About Us

The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) was established in 1988 in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida, located in Tampa, Florida. CUTR is an internationally recognized resource for policymakers, transportation professionals, and the public. CUTR provides high quality, objective expertise in the form of insightful research, in-depth policy analysis, comprehensive training and education, and effective technical assistance 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 economics, planning, engineering, public policy, and geography.  CUTR logs over $19 million per year in expenditures through contracts and grants to support its research, education, training and technical assistance missions. CUTR also is the home of the National Center for Transit Research and the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute.

The University of South Florida (USF), established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three separately accredited institutions: USF, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. Students come from every state and U.S. territory and more than 150 countries around the world. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Led by Dean Robert H. Bishop, the USF College of Engineering is ranked #55 among public institutions (#89 overall) by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 engineering graduate school rankings.  The college serves 6,500 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.