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Supports faculty within its consortium to pursue research aligned with our new center's broad theme of promoting economic competitiveness by enhancing multimodal transport for California and the region

University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation (UCCONNECT), comprised of five UC campuses (Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Santa Barbara) and its affiliate, California State University at Pomona (Cal Poly), is dedicated to the proposition that economic competitiveness comes by mobilizing society in general, and the workforce in particular; and by delivering goods and services in the most efficient ways possible by:

  • Promoting economic competiveness by enhancing multimodal transport for California and the region
  • System planning and management
  • Data collection and use
  • Transport models, funding, and finance
  • Institutional culture and relationships

Serves as University Transportation Center for federal Region 9, includeing Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, and California, through activities in three main areas: research, education, and workforce development.

The center recognizes that achieving their aims requires innovative ideas for combating transport congestion and its attendant costs. These costs not only entail monetary, out-of- pocket expenses, but also include lost time, lost opportunities, and environmental externalities.

UCCONNECT fosters varied activities aimed at finding new ways to enhance mobility by battling congestion and the attendant costs. These activities are collaborative and multidisciplinary and present three main thrusts: research, education, and workforce development.

They bring to the table the scholarship to be found in varied, top-ranked academic departments together with the breadth of knowledge and experience to be found in transport agencies throughout Region 9, and in Caltrans in particular, in an effort to provide modern multimodal solutions to enhance the economic competitiveness of the region.