In May 2018, CUTR senior research associate Victoria Perk participated in a panel meeting for Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis Project SH-18, On-Board Survey Methods and Technologies, in Washington, D.C.
At the FPTA/FDOT/CUTR Professional Development & Transit Safety and Operations Summit in Tampa, CUTR research associate Alexander Kolpakov presented updates on the Tracking and Investigating the Performance of Alternative Fuel Buses project during the Maintenance Roundtable session. Transit Research Program director Dennis Hinebaugh moderated the Autonomous and Shared Public Transportation session, which included presentations on new automated transit development efforts in Florida and a discussion on how the new FDOT/CUTR Transit Automation Research and Technical Assistance Center can be used to help guide the industry forward. During the session, CUTR senior research associate Jennifer Flynn presented on the significance of rideshare to the transit automation sector and how CUTR researchers are tracking key topics for transit industry through the FDOT/CUTR Florida Automated Transit and Shared Use Network (ATSUN). The Florida ATSUN was created to provide a resource for the transit industry on the topic of transit automation and shared use services in the state of Florida and beyond. The Network will be divided into three core areas: research, evaluation, and technical assistance. Initial activities include development of a working group, surveying the Florida transit industry (in progress), and development of a research, evaluation, and technical assistance plan.
At the 6th Annual TRB Bus Rapid Transit Conference in Los Angeles, Dennis Hinebaugh, who also serves as chair of the TRB Public Transportation Group, moderated The Future of BRT Automation session.