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Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS)


ULTRANS: Aligning Land Use and Transportation Policy and Practice

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As the world’s cities and regions struggle to enhance economic development, social equity, and environmental quality while meeting the infrastructure demands of a growing population, they sorely need tools that contemplate the effects of transportation and land use policies. Under the initial leadership of Mike McCoy, with Susan Handy, Robert Johnston, Mark Lubell, Patricia Mokhtarian, Deborah Salon, and Susan Shaheen the UC Davis Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS) improves understanding of these relationships and develops, tests, and deploys tools that can be used for planning.

Initially, our focus is on the development of policies and tools to be used in California to support state requirements for reduced greenhouse gas emissions in metropolitan areas. Our efforts build upon the internationally recognized work at ITS-Davis and affiliated departments and centers on campus, and include collaborations with ITS organizations throughout the University of California system. Supporting the design and implementation of new land use and vehicle demand policies is our aim - through research, education, and public outreach. The Center’s results-oriented research illuminates how the interactions of land use, transportation, the economy and the environment can encourage sustainability.

ULTRANS is training the next generation of leaders in urban research and policy development. Affiliated students have opportunities to participate in graduate level coursework, as well as research and outreach on critical issues in addressing climate change.

Extending research findings beyond the university is a top priority for the Center. Information is disseminated through professional education and service to all levels of decision making bodies and practitioners. ULTRANS currently offers advice and support to California State Agencies, as well as numerous Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Councils of Government in California.

Research activities are focused in four areas:

Empirical evidence - evaluate the effectiveness of policies as they are implemented, to support decision making by providing estimates of the size of the effect of discrete policies

Modeling and tools - to provide forecasts of the effects of policies, to support decision making with respect to the longer term and at a larger scale, taking into account interactions between policies and accounting for trends

Institutional analysis - to understand the processes by which policy decisions are made and implemented, including the use of empirical research and forecasting tools in the process

Policy design - to develop innovative policy instruments for use by local, regional, and state agencies to improve transportation and land-use coordination

ULTRANS Program Description - March 201042.46 KB
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ULTRANS Advisory Board - Member Bios - Sep 2011.pdf842.62 KB
ULTRANS Organization Chart - Jul 2011.pdf182.12 KB
ULTRANS Publications - 2008 through 2011.pdf561.9 KB