Transportation research at the Lewis Center is conducted in close partnership with the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). Since its inception in 1992, ITS has supported hundreds of UCLA School of Public Affairs students with over $2 million in scholarship funding, which is relatively unique among UCLA research centers in both scope and scale. The Institute of Transportation Studies also enriches the School of Public Affairs curriculum by regularly funding special topics courses in transportation studies; and actively link transportation research with policy and planning practice through highly successful programs such as the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium on the Transportation/Land Use/Environment Connection. ITS is also home to the nation’s most widely read transportation research magazine, ACCESS Magazine.

What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults

What’s Behind the Decline in Driving Among Millennials? This question has been hotly debated in the press and in policy circles, but mostly based on impressions and anecdotes and not solid evidence – until now. The following two recent national studies by ITS researchers shed considerable light on those mysterious Millennials and their travel behavior.What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young AdultsITS researchers Evelyn Blumenberg, Brian D. Taylor, Michael Smart, Kelcie Ralph, Madeline Wander, and Stephen Brumbaugh analyze data from the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey in 1990 and the National Household Travel Surveys in 2001 and 2009 to how travel behavior of youth (teens and young adults ages 15–26) compares to that of middle-aged adults (ages 27–61). The team also analyzes whether the basic determinants of youth travel behavior are changing and whether there is evidence that today’s youth are likely to travel differently than adults. Four fundamental outcome measures of travel are focused on:PMT - personal miles traveledActivity participation - number of daily tripsJourney-to-work (or commute) mode choiceTravel mode used for social tripsThis study finds that youth travel behavior deviates remarkably little from that of adults, with economic factors like employment status and income predominant in determining [...]

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Enabling Strategic Growth in Cudahy, California

After decades of sprawl, state and regional governments are now focused on encouraging compact, infill and transit-oriented growth as a key strategy to reduce vehicle travel and greenhouse gas emissions. According to this logic, growth in already-developed areas that are more central and better-served by transit will result in less driving and fewer emissions. Cudahy is such a community, and has upzoned a significant portion of the City to accommodate future growth.But Cudahy is also unprepared for growth in various ways. First, it has fundamental existing deficiencies in water and sewer infrastructure. The City needs to assess such deficiencies as well as future needs, and develop a financing mechanism to sustain these systems. Second, there has been very little permitted development in Cudahy in the past decade. This indicates that the market for new development is poor, and points toward the possible existence of regulatory barriers that affect financial feasibility of new development. Finally, when the City does grow, it lacks a financing mechanism to sustain public infrastructure; the City struggles with constrained resources. There is no local funding source for infrastructure for walking, biking, and transit access, which are crucial to support a growth strategy aimed at overall reductions [...]