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 will be presenting. We hope

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Sustainability Metrics and Mapping Tool for Environmental Assessment of Rail Infrastructure in Illinois

December 11, 2014 12:00PM (ET) Sustainability Metrics and Mapping Tool for Environmental Assessment of Rail Infrastructure in Illinois Launched in 2009, the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program aims to provide 80% of Americans access to an improved national rail network within the next 25 years. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), all proposed rail projects are subject to an

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Collaboration between Universities and Cities to Create Sustainable Communities

October 2, 2014 12:00PM (EST) Collaboration between Universities and Cities to Create Sustainable Communities Transportation agencies are grappling with new and unfamiliar issues within their domain, from addressing big problems like climate change to focusing on accessibility, where land use, urban design, and active transportation modes are more important. These challenges come at a time when the resources necessary to

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Value Capture Coordination Best Practices and Case Studies for Transit Capital Projects

July 24, 2014 12:00PM (EST) Value Capture Coordination Best Practices and Case Studies for Transit Capital Projects For the past several years, the presence of public transit has proven to have the potential to boost the value of some nearby properties, leading to more attractive opportunities for developers.  Planners and policy makers have started to work with local governments to

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Veteran Mobility in Small Urban and Rural Areas

July 10, 2014 12:00PM (ET) Veteran Mobility in Small Urban and Rural Areas The need for veteran transportation is growing rapidly because of the increasing number of older veterans as well as the numerous injured service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, for every fatality in Iraq, there are 16 wounded or injured soldiers. This represents an

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Pedestrian/Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossings

June 12, 2014 12:00PM (ET) Pedestrian/Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossings Federal reporting shows a relatively constant number of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities at highway-rail and pathway-rail grade crossings over the past ten years. This is in contrast to a marked decrease in train–vehicle collisions at highway-rail crossings. There is limited research on the subject of

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Evaluation of Rear-end Collisions and Identification of Possible Solutions

May 29, 2014 12:00PM (ET) Evaluation of Rear-end Collisions and Identification of Possible Solutions This session presented the findings from a study conducted to examine rear-end collisions between motorists and public transit buses. This study was initiated because some transit agencies were reporting alarming increases to rear end collisions. The study was designed to fulfill the following objectives: determine if rear-end collisions

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CUTR Webcast Recording: University Campuses as Leaders in the Shift Away from Driving

On May 15, 2014, the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida (and home for Best Workplaces for Commuters) hosted a webinar entitled, University Campuses as Leaders in the Shift Away from Driving, featuring Phineas Baxandall, Senior Analyst for Tax & Budget Policy, U.S. PIRG.  The recording of this webinar is now available for viewing. Summary:

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CUTR Webcast Recording: The Impact of Implementing a Contactless Smart Card System on Miami Dade Transit and its Customers

May 1, 2014 12:00PM (EST) The Impact of Implementing a Contactless Smart Card System on Miami Dade Transit and its Customers In 2009, Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) deployed an Automated Fare Collection System or “smart card” branded EASY Card. EASY Card offers the choice of various period passes, a stored value electronic purse, and the ability to access service by tapping

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Technology Application Among Florida Community Transportation Coordinators

The objective of this project is to gather and disseminate best practices in the application of technology in the paratransit field. The report will provide a comprehensive assessment on how representative agencies deliver successful services provided to ADA and non-ADA riders on demand-responsive mode of transportation. This study will inform the industry on the state of the practice and initiate

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Rural and Small Urban Transit

March 20, 2014 12:00PM (EST) Cost-Benefit Analysis of Rural and Small Urban Transit This research focuses on the benefits of public transit systems in small-urban and rural areas in the United States. First, a thorough review of previous cost-benefit literature is presented. Then, a framework is developed which focuses on three main areas of transit benefits most relevant to rural

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Maintaining Transit Effectiveness Under Tight Fiscal Constraints

November 14, 2013, 12:00 Noon (EST) TCRP Report: Maintaining Transit Effectiveness Under Tight Fiscal Constraints Joel Volinski presented the findings from research he has completed for a TCRP report entitled “Maintaining Transit Effectiveness Under Major Fiscal Constraints.”  This presentation will share how transit agencies have performed extremely well and increased ridership in spite of the national recession that resulted in most transit

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