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Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis (ITS)



About Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis (ITS)

The Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis) is the leading university center in the world on sustainable transportation.  It is home to more than 60 affiliated faculty and researchers, and 120 graduate students, and has roughly $15 million in funding. While our principal focus is research, we also emphasize education and outreach.

The Institute is unique in hosting a graduate program in transportation, matching interdisciplinary research with interdisciplinary education. Our Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP) graduate curriculum draws from 34 different academic disciplines. Our more than 225 alumni are becoming leaders in government and industry.

We are partnering with government, industry and non-governmental organizations to inform policy making and business decisions, and advance public discourse on key transportation, energy and environmental issues. The Institute is focused on issues important to society.
For example, our researchers are leading the way in developing a transformational national Low Carbon Fuel Standard and supporting the development of national 54-mpg vehicle standards. In California, we are playing pivotal roles in designing and analyzing initiatives on zero emission vehicles, low carbon fuels, vehicle use and sprawl. We are unraveling the mysteries of consumer behavior, developing and analyzing new technologies, and creating the tools needed by government and industry. We play essential roles in determining how best to direct our transportation system to a more sustainable future.

Our Mission
To serve the needs of society by organizing and conducting multidisciplinary research on emerging and important transportation issues, disseminating this research through conferences and scholarly publications, and enhancing the quality and breadth of transportation education.

Contact Us:
Main Office: (530) 752-6548
Events: (530) 752-6548
Graduate Education: (530) 752-0247


Location: 1605 Tilia Street, Suite 100, Davis, CA 95616-8762

SLoCaT Focal Person:

Lew Fulton

Dan Sperling

Programs & Projects on Transport & Climate Change

ITS-Davis is internationally recognized for its multidisciplinary approach to transportation studies, with sustainability as a key underlying theme. To address today's challenges, ITS-Davis has built strong research programs in three areas:
    Travel behavior and transport systems modeling
    Environmental vehicle technologies and fuels
    Climate change, air quality, and other environmental impacts

These research programs are carried out by mission-specific centers within the Institute. They are:
Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center

The UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center is the hub of collaboration and research on plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles for the State of California. We provide technology and policy guidance to the state, and address research questions and commercialization issues for PHEVs and EVs. The PH&EV Center is led by Director Dr. Tom Turrentine.

Next Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways

The UC Davis Next Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways program (NextSTEPS) is a four-year (through 2014) multidisciplinary research consortium, focused on the future roles of alternative fuels and vehicles.  Its goals are to generate new insights about the transitions to a sustainable transportation energy future, and disseminate that knowledge to decision-makers in the private sector and governmental agencies so that they can make informed technology, investment, and policy choices. NextSTEPS is led by Director Dr. Joan Ogden.

Urban Land Use and Transportation Center

The Urban Land Use and Transportation (ULTRANS) Center focuses on relationships between land use, transportation, and government policy, and the choices that people make about where to live, work, and play, and how and when to travel. ULTRANS is led by Director Dr. Susan Handy.
China Center for Energy and Transportation

China Center for Energy and Transportation studies Chinese motorization and transportation energy systems, and teaches American and Chinese graduate students. We collaborate with senior Chinese transportation scholars at State Council’s Development Research Center, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Tongji University, and Beijing Jiaotong University. The China Center is led by Director Yunshi Wang.


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