Access Magazine

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ACCESS Magazine
ACCESS Magazine Cover.jpg

Donald Shoup (Editor in Chief)

John A. Mathews (Managing Editor)
Categories Transportation, Urban Planning
Frequency Biannual
First issue 1990
Company UCTC
Country United States
Language English
Website Access Website

ACCESS Magazine publishes research at the University of California Transportation Center. Its goal is to translate academic writing into readable prose that is useful for policymakers and practitioners. Articles in ACCESS are intended to catapult academic research into debates about public policy, and convert knowledge into action.

ACCESS was founded in 1992 by Melvin Webber, Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and has grown to become one of the most widely read publications of transportation research.As of 2013, the magazine has over 8,500 subscribers.

ACCESS is regularly referenced, reprinted, and translated inpublications, including:

  • American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter [1]
  • ASU News [2]
  • Atlantic Cities Group,[3][4]
  • Austin Contrarian [5]
  • Be A Green Commuter [6]
  • BikeWalk Centerlines Newsletter [7]
  • GO Trans Explorer [8]
  • [9]
  • Horse Talk, New Zealand [10]
  • LA Streets Blog [11]
  • PhysOrg [12]
  • Planetizen (2013,[13][14][15][16]
  • Pollution Free Cities [17]
  • Reconnecting America [18]
  • Safe Routes to School California [19]
  • Saporta Report [20]
  • Sac Scribd [21]
  • The City Fix [22]
  • Toll Road News [23]
  • Transport Policy [24]
  • Transportation-Public Health Link [25]
  • Transportation Research Board[26]
  • Transport Economics: Critical Concepts
  • University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies [27]
  • UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability [28]
  • UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs [29]
  • UCLA Sustainability [30]
  • UCLA Today [31]
  • Urban Transport of China,[32][33]

Currently, the following Top 25 Planetizen ranked Urban Planning programs use ACCESS articles in their curricula:

  1. University of California, Los Angeles
  2. Cornell University
  3. Rutgers University
  4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  5. Portland State University
  6. Florida State University

The Editor is Donald Shoup, Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA.

The Managing Editor is John A. Mathews.[34]

ACCESS is published twice a year during the fall and spring. Free subscriptions to the magazine are available by signing up on the ACCESS website.


In 2013, ACCESS Magazine was named “Organization of the Year” at the 24th Annual California Transportation Funding (CTF) Transportation Awards.[35] The CTF cited ACCESS as the “face of the University of California Transportation Center” and commended the Magazine for publishing “incisive commentary on transportation issues of the day.”[36]


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