Patent Awarded: Method of Providing a Destination Alert to a Transit System Rider

Researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the USF Computer Science and Engineering Department were awarded a patent for U.S. Patent # 8,169,342 – Method of Providing a Destination Alert to a Transit System Rider – Algorithm used in the Travel Assistance Device (TAD) system to alert a transit rider when to exit the…

Patent Awarded: On-Demand Emergency Notification System Using GPS-Equipped Devices Patent

Researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the USF Computer Science and Engineering Department were recently awarded U.S. Patent # 8,145,183 – On-Demand Emergency Notification System using GPS-equipped Devices – Mobile app to automatically determine the cell phone user’s current evacuation zone and real-time evacuation information for that zone. Issued March 27, 2012, U.S. Patent…

Patent Awarded: Travel Assistant Device Patent

Researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the USF Computer Science and Engineering Department were recently awarded a patent for U.S. Patent # 8,138,907 – Travel Assistant Device – Travel Assistance Device (TAD) system to assist transit riders with intellectual disabilities.  Issued March 20, 2012, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For more information on the…

CUTR Webcast Recording: Tracking Costs of Alternatively Fueled Buses in Florida

March 8, 2012 Transit agencies across Florida have been dealing with escalating fuel prices and changes in environmental regulations affecting the use of diesel engines and diesel fuel. In an effort to address rising fuel costs and environmental concerns, many agencies have introduced alternative fuel technologies to their traditional diesel-powered fleets, including biodiesel, compressed natural…

CUTR Webcast Recording: How to Develop a Transit Development Plan (TDP) and Why?

February 23, 2012 This webcast provided an overview of the various elements of producing a Transit Development Plan (TDP) with specific focus on key issues and techniques that can produce a strategic plan that has value and meaning for improving mobility. CUTR has developed extensive training courses and resources in partnership with the Florida Department…

CUTR Webcast Recording: Mapping the Structure of Work in Public Transportation

February 9, 2012 Many students, jobseekers, and entry level workers lack information on career opportunities in the transit industry. This makes recruitment, retention, and advancement more difficult. As more workers in the industry approach retirement, leaders will require new tools to attract and advance the next generation of skilled workers. In 2009, the John. J.…

CUTR Webcast Recording: The Implementation and Outcomes of Fare-Free Public Transit

December 15, 2011 The Implementation and Outcomes of Fare-Free Transit Systems webcast identifies 40 transit agencies that have decided to make their entire service fare-free (not just a portion of their service such as the Central Business District). It reports on where fare-free transit systems have been successful, and the outcomes such as ridership increases…

CUTR Webcast Recording: Volunteer Transportation – A Generosity-Based Solution to Our Mobility Challenges

December 1, 2011 This webcast provides participants an overview of the issues and decision points concerning volunteer transportation programs. Participants will learn about issues involved with local community planning for volunteer transportation, understand the relationship between volunteer transportation and public transportation services, see examples of successful volunteer transportation programs throughout the country, and recognize the…

CUTR Webcast Recording: Investigation of the Feasibility of Toll and Transit Agency Equity Sharing

November 17, 2011 To meet growing trip demand under the realities of decreasing traditional infrastructure funding sources, transportation agencies are increasingly more inclined to utilize innovative approaches to expanding roadway capacity, including High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes. While HOV and HOT implementations often include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service…

CUTR Webcast Recording: Observational Survey of Motorcyclist Behaviors

November 3, 2011 For many, there is no greater escape than the power of a motorcycle and there is no better state than Florida in which to experience it. However, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injuries and death than drivers and passengers in four wheeled vehicles. This webcast presents findings from 2011 Florida motorist/auto driver…

CUTR Webcast Recording: Carpooling Without the Car – Walking School Bus and Bicycle Train Program

October 20, 2011 The purpose of the Safe Routes to School program is to encourage walking and biking as a healthy and safe transportation mode, and to relieve concerns parents and schools may have with students walking and bicycling to school. Some key issues for why parents won’t let their children in Florida and other…