NCTR Researchers Receive Patent for Automatic Trip Purpose Detection

On June 2, 2015, the United States Patent Office awarded Patent No. 9,047,384, System and Method for Automatically Determining Purpose Information for Travel Behavior to a team of researchers from the National Center for Transit Research (www.nctr.usf.edu) and College of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida. The patent is for an…

2015 Commuter Choice Certificate

The 2015 Commuter Choice Certificate schedule of online classes is now available at http://www.commuterservices.com/events/2015-commuter-choice-courses/. You can register and pay using the same link (scroll down on that page). Course Descriptions provides a brief overview and learning objectives for these courses. Note the course descriptions include courses not currently on the 2015 schedule. Not every course is taught…

National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) Seeks Graduate Students to Become USF-NCTR Graduate Research Assistants

In conjunction with the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is seeking candidates for several graduate assistant positions. Selected applicants will pursue a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. This 16-month program of coursework and experiential learning assignments will produce a master’s…

CUTR Researcher Featured Speaker at USDOT’s Transportation Innovation Series

CUTR’s Dr. Sean J. Barbeau will present, “Enabling Better Mobility Through Innovations for Mobile Devices” on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1 PM EST as the featured speaker in USDOT’s Transportation Innovation Series – hosted by  OST Office of Research and Technology (OST-R). View recording via YouTube: http://youtu.be/aXFwVh-gDBc Overview: Mobile phones are quickly reshaping our world. As of November…

The Role of Florida Transit Agencies in Providing Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvements

The street environment needs safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists, including in the vicinity of bus stop locations.  While public transit agencies are only required to provide facilities in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act within transit property, bus stop facilities also must connect to the adjacent street and sidewalk. Recent guidance from…

Florida TDM Clearinghouse

The Florida Statewide Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Clearinghouse provides technical assistance in support of Florida’s commuter assistance program to achieve Florida’s 2060 vision and goals as identified in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) 2060 Florida Transportation Plan. According to the Federal Highway Administration, TDM is “any action or set of actions intended to influence…

Patent Awarded: Distributed and Decentralized Location Aware Architecture

United States Patent 8924536 | Issue Date of U.S. Patent December 30, 2014 A distributed and decentralized location-aware system that includes a number of peers, each in communication with other peers and adapted to communicate PING, PONG, and ALERT messages. Each of the messages has a header that includes location information. Also provided is a…

Patent Awarded: System And Method For Spatial Point-Of-Interest Generation And Automated Trip Segmentation Using Location Data

United States Patent 8843315 | Issue Date of U.S. Patent September 23, 2014 This invention is a spatial data processing system and method that allows the automatic, rapid, scalable analysis and transformation of large amounts of travel behavior data (e.g., tracking data points) into individual “points-of-interest” and discrete trips stored in a spatial database. Each…

USF in 35 sessions at the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting

The Center for Urban Transportation Research and others from University of South Florida’s College of Engineering will be presenting or moderating 35 paper/poster sessions/committee meetings at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC beginning on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  Below is the list of workshops, lectern/poster sessions, and committee meetings where we…

New North Transportation Alliance (NNTA) Operations

The New North Transportation Alliance (NNTA), is a public-private partnership in Northeast Tampa that provides a forum for businesses, local governments, residents, and commuters to address the transportation needs of the area.  Our purpose is to improve and expand transportation options for all travelers in the New North area. NNTA receives funding from the Florida Department of Transportation (District Seven), Hillsborough…

Pilot of a Community-Based Voluntary Travel Behavior Change Effort

This project is a community‐based social marketing (CBSM) approach to influencing travel behavior. This CBSM approach is similar to other CBSM efforts which have been successfully used to influence behaviors such as recycling, and energy and water conservation. The project’s focus is to identify and encourage targeted neighborhoods to change the way they travel and…

Improving Knowledge of Safe Pedestrian Behavior through WalkWise (StateWide)

WalkWise is a grassroots initiative that provides innovative pedestrian safety education to citizens through a free interactive 15- to 30-minute presentation. Through outreach efforts, business sweeps, and word-of-mouth referrals we generate interest in the presentation. Through the presentation, we both educate the public about pedestrian/bicycle laws and practical safety tips, while collecting data about their…