Sustainable & Resilient Transportation2021-01-21T12:04:36-08:00

In partnership with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation the Sustainable and Resilient Transportation program encompasses research to support the transition to zero emissions vehicles and improve the resilience of the transportation system.

Lead Scholars

J.R. DeShazo
J.R. DeShazoLuskin Center Director / Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning
Colleen Callahan
Colleen CallahanLuskin Center Deputy Director
Charles Corbett
Charles CorbettProfessor of Operations Management and Sustainability

Other Scholars

Jason Karpman
Luskin Center Researcher

Jaimee Lederman
ITS Postdoctoral Fellow

Juan Matute
ITS Deputy Director

Suzanne Paulson
Professor and Center for Clean Air Director

Gregory Pierce
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Deepak Rajagopal
Assistant Professor, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Mohja Rhoads
Lecturer in Transportation Geography

Ryan Snyder
Lecturer in Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning

Jonathan Stewart
Professor and Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Ertugrul Taciroglu
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Martin Wachs
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning

Arthur Winer
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Health Sciences

Yifang Zhu
Professor, Fielding School of Public Health

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Selected Research Publications

Designing Policy Incentives for Cleaner Technologies: Lessons From California’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Rebate Program
J.R. DeShazo, Tamara L. Sheldon, Richard T. Carson — 2017
Researchers assessed the performance of alternative rebate designs for plug-in electric vehicles in four categories: the number of additional plug-in electric vehicles purchased, cost-effectiveness per additional vehicle purchase induced, total program cost, and the distribution of rebate funding across consumer income classes. Which types of rebate designs work best?

    The Growing Role of Transportation Funding in Regional Habitat Conservation Planning
    Jaimee Lederman, Martin Wachs — 2016
    Transportation agencies, struggling to comply with the Endangered Species Act, have increasingly been willing to fund regional habitat conservation plans (RHCPs) with partners. Transportation agencies mitigate their impacts and provide early and consistent financing to facilitate the planning process, help RHCPs establish initial conservation preserves, and allow RHCPs to capitalize on lower land prices during downturns in the development market. How can these partnerships create long-term success for conservation plans?

    Improving Incentives for Clean Vehicle Purchases in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities
    J.R. DeShazo — 2016
    Federal and state policymakers ihave adopted a variety of policy incentives to induce drivers to purchase advanced clean vehicles. But recent research raises concerns about whether the incentives actually reach the intended consumers because of eligibility restrictions, salience of instruments in consumer decision making, and the impact of incentives across consumers and producers. Can the efficiency and cost effectiveness of incentives be improved by strategically targeting specific types of vehicles and consumers?

    Experimentation and Innovation in Advance Mitigation: Lessons from California
    Gian-Claudia Sciara, Jacquelyn Bjorkman, Jaimee Lederman, Melanie Schlotterbeck, James H. Thorne, Martin Wachs — 2015
    Advance mitigation is a process through which the environmental impacts and required mitigation are assessed for one or more transportation projects early in project planning and development.  Although there have been efforts to develop programmatic mitigation initiatives and funding to support them, there is little documentation of their establishment, operation, or accomplishments. What lessons do California’s initiatives offer for external conservation planning efforts and comprehensive mitigation planning?

    Habitat Conservation Plans: Preserving Endangered Species and Delivering Transportation Projects
    Jaimee Lederman, Martin Wachs — 2014
    The development of transportation infrastructure requires a long planning, funding, and implementation cycle that often takes more than a decade for a particular project. Environmental mitigation is usually planned and implemented late in this process and on a project-by-project basis. Habitat conservation plans provide an alternative model, with early assessment of regional mitigation needs and advanced planning for habitat- or landscape-level impacts from multiple infrastructure projects. How are such plans being used in the infrastructure planning process nationwide?


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