About CUTR

CUTR was established in 1988 in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida. USF’s largest non-health research center, CUTR is an internationally recognized transportation research, education and technology transfer/training/outreach center, with a focus on producing products and people. Our work supports transportation agencies, the transportation profession and community, policy makers, and the public. CUTR provides high quality, objective expertise in the form of insightful research, comprehensive training and education, effective technical assistance and in-depth policy analysis, that translates directly into benefits for CUTR’s project sponsors.  CUTR’s faculty of 37 full-time researchers, and 57 students, 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 engineering, planning, computer science, economics, public policy, public health, and geography.  CUTR logs nearly $20 million per year in expenditures through contracts and grants to support its research, education, training and technical assistance missions.

CUTR’s Mission, Vision, and Values


  • Proactively support implementation of innovative multimodal transportation solutions and develop leaders through research, education and action.


  • A vibrant, multimodal, multidisciplinary university transportation center that is an exciting place for students to learn and an engaging environment for faculty to conduct compelling research.

Strategic Goals

Research  |   Educate  |  Lead  |  Implement  | Collaborate


Safety  |  Service  |  Diversity  |  Sustainability  |  Mentoring  |  Global  |  Engagement   |  Inclusivity  |  Integrity  |  Accountability  |  Transparency  |  Supportive

USF Standards of Service

Per the USF Standards of Service, CUTR supports the following goals and ideals and commit that we will:

  • Treat students, visitors and fellow workers with dignity and respect and assist them in a caring and helpful manner.
  • Act in a manner that students, visitors and fellow workers see us as a source of accurate and helpful information.
  • Continually review our policies and procedures in an effort to simplify them and improve service.
  • Continue to improve and update our knowledge, skills and abilities in order to best serve our students.
  • Derive pride and satisfaction from solving problems, not passing them on, as we seek solutions not blame.

In support of these goals and ideals, CUTR adheres to these standards of service, and we will:

  • Acknowledge an inquiry as quickly as possible.
  • Make the point of conflict the point of resolution.
  • Listen to our students and fellow workers and our communications will be clear and understandable.
  • Identify opportunities to simplify systems and processes to benefit internal and external stakeholders.
  • Give the student the benefit of the doubt.
  • Act so that students and visitors who interact with us feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable.

Distracted Driving Policy

CUTR supports federal and state policies against distracted driving. It is CUTR policy that employees will not text or email and drive while on CUTR business, and we encourage our employees to voluntarily follow these practices while on their own time as well:

  • Florida Statues (F.S.) 316.305 Wireless Communications Devices Prohibition that prohibits motorists from using mobile phones to text or email.
  • Follow the Florida Highway Patrol tips for driving: make safe driving your first priority, keep your eyes on the road, limit conversation and use common sense.
  • As we receive federal grants for our work, we follow Federal Executive Order 13513 that encourages organizations to ban text messaging while driving company-owned or rented vehicles or while driving privately owned vehicles while on official business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the Government.

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report’s national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF has earned widespread national recognition for its success graduating under-represented minority and limited-income students at rates equal to or higher than white and higher income students. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Learn more at www.usf.edu.

College of Engineering

Led by Dean Robert H. Bishop, the USF College of Engineering is ranked No. 55 among public institutions (No. 89 overall) by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 engineering graduate school rankings.  The college serves 7,000 students, offering ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees in seven programs, as well as 13 master’s and nine doctoral degrees.  The College is actively engaged in local, regional and global research activities with $33 million in research awards for the fiscal year 2015-2016.