Review of MPO Long Range Transportation Plans and Regional MPO Planning Activities and Products: Final Technical Memorandum

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently 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. Toward that end, the FDOT requested research assistance from the Center for Urban Transportation Research…

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…

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…

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…

Staffing and Administrative Capacity of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

MPOs were formed and structured to accomplish the prevailing planning tasks of the late 20th century. Recent federal legislation and regulations coupled with technology improvements have increased the complexity of MPO activities, requiring increased planning capacity and resources. Identifying effective strategies for maximizing planning capacity and organizational efficiency has become a challenge for MPOs across…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…