Research in Progress

Smart, Shared & Social: Innovative Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Research Demonstrations

As required by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), CUTR is serving as a third-party independent evaluator to assess overall effectiveness and provide a technical evaluation of a project that Portland State University (PSU) is conducting for FTA. The purpose of this project is to develop, test and refine an integrated emergency recovery plan working directly with organizations that are involved

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NNTA Hillsborough County TDM Funding Support

USF will utilize the funding provided hereunder as funds for the New North Transportation Alliance (NNTA), a Commuter Assistance Program that includes promotion of Best Workplaces for Commuters to New North employers, participation in Tampa BayCycle and promotion of walking and bicycling safety, support of USF’s sustainability goal to reduce its campus carbon footprint through promotion of carpooling, vanpooling, transit,

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Developing Key Messages for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Drivers, and Employers along Select High Crash Corridors in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties

People on foot or on bike make up the most vulnerable road user group. At least one pedestrian or bicyclist is killed every week in the Tampa Bay area.  In the past five years, 240 people have been killed on foot, and 73 people have been killed while riding bicycles in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties combined (FDOT, 2015).  The examination

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Beyond Sidewalks and Bike Paths: A Guide to What Influences People to Walk, Bicycle, and Access Transit

Encouraging walking and bicycling contribute to livability, environmental sustainability, and public health objectives; however, inadequate infrastructure and negative social environments for walking and bicycling exists in many communities.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013), barriers such as poorly maintained sidewalk and street infrastructure, higher rates of crime, and increased dangers from traffic may discourage some residents

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Extent of Changes in Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors Directly after a Complete Streets Project in Florida

At the 2016 Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting, the poster entitled “Extent of Changes in Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors Directly after a Complete Streets Project in Florida” was presented. The Tampa Bay area is ranked nationally as one of the least walkable metro areas in the United States, and the Fletcher Avenue corridor was identified by county and

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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 the Federal Transit Administration makes

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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 the intensity, timing and spatial

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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 County, and the University of

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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 to be less reliant on

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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 existing knowledge of the rules

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Transit Service Reliability: Analyzing Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) Data For On-Time Performance and to Identify Conditions Leading to Service Degradation

Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems are computer-based vehicle tracking systems that function by measuring the real-time position of each vehicle and relaying this information back to a central location. AVL systems are most frequently used for fleet management to identify the location of vehicles for a variety of purposes including: improved dispatch, operation efficiency, and faster response times to disruptions

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Transit Agency Adaptation to Extreme Weather Events: Cataloguing and Modeling, Costs, Decisions and Behaviors (NCTR – Climate Change Adaptation)

The project aims to develop greater detail about the decision process, costs, perceived risks and tradeoffs that transit planners and managers consider as part of addressing potentially damaging extreme weather events. The project also aims to work toward the development of decision tools and approaches that can more effectively respond to future weather related challenges that are often associated with

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