Programs That Match Seniors With Volunteer Drivers

 This research project had three objectives: to identify and explore the challenges of developing and operating a volunteer senior mobility driving service; to propose solutions to establish successful programs; and, to provide guidance on best practices that could be used by a variety of audiences, including transit agencies, paratransit agencies, non-profit programs, social service agencies, volunteer driving programs and policy

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A Snapshot of Florida MPOs

A Snapshot of Florida MPOs The Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council requested assistance from the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) in researching and developing factsheets on the organizational and staffing structures of all MPOs in the State of Florida.  Produced in April 2011.

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Review of MPO Long Range Transportation Plans and Regional MPO Planning Activities and Products (2010)

Review of MPO Long Range Transportation Plans and Regional MPO Planning Activities and Products (2010)  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is  updating the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP). Federal planning codes and regulations (23 USC 135(b) and (23 CFR 450.208(a)(1) and 450.214(f)) provide that statewide planning be coordinated with metropolitan planning in the state. The FDOT requested research assistance from the

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Observational Survey of Motorcyclists Final Report

Observational Survey of Motorcyclists Final Report   The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) conducted a Florida motorcycle observational survey and trend analysis in 2010 for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). After the universal helmet law repeal in Florida (effective July 1st, 2000) motorcycle registrations in Florida have doubled and both motorcycle crashes

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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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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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