Martin Catala

Research Associate GIS and Transportation InformaticsLocation: CUT 238
Phone: (813) 974-9791
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Martin Catala, Senior Researcher, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)

Martin Catala is the Chair of the National Transit GIS Clearinghouse and the program director of the Advanced Geo-Spatial Informatics Laboratory (AGIL) and a member of the Transit Management and Innovation (TMI) Group at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), located at the University of South Florida (USF). Mr. Catala’s areas of expertise include the development and implementation of transit performance measures, senior mobility, rural transportation, Federal Section 5310 practices, public transportation service evaluation, university transportation systems, open data policy, and procedures for public transit agencies, livability and geographic information systems (GIS).  He has number of projects with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), including the development of open data guidelines for transit agencies, development of national transit livability database for urban and rural settings, and national quality of service measures for public transit.

Knowledge: Martin has over 20 years’ experience in public transportation research with specific skills in the area of performance measurement, planning, GIS, technology implementation, livable communities and informatics and distributed data systems.

Mr. Catala has had extensive experience in developing community profiles using national and local datasets and leverages his specialties to produce community and customer oriented performance measures so transit agencies may best attract and retain customers.

Relative Experience:

  • Best Practices in Federal Section 5310
  • University Transportation Systems
  • National Transit Livability Database and Performance Metrics
  • National Transit Performance Measures
  • Transit Development Plans
  • Guidance with customer-oriented data programs such as GTFS and real-time information
  • Service Planning and Performance Evaluation
  • Spatial analysis and demographic modeling