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.

Lisa Staes

CUTR Associate DirectorLocation: CUT 109
Phone: 813-974-9787
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Ms. Lisa Staes is the Associate Director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and serves as CUTR’s Director of Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs. She was recently appointed by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg to the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), is the chair of TRB’s Standing Committee on Transit Safety and Security (AP080), Advisory Board Member of  Elsevier’s Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives Journal, and former chair of APTA’s Bus Safety Committee.  She is the CUTR project manager for FTA’s Transit Standards Development Research and Safety Research Demonstration Evaluation programs, where she is actively involved in transit research and stakeholder involvement activities.  She was the lead consultant on TCRP Synthesis SA-38 – Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Transit Bus Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies, TCRP Synthesis SA-45 – Onboard Technologies to Prevent Transit Bus Incidents, and TCRP F-27 – Characteristics and Elements of Non-Punitive Employee Safety Reporting for Public Transportation.  Sample research topics include transit assaults, collision/crash energy management for transit buses, mitigations for rail trespassing and suicides, fitness for duty/fatigue risk management, simulator training and its impact on transit safety, training and certificate programs and elements of success, rural and senior mobility initiatives, and other topics. Additional research and program management information can be found here.