About Our Research
Founded in 2006, the Center’s goal is to provide local, state, and federal transportation providers with increased capability to produce improved transportation decisions and with the information and research resources to better manage transportation systems (including transit) and transportation investments. In 2018, the LTC’s Advisory Council refocused our mission and new programs have been developed based on the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan of CSUSB and the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration. With a specific focus on issues impacting the Inland Empire, the Center’s current strategic areas are: Research, Education, Community Engagement, and Operations.
Our groundbreaking programs and research impact transportation policy, workforce development, and the mobility environment, not only locally in the Inland Empire, but throughout California and the world. Research is a vital part of the center’s mission. As a multidisciplinary, transportation research center in the Inland Empire community, the LTC is looking to support and enhance the current research activities in the region. We have narrowed our research down to two specific areas.
Transportation Mobility Policy & Management
The first is a broader agenda of understanding the challenges and finding possible solutions for enhanced transportation mobility policy and management inland ports. From an economic perspective, corporate and consumer demand for imported goods is continuously increasing, meanwhile convenient access to freeways, airports, and rail lines have made the Inland Empire an ideal location for industrial facilities. From a transportation perspective, however, the growing development of manufacturing and industrial facilities has led to elevated traffic congestion, environmental pollution, which produce negative impacts to the future economic viability of the region. Given these observations, the LTC is determined to continue transportation research to help solve mobility issues.
A second project to highlight was a collaboration between University of California, Riverside’s Department of Political Science/The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (UCR) and the LTC in spring of 2020. Under the guidance of Professor Ronald Loveridge (UCR) and Professor Kimberly Collins (CSUSB), four political science student researchers looked at the possibilities of a Smart Transportation Future in the IE. They defined the key issues in the region through a review of pertinent literature, and interviews with regional transportation leaders. This work was presented at the August Transportation Dialogue “Smart Cities 2.0 - Reimagining Transportation”. To learn more about the student researchers work, please visit their smart transportation website.
Intelligent Transportation Systems & Transportation Cybersecurity
We also have the ITS and transportation cybersecurity research. With the implementation of new cyber technologies in the transportation infrastructure, safeguarding these systems is critical. The LTC’s research agenda is to identify current needs and address cybersecurity challenges in the region’s transportation infrastructure. Please visit the ITS and transportation cybersecurity webpage to learn more about our research.
Student Research Challenge
In addition to the research focus of cybersecurity and mobility, the LTC has a new research program called the Student Transportation Research Challenge. The 2020-21 Research Challenge is engaging the region’s young, and upcoming leaders to look at how we can obtain and measure a sustainable and equitable transportation system in the Inland Empire. This program has five regional students (undergraduate and graduate) from CSUSB, CalPoly Pomona, and University of California Riverside (UCR) working together to find innovative solutions, learn research techniques, and think critically on the obstacles facing the Inland Empire. Please visit the Student Research Challenge webpage to learn more about this years research.
Watch for the 21-22 call for proposals. Now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Research Challenge.
2021-2022 Application coming soon!
Junior Faculty Fellows Program
The Leonard Transportation Center Junior Faculty Fellowship Program recognizes and supports junior faculty to conduct transportation-related research in the Inland Empire. The objective of the faculty fellows’ program is to effectively engage faculty and students in research, collaborative projects, and community outreach.