team: Mike Hyland (lead) and Jacob Wasserman

UC Campus(es): UC Irvine, UCLA

Status: In Progress

Research Team: Jacob Wasserman (lead), Susan Shaheen, Adam Cohen, Jacquelyn Broader, and Sarah White

UC Campus(es): UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA

Status: In Progress

Research Team: Susan Shaheen (lead), Jacob Wasserman, Elliot Martin, Adam Cohen, Michael Hyland, and Caroline Rodier

UC Campus(es): UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA

Status: In Progress

Research Team: Michael Hyland (lead), Susan Pike, and Yan Xing

UC Campus(es): UC Davis, UC Irvine

Status: In Progress

Research Team: Susan Shaheen (lead), John Gahabuer, Michael Hyland, and Adam Cohen

UC Campus(es): UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA

Status: In Progress

Research Team: Daniel A. Rodriguez (lead), Susan Pike, Michael McNally, and Meiqing Li

UC Campus(es): UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine

Status: In Progress

Research Team: Jacob Wasserman (lead), Brian Taylor, and Fariba Siddiq

UC Campus(es): UCLA

Status: Completed

Research Team: Susan Shaheen (lead), Joan Walker, Evelyn Blumenberg, Madeline Brozen, Adam Cohen, Aqshems Nichols, Rasik Hussain, and Nicole Matteson

UC Campus(es): UC Berkeley, UCLA

Status: In Progress