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Charles Rivasplata
  • Title
    • Lecturer
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Remote work location, None
  • Office Hours Tuesdays: 8:45-9:45 by appointment
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1611 Indian Valley Road
    • Novato CA 94947

Research Interests

Transportation Planning

Sustainable Planning

Urban Planning

Biography, Education and Training


Dr. Rivasplata has more than 30 years of experience in transportation planning and policy. He is currently a lecturer at San Jose State University (SJSU), where he teaches classes on regional and local transportation planning, as well as sustainable planning.  He also has taught at the University of California (UC), Stanford University, Cambridge University and Sonoma State University (SSU).  He spent 28 years working for the City/County of San Francisco, at the San Francisco Planning Department and the SFMTA.  His professional portfolio featured work on transportation demand management (TDM) strategies, as well as the Transportation Element of the San Francisco General Plan, bike-transit catchment studies, a residential carsharing study, and policies promoting transit integration in the Bay Area and beyond.


Dr Rivasplata holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in Transportation Planning and Policy (2006); as well as an M.C.P. in City and Regional Planning (1991), an M.S. in Civil Engineering (1990), and an M.A. in Latin American Studies (1983), all from the University of California, Berkeley.