About the Sustainable Transportation Center at UC Davis
Welcome! The Sustainable Transportation Center (STC) was established in 2005 via the federal transportation authorization bill, which established the current system of national university transportation centers. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plays a key role in the Center by facilitating partnerships and providing funds to match the federal support. U.S. DOT funding will continue through the summer of 2009.
The STC's name and theme refer to an approach to transportation that meets the needs of all segments of society while minimizing environmental, societal, and economic costs. At the heart of the sustainable transportation challenge is the dominance of petroleum-powered automobiles as a mode of daily travel in the U.S and the fact that more people are driving more miles than ever before. The consequences are locally and globally significant in the near term and the long term. Establishing a more sustainable transportation system will require new leaders and strong, interdisciplinary approaches that address consumer choices, vehicles, systems, planning, and policy.