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.

Martin Catala

Program Director, Transit Management & Innovation Location: CUT 238
Phone: 813-974-9791
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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, 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 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:

· 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