Research Reports

A Before and After Study of Implementing Flashing Yellow Arrow for Permissive Left Turns in Pinellas County, Florida

A Before and After Study of Implementing Flashing Yellow Arrow for Permissive Left Turns in Pinellas County, Florida  – With the interim approval of the Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) for Protected and Permissive Left Turns (PPLT) by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Pinellas County plans to implement a FYA at various locations in

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Staffing and Administrative Capacity of MPOs

Staffing and Administrative Capacity of MPOs  – This research report documents how MPOs have structured their organizations and allocated staff resources. MPO organizational structure includes administrative information like governance, host agency relationships, budgeting, and work planning. The report also addresses staffing arrangements,technical skills, use of consultant labor, and employee retention. Effective and unique practices are documented through case studies interspersed

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Innovative Approaches for Increasing Transportation Options for People with Disabilities in Florida

Innovative Approaches for Increasing Transportation Options for People with Disabilities in Florida  The primary purpose of this transportation feasibility study is to analyze needed systemic reform that may stimulate provider competition, customer service, better accessibility, and safety while allowing improved consumer directed choice in regards to public transportation systems and services. Innovative Approaches for Increasing Transportation Options for People with

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Monitoring the Implementation of Cleaner Fuels

Monitoring the Implementation of Cleaner Fuels –The main objective of this research effort is to develop an analysis tool to assist public transit agencies with evaluating cleaner fuel options for heavy-duty bus fleets and making effective vehicle acquisition choices. The intended product of this effort is a user-friendly, easily-modifiable Visual Basic computer application designed to work with the Microsoft Excel

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Impact of Communication/Detection Degradation on Advanced Traffic Management Systems Operations Final Report & Executive Summary

Impact of Communication/Detection Degradation on Advanced Traffic Management Systems Operations Final Report  The objective of this project is to understand and simulate the impact of communication and detection failure propagation through a typical ATMS architecture. This can lead to the development of more effective maintenance planning that targets cost-effective resources to critical portions of FDOT and local transportation agencies’ advanced

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The Better Driver Campaign

The Better Driver Campaign was conducted to address aggressive driving in Florida. “Aggressive Driving Gets You Nowhere Fast” was selected as the slogan for the campaign and three key messages – “Share the Road,” “Maintain a Safe Distance,” and “Watch Your Speed” -were adopted to promote the campaign. Six billboards that showed the campaign message were placed on a selected

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Florida Mobility Fee Study

Evaluation of the Mobility Fee Concept Florida Mobility Fee Study – Phase 1 Florida Mobility Fee Study – Final Report

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Evaluation of the Power Line Motor Carrier Rearview Video System.

Evaluation of the Power Line Motor Carrier Rearview Video System.  This study deployed a total of 100 Rearview Video Systems (RVS) in three different companies to evaluate the effectiveness of rearview video systems in reducing backing crashes and obtain the feedback from truck drivers participating in the study. Most drivers involved in the study showed a positive attitude towards the

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Comparing Street Lighting Levels with Nighttime Crash Histories

Comparing Street Lighting Levels with Nighttime Crash Histories  – Limited visibility is commonly blamed as one of the major contributing factors for nighttime crashes. Previous studies showed that appropriate and adequate lighting conditions can result in minimizing potential crashes that occur at night by enhancing the visibility of roadways users,including pedestrians.  

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Signal Technology Applications to Address Traffic Congestion on US 301 in Starke, Florida

Signal Technology Applications to Address Traffic Congestion on US 301 in Starke, Florida  –  The segment of highway US 301 is a four-lane primary highway that connects the city of Jacksonville, Florida, to the region near the city of Gainesville, Florida. It passes through the city of Starke, Florida, which is located approximately midway between Jacksonville and Gainesville on US 301.

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2008 Review of Florida’s MPO Long Range Transportation Plans

2008 Review of Florida’s MPO Long Range Transportation Plans-In 1997, the MPOAC asked the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida to conduct a comparative review of all LRTPs in the state. The project aimed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues being assessed and documented in plans, as well as to uncover examples

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Guidelines and Performance Measures to Incorporate Transit and Other Multimodal Considerations into the FDOT DRI Review Process – September 2008

  Guidelines and Performance Measures to Incorporate Transit and Other Multimodal Considerations into the FDOT DRI Review Process supplements the instructions for performing DRI reviews in the “Site Impact Handbook” with specific guidance on incorporating transit and other multimodal strategies in the DRI review process directed toFDOT staff and consultants. In some cases, this guidance may be applicable to other types

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