March 30, 2017, 12:00PM (ET)

Public Transit Ridership and Productivity Trends: What We Do and Don’t Know

This webinar will share information on national public transit trends in ridership and productivity and discuss causes and implications of current trends. Download handout

Presenter: Steve Polzin, Ph.D., Program Director of Mobility Policy Research, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

Steve Polzin, Ph.D. is the Program Director, Mobility Policy Research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.  His research concentrates on travel behavior, public transportation, travel data analysis, and transportation decision-making. Dr. Polzin is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Public Transportation and serves on several Transportation Research Board and American Public Transportation Association Committees.  He is co-chairman of the Transportation Research Board National Transportation Data Requirements and Programs Committee.  He teaches graduate courses on Transportation and Land Use and Public Transportation.  Dr. Polzin has published dozens of academic articles, contemporary pieces, editorials, and blog postings.  He co-authored Commuting in America 2013, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials definitive resource on commuting.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) for 13 years and the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization for 7 years. Dr. Polzin is a Civil Engineer with a BSCE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.  Dr. Polzin worked for transit agencies in Chicago (RTA), Cleveland (GCRTA), and Dallas (DART) before joining the University of South Florida in 1988.

His current research interests include exploring the implications of technology on travel behavior including the impact of transportation network companies and autonomous/connected vehicles.


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