CUTR Webcast Recording: Potential Impacts of Federal Health Care Reform on Public Transit

On October 17, 2013, Antonio Santalucia, project manager with ICF International and Bethany Whitaker, principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates Inc., shared the results of research designed to assess the potential impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on public transit agencies and services. This research, which was sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, was conducted in the year following the law’s

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CUTR Webcast Recording: National Transit Livability Performance Measures – Challenges and Opportunities

On October 3, 2013, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida hosted the National Transit Livability Performance Measures – Challenges and Opportunities webinar.  Martin Catala, Director of the Transportation Geo-Spatial and Informatics group at CUTR spoke about the opportunities and challenges encountered in the development of a National Transit Livability Index.  His focus was

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CUTR Webcast Recording: What We Do and Don’t Know About Vehicle Miles of Travel Trends

On September 19, 2013, CUTR hosted a webcast, What We Do and Don’t Know About Vehicle Miles of Travel Trends.  Steve Polzin, PhD, P.E., Director, Mobility Policy Program at CUTR discussed what is and isn’t known about current trends in vehicle miles of travel. He focused on the trends, the causes, the data we have available to understand them, and possible

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CUTR Webcast Recording: A Tool for Assessing the Economic Impacts of Spending on Public Transit

September 5, 2013, 12:00 Noon (EDT) A Tool for Assessing the Economic Impacts of Spending on Public Transit In this project, an Excel-based template tool was developed for transit agencies, local governments, and other stakeholders of public transit to estimate the economic impacts of spending on public transit. Features include the following: • Uses input-output multipliers from the Regional Input-Output

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CUTR Webcast Recording: A Qualitative Analysis of Bus Simulator Training on Transit Incidents

August 22, 2013, 12:00 Noon (EDT) A Qualitative Analysis of Bus Simulator Training on Transit Incidents The purpose of this research was to track and observe three Florida public transit agencies as they incorporated and integrated computer-based transit bus simulators into their existing bus operator training programs. In addition to the three Florida case study agencies, four transit agencies outside

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

July 25, 2013, 12:00 Noon (EDT) Transit agencies across Florida have been dealing with volatile 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 and fuels to their traditional diesel-powered fleets, including biodiesel, compressed natural

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Bicycle Sharing Program Development

June 27, 2013, 12:00 Noon (EDT) Communities around the country are interested in investing in bike share programs to meet a number of transportation and development objectives.  While all systems provide a fleet of bicycles for short term use in a defined geographic area, each is comprised of a unique combination of system goals, business models, technologies, and operational arrangements. 

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Airport Cooperative Research Program

June 13, 2013, 12:00 Noon (EDT) The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agencies and are not being adequately addressed by existing federal research programs. The ACRP undertakes research and other technical activities in a variety of airport subject areas including design, construction, maintenance, operations, safety, security, policy, planning,

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Developing an Application to Measure Public Involvement

May 30, 2013, 12:00 Noon (EDT) Although public involvement is now an integral part of project development, few agencies across the country have attempted to systematically evaluate the effectiveness of their public involvement activities. What attempts have been made tended to focus on outputs (e.g. number of participants at meetings) rather than outcomes (e.g. participant satisfaction with the process). In

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Open Transit Data – A Developer’s Perspective

May 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm Eastern time. This webcast discussed open data sources for public transportation from an application developer’s perspective.  Lost in the alphabet soup of data specifications?  Attendees learned about the formats that are important to app developers, including the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS), GTFS-real-time, and the Service Interface for Real-time Information (SIRI).  Attendees learned how

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Web-based Trip Planner Options for Transit Agencies

April 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm Eastern time. This webcast presented the various options for web-based transit trip planning tools.  CUTR recently completed a technical assistance project for a start-up local service provider that aimed at developing ridership markets via an online trip planner. Options discussed included self-hosted vendor products, third party ‘lifestyle’ applications powered via open GTFS data, and

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Development of Pinellas County Roadway Jurisdiction Policy

January 24,2013 at 12:00pm Eastern time. Pinellas County encompasses twenty four municipalities in its boundary with some cities actively annexing property and road right of way. Over the years, annexations, as well as numerous road transfers, have caused confusion regarding the jurisdiction of transportation facilities, created numerous enclaves and contributed to the uncertainty regarding the responsibility for the operation and

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