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The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, established in 1988, is an internationally recognized resource for policymakers, transportation professionals, and the public. CUTR provides high quality, objective expertise in the form of insightful research, in-depth policy analysis, comprehensive training and education, and effective technical assistance that translates directly into benefits for CUTR’s project sponsors. CUTR’s faculty of 45 full-time researchers combines academic knowledge and extensive “real world” experience in developing innovative, implementable solutions for all modes of transportation. The multidisciplinary research faculty includes experts in economics, planning, engineering, public policy, and geography. CUTR receives over $8 million per year in contracts and grants to support its research, education, training and technical assistance missions. CUTR also is the home for the National Center for Transit Research and the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute.
The University of South Florida (USF), established in 1956 as a public university, is a comprehensive multi-campus research university serving more than 47,000 students. The USF System is an evolving multi-campus system of higher education with fiscally autonomous, yet complementary, campuses in Tampa (including USF Health), St. Petersburg, and Sarasota/Manatee. USF is home to medical clinics and hospitals, a major mental health research institute, and two public broadcasting stations. The University employs more than 1585 full-time instructional faculty, over 4500 full-time staff. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference, has a $1.8 billion annual budget, and an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion. The University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. According to the National Science Foundation, USF is ranked 44th in total research expenditures and 38th in federal research expenditures for public universities.