Transportation Sustainability Research Center
The Transportation Sustainability Research Center was formed in 2006 to combine the research forces of six campus groups at UC Berkeley: the University of California Transportation Center, the University of California Energy Institute, the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Energy and Resources Group, the Center for Global Metropolitan Studies, and the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.
PATH is a collaboration between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the University of California, other public and private academic institutions, and private industry. PATH's mission: applying advanced technology to increase highway capacity and safety, and to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and energy consumption.
Center participation is through partnerships with individuals, public agencies, private firms, and other organizations that provide financial and in-kind resources to the California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT). These contributions support research, development, testing, commercialization activities, and CCIT facilities.
CCIT provides a unique opportunity for its operations partners, including:
- Leveraging Caltrans resources that were already invested in California PATH and ITS-Berkeley projects.
- Collaborating on ITS projects to accelerate deployment.
- Collaborating in response to federal request for proposals (RFPs) and improving California's ability to compete for national ITS demonstration and deployment funding.
- Enhancing product development by collaborating with the brightest experts in academia, industry, and government.
- Receiving support in the development of new technologies for transportation.
- Receiving assistance in demonstrating products and systems as they move deployment and commercialization.
- Helping to bring advanced transportation information products to market successfully.
- Facilitating collaboration between the automobile industry and the leading edge advanced technology innovators.
To learn more about CCIT services and to become a partner, please visit the CCIT web site.
ITS Berkeley has a long history of transportation innovation and research. In 1948, ITS Berkeley was established to support transportation research. In 2001, the department received $41.5 million in research funds. This multidisciplinary program claims approximately 50 faculty members, 50 staff researchers, and more than 100 graduate students.
UC Irvine’s Institute of Transportation Studies and UC Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center are housed in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Current projects include ZEV-Net, a large station car project. Other areas of focus include advanced transportation management systems and artificial intelligence/expert systems in transportation.
ZEV•NET is a new concept in transportation that is now becoming a reality. It is a systems approach that combines mass transit with low-emissions shared-use vehicles to provide a cleaner alternative to single-car commuting.
ITS Davis is a leading research institute with 40 faculty members, 60 graduate students, and a $6 million yearly budget. Its primary goal is to investigate transportation issues of societal significance from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
The Transportation Systems & Vehicle Technology Research Laboratory is housed in the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE CERT) at UC Riverside. The Center is currently focused on many different transportation topics, including: Intellishare, a carsharing program; integrated transportation and emissions modeling; and other research areas.