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About Us

The William and Barbara Transportation Center is located in the College of Education Building in room CE 214.

The Leonard name comes from William E. and Barbara Leonard, Inland Empire residents and philanthropists. Mr. Leonard served on the California Highway Commission from 1973-1977; paved the way for the Interstate 215; and served on the California Transportation Commission from 1985-1989 and 1993-1997. He also advocated for establishing CSU-San Bernardino, and his son William R. Leonard served five terms in the California State Assembly and served in the State Senate from 1988 to 1996. In honor of the Leonard family, the Leonard Transportation Center (LTC) uses research and education to analyze and address the issues surrounding transportation, livability, and the economy.

There is a strong need in the region for data driven decision making and the education of future public and private leaders in the transportation field. The LTC, working with its sister universities in the region, UCR and CPP, will fill this need. This includes multidisciplinary research and education with affiliated faculty from public administration, supply chain management, cyber-security, computer science, chemistry, health  sciences, criminal justice, geology, anthropology, and geography.  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by CSUSB, UCR, and CalPoly Pomona to bring on additional faculty from environmental sciences, civil engineering, and urban and regional planning. The focus is on multimodal, technology based solutions with people, place, and the economy in mind. 
The Leonard Transportation Center continues to promote community led partnerships that address transportation challenges and issues to improve the quality of life in the  Inland Empire.

Department of Transportation Designation 

CSUSB is now one of 18 Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers across the U.S. whose main focus will be addressing and providing solutions for transportation issues facing Southern California. The project was announced by U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx and came to light from a study, "Beyond Traffic 2045," put forth by the department. This report analyzes expected traffic trends in the next three decades.

These Innovation Centers are a necessity because in the next 30 years, the United States will have 70 million more people flooding its roads, transit and rail networks, and airports. The Beyond Traffic 2045 report includes creating a governance system that enables and motivates innovation rather than suppresses it. With that comes reducing regulatory barriers, promoting technology transfer and capacity building, and spurring basic research across all modes of transportation.

Additionally, the report encourages growth on a global scale, identifying and promoting projects with the most prosperity and generating the necessary funding to make those goals happen. Cal State San Bernardino and, in particular, The Jack Brown School of Business, and the Leonard Transportation Center, are well-positioned to bring this to fruition.

William E. Leonard Memorial Transportation Internship

The William E. Leonard Memorial Endowed Scholarship was renamed, the William E. Leonard Memorial Transportation Internship. The endowment distribution supports a paid internship benefiting a student worker at the William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration.

It was important to the Leonard family to promote higher education for the students of Cal State University of San Bernardino. Each year a paid internship position will be available at the center. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Leonard Transportation Center and the paid internship, please contact us -

College of Education, room 214