The University of California Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) statewide research program is supported by funding received from the Public Transportation Account and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1). Research priorities for this program are developed on an annual basis in consultation with the Chair of the California Senate Housing and Transportation Committee, the Chair of the California Assembly Transportation Committee, the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency, and the UC ITS Board of Advisors. The UC ITS’s research priorities and projects are organized in the following areas, though many priorities and projects overlap these boundaries:

  • COVID-19 Response and Recovery
  • Integrated, Low-carbon Transportation and Land Use
  • Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation
  • Transportation Equity
  • Logistics and Goods Movement
  • Performance Evaluation and Optimization
  • Safety for all Road Users
  • Shared, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Other Transportation Topics







An Assessment of Performance Measures in the Transportation Development Act
Research Team: John Gahbauer, Jaimee Lederman, Esther Huang, Martin Wachs, Juan Matute, and Brian D. Taylor
University: UCLA
Status: Completed
Research Area: Performance Evaluation and Optimization

Advancing Transportation Equity Policy and Practice in California
Research Lead: Jesus M. Barajas
University: UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Transportation Equity

Enhancing Technical and Analytical Capability and Capacity to Implement a Racially Equitable and Just Transportation Agenda
Research Team: Paul Ong (lead), Silvia Gonzalez, and Gian-Claudia Sciara
University: UCLAUniversity of Texas
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Transportation Equity

Summary of Interviews with California Metropolitan Planning Organizations About Senate Bill 375 and the Sustainable Communities Strategies
Research Team: Jazmin Amini, Clay Kerchof, Laurel Mathews, and Matthew Thompson
University: UC Berkeley
Status: Completed
Research Area: Integrated, Low-Carbon Transportation, and Land Use

Resiliency Impacts of Plug-in Electric Vehicles in a Smart Grid
Research Team: Ghazal Razeghi (lead), Jennifer Lee, and Scott Samuelsen
University: UC Irvine
Status: Completed
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

Future of Public Transit and Shared Mobility: Scenario Planning for COVID-19 Recovery
Research Team: Susan Shaheen and Stephen Wong
University: UC Berkeley
Status: Completed
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Examining the Interaction of Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid by Combining Mobile Phone and Smart Meter Data
Research Team: Marta Gonzalez (lead), Ram Rajagopal
University: UC BerkeleyStanford University
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

COVID-19, Commuting, and E-Shopping: Understanding Current and Future Impacts in California
Research Lead: Jean-Daniel Saphores
University: UC Irvine
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Carbon Neutrality Study 1: Driving California’s Transportation Emissions to Zero
Research Team: Austin L. Brown, Kelly L. Fleming, Timothy Lipman, Lew Fulton, Jean Daniel Saphores, Gil Tal, Colin Murphy, Susan Shaheen, Bernadette Austin, Juan Carlos Garcia Sanchez, Elliot Martin, Marshall Miller, Michael Hyland, Susan Handy, Mark A. Delucchi, Daniel Coffee, JR DeShazo
University: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Integrated, Low-Carbon Transportation, and Land Use

Evaluating the Labor, Environmental, and Safety Implications of Home Delivery Services and Ride-hailing Companies
Research Lead: Amelia Regan
University: UC Irvine
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

An International Comparative Analysis of Equitable Road Pricing Strategies
Research Team: Mollie D’Agostino (lead) and Austin Brown
University: UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Transportation Equity

Synthesis of State-Level Planning and Strategic Actions on Automated Vehicles: Lessons and Policy Guidance for California
Research Team: Stephen Wong and Susan Shaheen
University: UC Berkeley
Status: Completed
Research Area: Shared, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles

Assessing Opportunities for Aligning the Provision of Affordable Housing in California with the State’s Environmental Goals
Research Team: Paul Ong (lead), Chhandara Pech, and Jacob Wasserman
University: UCLA
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Integrated, Low-Carbon Transportation, and Land Use

Development of Zero-Emission Bus Implementation Guidance for Public Transit Agencies
Research Lead: Tim Lipman
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

An Analysis of People Using Vehicles as Shelter and the Regulatory Response in Los Angeles County
Research Team: Madeline Brozen (Lead) and Evelyn Blumenberg
University: UCLA
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Transportation Equity

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: A Synthesis of Tradeoffs Related to Shifting from Air to Ground Travel
Research Team: J.R. DeShazo (Lead), James Di Fillippo and Jason Karpman
University: UCLA
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

Guardrails on Priced Lanes: Protecting Vulnerable Populations While Promoting Efficiency through Congestion Road Pricing
Research Team: Michael Manville (lead) and Gregory Pierce
University: UCLA
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Transportation Equity

Understanding and Modeling the Impacts of COVID-19 on Freight Trucking Activity
Research Team: Stephen Ritchie (lead), Andre Tok, and Guoliang Feng
University: UC Irvine
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Identifying Types of Telecommuters based on Daily Travel and Activity Patterns
Research Team: Michael McNally (lead) and Rezwana Rafiq
University: UC Irvine
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

What Drives Success in Public Bikeshare Programs?
Research Team: Michael Hyland (lead) and Jean-Daniel Saphores
University: UC Irvine
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Integrated, Low-Carbon Transportation, and Land Use

Assessing the Safety and Operational Impact of Alternative Speed Limit Policies on California Highways
Research Lead: Michael Zhang
University: UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Safety for All Road Users

Evaluating Barriers to Electrifying Vehicles Used for Ride-hailing from a Driver’s Perspective
Research Team: Angela Sanguinetti (lead) and Ken Kurani
University: UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Shared, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles

Understanding How Consumer Awareness of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Affects Electric Vehicle Adoption in California
Research Team: Ken Kurani (lead) and Scott Hardman
University: UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

Identifying Gaps in California’s Hydrogen Fueling Station Network through an Assessment of the Refueling Behavior of Fuel Cell Vehicle Drivers
Research Team: Scott Hardman (lead), Adam Davis, and Gil Tal
University: UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

Guidance for Developing More Resilient Airport Infrastructure in California
Research Team: Jasenka Rakas (lead) and Sarah Lindbergh
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

Understanding Household Electric Vehicle Charging Patterns to Improve Electricity Demand Estimates
Research Team: Catherine Wolfram (lead) and Andy Campbell, UC Berkeley; James Bushnell and David Rapson, UC Davis
University: UC Berkeley, UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

Identifying Strategies to Preserve Transit-accessible Affordable Housing
Research Lead: Karen Chapple
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Integrated, Low-Carbon Transportation, and Land Use

Monitoring Public Transit COVID-19 Recovery Efforts and Ridership Trends and Assessing Opportunities for Deploying Dynamic Transit Routes
Research Lead: Alex Kurzhanskiy
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Testing the Use of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technology to Smooth Traffic Flow and Reduce Congestion in California
Research Team: Alexandre Bayen (lead), Susan Shaheen, Betty Deakin, Karen Frick, Jonathan Lee, Yashar Farid, UC Berkeley; Dan Sperling, UC Davis
University: UC Berkeley, UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Shared, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles

Assessing Benefits from Shifting Passenger Travel from Air to High-Speed Rail in California
Research Team: Mark Hansen (lead) and Kaijing Ding
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

Open-source Database on “Smart City” Technology Adoption in California
Research Team: Alison Post (Lead), Karen Frick, Iryna Dronova, Jane Macfarlane, Kenichi Soga, and Joan Walker
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Shared, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles

Assessing Drivers’ Responses to Eco-driving Applications
Research Team: Ching-Yao Chan (lead) and Peggy Wang
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Shared, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles

Addressing High Capital Costs and Delays for California’s Major Transportation Projects
Research Team: Ethan Elkind (lead), J. Jordan Diamond, Ted Lamm, and Arianna Wolff
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Performance Evaluation and Optimization

Combining Travel and Public Health Data to Examine Impacts of COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Orders in Los Angeles County
Research Team: Caroline Rodier (lead) and Huajun Chai, UC Davis; Kay Nagel and Ihab Kaddoura, Technical University of Berlin; David V. Conte and Abigail Horn, University of Southern California; and Neil Maizlish, Public Health Institute
University: UC DavisTechnical University of Berlin, University of Southern California
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Double the Trouble: Responding to the Dual Crisis Presented by Disaster Evacuations and Pandemic Response
Research Team: Susan Shaheen (Lead), Stephen Wong, Jacquelyn Broader, and Adam Cohen
University: UC Berkeley
Status: Completed
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Assessing Temporary and Long-Lasting Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Travel in California
Research Team: Giovanni Circella (lead), Susan Handy, Dillon Fitch, Yongsung Lee, and Patricia Mokhtarian,
University: UC Davisand Georgia Institute of Technology
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

By Transit, By-Right: How Housing Development Approval Processes Can Support Higher Transit-Friendly Density
Research Team: Paavo Monkkonen (lead), Shane Phillips and Michael Manville
University: UCLA
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Integrated, Low-Carbon Transportation, and Land Use

An Assessment of the Evacuation Capacity of Los Angeles Roadways and Bridges
Research Team: Ertugrul Taciroglu (Lead) and Barbaros Cetiner
University: UCLA
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Environment, Energy, Health, and Transportation

Assessing the Effectiveness of Environmentally-Friendly Bio-stabilization Maintenance Strategies on Hillsides Affected by Wildfire
Research Lead: Ingrid Tomac
University: UC San Diego
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Performance Evaluation and Optimization

Developing a Framework for Siting Multi-Modal Charging Hubs
Research Team: Ran Wei (lead) and Nanpeng Yu
University: UC Riverside
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Shared, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomicity: A Modeling Framework for Equitable Policy Analysis for Future Transportation
Research Team: Jay Jayakrishnan (lead) and Michael Hyland
University: UC Irvine
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Transportation Equity

Causes of Housing Construction Delay in Transit-Accessible and Jobs-Rich Areas in California
Research Team: Nicholas J. Marantz (lead), Jae Hong Kim, and Doug Houston
University: UC Irvine
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Other Transportation Topics

An Assessment of Micromobility Travel in California in terms of Trip Characteristics, Connections to Transit, and COVID-19 Effects
Research Team: Dillon Fitch (lead) and Alan Jenn
University: UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Integrated, Low-Carbon Transportation, and Land Use

Markets and Program Options For E-bikes in California
Research Team: Elizabeth Deakin (lead) and Karl Reinhard
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Shared, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles

Who is Using Micromobility and Why?
Research Team: Giovanni Circella (lead) and Kailai Wang
University: UC Davis
Status: In Progress
Research Area: Integrated, Low-Carbon Transportation, and Land Use

Changes in Traffic Patterns and Localized Air Quality in Southern California
Research Team: Shams Tanvir (lead), Matthew Barth, Barry Wallerstein, Cesunica Ivey, and Kanok Boriboonsomsin
University: UC Riverside
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Exploring the Role of Transit in COVID-19 Transmission
Research Lead: David Brownstone
University: UC Irvine
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Planning for the Reopening of Public Transit with Social Distancing Measures
Research Lead: Z. Max Shen
University: UC Berkeley
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Virtual Convenings and Policy Series to Explore Response Strategies and Next Steps for Transit
Research Team: Juan Matute (lead), Ryan Caro
University: UCLA
Status: In Progress
Research Area: COVID-19 Response and Recovery