National Center for Transit Research

Upcoming Webcast: Public Transit in America

Rescheduled: Date TBD Public Transit in America Understanding transit ridership and the characteristics of transit markets is a fundamental necessity for all individuals involved in planning, operating, marketing, and policy decision-making for public transit. The 2016 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data set was released in March of 2018, which affords researchers the ability to assess a range of public

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Transit Research Program Presents at Hillsborough MPO

Transit Research Program director Dennis Hinebaugh and CUTR director Dr. Robert Bertini attended the July 31 Hillsborough MPO Board Meeting. Dennis Hinebaugh presented on bus rapid transit topics and emerging technologies in transit, including electrification.

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Webcast Recording: Is It Time for a Transit Renaissance?: Navigating Travel Behavior, Technology, and Business Model Shifts in a Brave New World

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 12:00PM (ET) Is It Time for a Transit Renaissance?: Navigating Travel Behavior, Technology, and Business Model Shifts in a Brave New World Travel behavior is undergoing a period of significant change in the United States. In 2016, public transit ridership fell in almost all major U.S. metropolitan regions. While Americans are still heavily dependent on the

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Enhancing Cybersecurity in Public Transportation

Enhancing Cybersecurity in Public Transportation Principal Investigator: Sean J. Barbeau Ph.D Summary: Cybersecurity is a significant concern in all industries. Given the rapid adoption of technology in the area of automated and connected vehicles, transportation infrastructure is a particularly attractive target. The concern is so great that in 2013 the Florida Legislature requested the formation of the Florida Center for

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Understanding Ridership Trends in Transit

Understanding Ridership Trends in Transit Principal Investigator: Steven Polzin Ph.D Summary: The objective of this research Is to enhance understanding of the various factors that are impacting ridership demand trends such that the transit industry can direct its resources in the most productive fashion, and policy decision-making can be supported by a stronger foundation of knowledge on transit travel demand.

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Smartphone-based Connected Bicycle Prototype Development for Sustainable Multimodal Transportation System

Smartphone-based Connected Bicycle Prototype Development for Sustainable Multimodal Transportation System Principal Investigator: Achilleas Kourtellis Ph.D Summary: The project’s goal is to develop a proof of concept prototype connected bicycle and demonstrate that the technology works and can provide a connection between a bicycle and the road environment. The specific objectives are to:    

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Public Transit in America 2017

Public Transit in America 2017 Principal Investigator: Jodi Godfrey Summary: The objectives of this research are to afford transportation professionals, policy makers and the public the information necessary to form sound opinions and make judicious decisions regarding public transit. The benefits of exploring meaningful modal relationships with quality data in a timely manner will reinforce CUTR’s position as a premier

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Media Framing of Fatal Bicycle Crashes in Hillsborough County: a Critical Discourse Analysis

Media Framing of Fatal Bicycle Crashes in Hillsborough County: a Critical Discourse Analysis Principal Investigator: Julie Bond, MPA Summary: This research seeks to gain an understanding of the complex roles of the media in shaping perceptions of a vulnerable road user group, and will help identify effective means to change language in local media reporting for fatal crashes involving bicyclists.

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Increasing the Desirability of Transit and All Other Travel Choices via Best Workplaces for Commuters

Increasing the Desirability of Transit and All Other Travel Choices via Best Workplaces for Commuters Principal Investigator: Philip L. Winters, Julie Bond Summary: NCTR’s theme is to make public transportation and all other travel choices, safe, effective, efficient, desirable, and secure. This project focuses on increasing the desirability, effectiveness, and efficiency of employer-provided commute benefits (e.g., transit subsidies, telework, etc.)

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Improving Transportation Access to Health Care Services

Improving Transportation Access to Health Care Services Principal Investigator: Kristine Williams Summary: Millions of people across the U.S. are unable to provide their own transportation due to age, disability or income constraints. Although the size of this transportation disadvantaged (TD) population is not fully known, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that the population is large, with about 40

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Improving the Quality and Cost effectiveness of Multimodal Travel Behavior Data Collection

Improving the Quality and Cost effectiveness of Multimodal Travel Behavior Data Collection Principal Investigator: Sean J. Barbeau Ph.D Summary: The objectives of this project are to improve multimodal infrastructure planning and transit service quality by increasing the cost-effectiveness and quality of data from all modes of transportation, including transit, bike, walk, transportation network companies (TNCs), for example Uber and Lyft)),

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Florida’s Public Transit and Women’s Safety- Real and Perceived Concerns

Florida’s Public Transit and Women’s Safety- Real and Perceived Concerns Principal Investigator: Victoria Perk, Ph.D Summary: Building upon recent work for FTA regarding women’s issues in public transit, this research would aim to look into women’s safety and security concerns on Florida’s public transit systems. Research has shown that womentend to shape their travel around a fear victimization, particularly when

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