Upcoming Webcast: Public Transit in America

Rescheduled: Date TBD

Public Transit in America

Understanding transit ridership and the characteristics of transit markets is a fundamental necessity for all individuals involved in planning, operating, marketing, and policy decision-making for public transit. The 2016 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data set was released in March of 2018, which affords researchers the ability to assess a range of public transit markets from multiple perspectives such as socio-demographics of transit markets, transit-specific trip characteristics, modal shares, etc. This webinar will review some of the trends of characteristics that affect or describe the public transit market in the U.S. using the NHTS data, while also comparing other datasets like the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, NTD, and APTA data to provide a holistic understanding of public transit in America. The objectives of this research are to afford transportation professionals, policy makers, and the public the data analyses necessary to form sound opinions and make judicious decisions regarding public transit.

Presenter: Jodi Godfrey, CUTR

Jodi Godfrey is currently a Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida (USF). She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from USF in 2013 and 2015 respectively. As a Research Associate Ms. Godfrey is responsible for oversight of graduate research assistants on the Mobility Policy Research Team. The team collects and analyzes transportation data trends for use by policy makers locally, throughout the state of Florida, and nationally. Ms. Godfrey is familiar with many data sources such as the National Household Travel Survey, the American Community Survey, FHWA Highway Statistics Series, National Transit Database, etc. and many of the nuances associated with each source.

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