Cal Transportation Team was founded in 2016 as a spinoff of Cal ITE. We compete in the ASCE Mid-Pacific Transportation competition, planning and designing a solution to a given prompt. The team has many members from different backgrounds working on planning, operations, and design of transportation systems. The team also runs a DeCal class so students can get academic credit for their work.
This year, the prompt requires teams to plan a streetcar which goes through downtown Sacramento. We must conform to regulations and right of way restrictions provided by the city. After we develop a solution, we submit a number of deliverables including a technical summary, informational poster, cost estimate, signal timing sheet, roadway profiles, site plans, and cross sections. More on the competition can be found here.
The prompt this year is based off an actual ongoing project in Sacramento called the Riverfront Streetcar (more about it on their website here). We have drawn much of our inspiration from the planners and engineers who are working on this project professionally.
Deputy Project Manager
Cheuk Ming Ng
Our team is just getting established and we welcome all interested students. We welcome more than just civil engineers; our current team consists of members from other disciplines such as Urban Planning and Political Science.
Learn New Skills
Designers on the team work together in AutoCAD, a vital software used in engineering but not taught by many classes. Team members who work in operations learn how to use Synchro and Vissim to model traffic conditions, just like consultants in the field. Cal Transportation Team allows its members to get hands-on experience with professional software through in-class workshops.
Industry Connections and Resources
Joining Cal Transportation team provides valuable connections within the transportation industry. Our current advisors work in prestigious research institutes, innovative agencies, and private firms. These connections and the work experience provided by the project make our students competitive candidates for internships and entry level positions.