The University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) is a transportation research unit headquartered on the UC Berkeley campus.
UCTC carries out basic and applied research, published in journals and on the Center's web site. Our research centers around transportation systems analysis and policy, with a focus on three themes—environmental sustainability, economic competitiveness, and livability—and, importantly, the connections between them. UCTC gives particular attention to the synergies that can be created when working in a coordinated fashion on all three themes.
We work with international, national, state, regional and local agencies and private organizations to put our research findings into practice. We organize and participate in conferences and workshops to discuss our research findings, inform public policy, and identify new and emerging research needs. We give talks on recent research findings and invite lecturers from other research institutions to share their work with us.
We support education programs of UC academic departments offering transportation degrees, both by providing students with research opportunities and by providing new material for courses. In addition, from time to time we offer training sessions, lectures, and symposia for practitioners, and publish a magazine designed to communicate our work to a broad nontechnical audience.
UCTC’s mission is to significantly advance the state of the art in transportation research and practice and to expand the workforce of transportation professionals. To accomplish this, we 1) carry out basic and applied research, 2) support top-flight, multidisciplinary education programs, 3) provide an ongoing technology transfer programs that make research results available to a wide range of users in forms that can be readily implemented or applied. and 4) co-sponsor new transportation research, education, and tech transfer activities and enterprises during their critical start-up phases.