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Sustainable Transportation Center (STC)

The Sustainable Transportation Center (STC) was established in 2005 via the federal transportation authorization bill, which established the current system of national university transportation centers. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plays a key role in the Center by facilitating partnerships and providing funds to match the federal support. U.S. DOT funding will continue through the summer of 2009.

The STC's name and theme refer to an approach to transportation that meets the needs of all segments of society while minimizing environmental, societal, and economic costs. At the heart of the sustainable transportation challenge is the dominance of petroleum-powered automobiles as a mode of daily travel in the U.S and the fact that more people are driving more miles than ever before. The consequences are locally and globally significant in the near term and the long term. Establishing a more sustainable transportation system will require new leaders and strong, interdisciplinary approaches that address consumer choices, vehicles, systems, planning, and policy.

Project Participants

Susan Handy
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy; Director, Sustainable Transportation Center; Deputy Director, ULTRANS

Professor Handy is currently a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, and the Director of the Sustainable Transportation Center (part of the Federal University Transportation Centers program). She is also the Deputy Director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center. Professor Handy's research focuses on the relationships between transportation and land use. She is particularly interested in the impact of land use on travel behavior and creating strategies for reducing automobile dependence.