Brian Pessaro, AICP

Phone: 813-974-5113



I’m a senior research associate with the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute, which is housed at CUTR. My two main areas of research are evaluating vehicle assist and automation technologies and the USDOT’s Urban Partnership Agreement Program.


Senior Research Associate                                                          October 2009 – Present        

   Center for Urban Transportation Research, College of Engineering, University of South Florida

  • Wrote best practices report on bus rapid transit for Florida Department of Transportation District IV and hosted a bus rapid transit workshop.
  • Evaluated Minnesota Valley Transit Authority’s GPS-based Driver Assist System and its impacts on bus shoulder operations.
  • Evaluated the performance of the mechanical docking arm used by the Cleveland HealthLine BRT.
  • Evaluated the before and after impacts of transit signal priority (TSP) on the Pines Blvd. Express bus in Broward County.
  • Currently evaluating the transit components of the various Urban Partnership Agreements and Congestion Reduction Demonstration projects in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, and Seattle.



M.A. Urban and Regional Planning                                                                May 1998            

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


B.A. Political Science                                                                                       May 1993

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

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