In partnership with the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Access to Opportunities is a multidisciplinary initiative that provides research on how transportation connects people to economic opportunities and social participation. Access to opportunity refers to the specific role that transportation plays in helping people reach essential destinations — in jobs, healthcare, and education. Because transportation resources are inequitable in their distribution among people and neighborhoods, many people face disparities in access that hinders their outcomes in life. This research initiative seeks to create a greater understanding of this concept, how it’s determined, and most importantly, what can be done to increase access to opportunity, especially among underserved populations.

Lead Scholars

Evelyn Blumenberg
Evelyn BlumenbergDirector of Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies / Professor of Urban Planning

Other Scholars

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
Professor of Urban Planning

Paul Ong
Professor of Urban Planning

Gregory Pierce
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Brian Taylor
Professor of Urban Planning & ITS Director

Martin Wachs
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

The Latest

Selected Research Publications

Sexual Harassment and Assault in Transit Environments: A Review of the English-language Literature
Hao Ding, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Asha Weinstein Agrawal— 2020

Automatic Generation of School Bus Routes in Los Angeles
Mason A. Porter, David J. Spencer, Cu Hauw Hung— 2020

Low-Income Workers, Residential Location, and the Changing Commute in the United States
Evelyn Blumenberg, Hannah King— 2019

Physical Accessibility and Employment among Older Adults in California
Evelyn Blumenberg, Andrew Schouten, Miriam Pinski, and Martin Wachs — 2019

A Resurgence in Urban Living? Trends in Residential Location Patterns of Young and Older Adults Since 2000
Evelyn Blumenberg, Anne Brown, Kelcie Ralph, Brian D. Taylor, and Carole Turley Vougaris— 2019

The Poverty of the Carless: Toward Universal Auto Access
Michael Manville, David A. King, Michael J. Smart — 2019

Toward a richer picture of the mobility needs of older Americans
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Martin Wachs, Miriam Pinski— 2019

Car-deficit households: Determinants and implications for household travel in the U.S.
Evelyn Blumenberg, Anne Brown, Andrew Schouten — 2018

Automobile Ownership and Travel by the Poor: Evidence from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey
Evelyn Blumenberg, Gregory Pierce — 2018

Travel Behavior of the Poor After Welfare Reform
Evelyn Blumenberg, Trevor Thomas — 2018

A Taste for Transit? Analyzing Public Transit Use Trends Among Youth
Anne E. Brown, Evelyn Blumenberg, Brian D. Taylor, Kelcie Ralph, Carole Turley Voulgaris— 2016

Welfare to Work Voucher Program
Evelyn Blumenberg, Gregory Pierce— 2016

The Drive to Work: The Relationship between Transportation Access, Housing Assistance, and Employment Among Participants in the Welfare to Work Voucher Program
Evelyn Blumenberg, Gregory Pierce— 2016

Getting Around When You’re Just Getting By: Transportation Survival Strategies of the Poor
Evelyn BlumenbergAsha Weinstein Agrawal — 2014

What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults
Evelyn Blumenberg, Brian D. Taylor, Michael Smart, Kelcie Ralph, Madeline Wander, Stephen Brumbagh — 2012

Recent Projects