ACCESS magazine, a publication of the UC Transportation Center, released its 40th issue at the beginning of July. The magazine, edited by urban planning professor Donald Shoup, covers current issues in transportation policy and practice in a style designed for the general reader.
The current issue includes stories on ridesharing services, the relation between population density and effective transit, and the tension between regional planning authorities and local governments. Brian Taylor, Michael Smart and Allison Yoh, of UCLA Luskin's Lewis Center, wrote an article called "Thinking Outside the Bus," which looks at improvements to the rider experience on transit between the times that are spent on a bus or train, so that line transfers and trips to and from the stations are made more streamlined. Other contributions from UCLA Luskin scholars include "Can Public Transportation Increase Economic Efficiency?", by urban planning visiting professor Matt Drennan, and a piece by Shoup on the trend of placing solar panels in parking lots.
The magazine is published twice yearly by the UCTC, a consortium of transportation research organizations at UC and CSU campuses across the state. It coordinates and promotes research in environmental stability, economic competitiveness and livability.