CUTR has a team of experienced and dedicated personnel who work on a range of transportation-related projects and programs. The center’s staff includes educators, researchers, and technical experts who are committed to improving transportation safety for all road users.

In addition to its core staff, CUTR also works with a network of partners and collaborators in the transportation field. These partners include other research institutions, government agencies, and industry associations. By leveraging the expertise and resources of these partners, CUTR is able to make a greater impact on transportation safety and driver education issues.

Brian Ruppert

Maintenance Specialist Transit Safety and Workforce Development
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Brian Ruppert’s extensive career in transit began in 1984 as a Truck Technician with Dorsey Trailers, J & P Properties and Waste Management. In 1994, Brian joined the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (CFRTA) as a Bus Technician and Training Assistant. Brian ended his tenure at CFRTA as a Maintenance Training Instructor in 2018. In each of these positions, Brian was able to increase his technical and operational expertise in the transit industry. In 2018, Brian joined the CUTR team as a Vehicle Field Inspector and specializes in transit maintenance compliance.