CUTR Connections Newsletter
January 2019 – present

Successful Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) “Designing for Complete Streets” Webinar

To improve Florida’s roadway safety, mobility and efficiency, local transportation agencies play crucial roles because they design, operate, and maintain their roadways, and assist FDOT via contracts to operate and maintain State roads. The Florida LTAP Center, also known as the Florida Local Technical Assistance Program, is jointly funded by FHWA and FDOT. FDOT uses its Florida…

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Kristine Williams

CUTR’s Kristine Williams earns CTEDD award

Congratulations, Kristine Williams, AICP on earning the 2021 Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (CTEDD) Technology Transfer Champion award for her outstanding contributions in technology transfer. “Kristine is a prolific CTEDD researcher, and her team at USF consistently generates some of our most popular products,” said CTEDD Deputy Director Jay Rosenberger at the CTEDD Awards…

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USDOT published ACME’s final report on the performance evaluation of THEA

USDOT published ACME’s final report on the performance evaluation of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment. The report details the result of more than three years of data collection and analysis. The study evaluated the deployment of CV technology in six use cases to address mobility and safety issues in…

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Sonny Holtzman selected as the 2021 Florida Transportation Hall of Fame Inductee

Sonny Holtzman selected as the 2021 Florida Transportation Hall of Fame Inductee TAMPA, Fla. (Wednesday, May 26, 2021) – Sylvan (Sonny) Holtzman, a powerhouse with more than 60 years of service as a lawyer and public servant, has been selected as a Hall of Fame inductee by the Center for Urban Transportation Research. Known throughout…

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Sunshine Skyway Bridge Lights Up Green in Honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Sunshine Skyway Bridge Lights Up Green in Honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30th, 2021 For more information contact: Christina Van Allen, cvanallen@cutr.usf.edu   St. Petersburg, FL — On Sunday, May 2nd, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay will be completely lit up in “Ride Smart Florida” green , in collaboration with…

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CUTR named as a team member for $571m contract with ENSCO, Inc.

The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) is part of a team of surface transportation research organizations led by ENSCO, Inc. (ENSCO) that was recently awarded a $571 million USD contract by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to provide research, testing, engineering, and training services at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC).  The team will focus…

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Safety, Security, and Emergency Management Considerations for FTA Capital Projects (FT00551)

There are no fees to attend this course for current employees of a Florida public transit agency who meet the criteria identified in the Transit Training Policies and Procedures. June 2-3, 2021 (W-Th: 8:00am-4:30pm) LYNX, Orlando, FL Registration Information For questions regarding this training course, please contact Molly Buffington or call (813) 974-7810 For LMS questions or technical assistance, please contact Stephanie Lewis or…

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2021 FPTA/FDOT/CUTR Professional Development Workshop

The 2021 FPTA/FDOT/CUTR Professional Development Workshop will be held virtually throughout May, June, July. This unique professional development workshop is sponsored by the Florida Public Transportation Association, the Florida Department of Transportation and the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research. The 2021 FPTA/FDOT/CUTR Professional Development Workshop is celebrating 20 years with 28 virtual sessions. This statewide FPTA/FDOT/CUTR Professional Development Workshop…

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CUTR’s Healthy Buddy Program connects older adults to transportation

    Whether the barriers are access to vehicles, medical conditions, or a global pandemic, many older adults face transportation challenges. About 15% of Hillsborough County’s population belongs to the 65+ community, and their limited access to transportation options restricts medical visits, grocery shopping, and visiting family and friends. The Healthy Buddy Program (HBP) at the…

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University of South Florida Named a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly University by National League of American Bicyclists 

The University of South Florida (USF) Tampa campus has been recognized as a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly University with an award from the League of American Bicyclists, the premier grassroots advocacy organization encouraging better bicycling and protecting the right of people who bike. The award recognizes USF’s achievement in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus. USF…

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Fundamentals of Bus Collision Investigation (FT00435)

There are no fees to attend this course for current employees of a Florida public transit agency who meet the criteria identified in the Transit Training Policies and Procedures. May 3-7, 2021 (M-Th: 8:00am – 4:30pm; F: 8:00am – 12:00pm) CUTR, Tampa, FL Registration Information For questions regarding this training course, please contact Molly Buffington or call (813) 974-7810 For LMS questions…

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Free Public Webinar on the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot

Free Public Webinar on the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot Monday, January 25, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET Please register here!     The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will host a webinar to share the deployment performance results from the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Connected Vehicle Pilot and the plan…

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CUTC 2021 Award

Two NICR students receive national awards from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC)

Nominated by the National Institute for Congestion Reduction (NICR), two graduate students received national student awards from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC). Zhiwei (Nicklaus) Chen received the Charley Wootan Memorial – Masters Award for his thesis “Exploring the Equity Performance of Bike-Sharing Systems with Disaggregated Data: A Story of Southern Tampa.” This thesis…

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José Abreu, P.E., 2012

On November 1, 2012, the annual CUTR Transportation Achievement Award event recognized José Abreu, P.E., Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and former Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation. As Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Abreu directs the operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation airports in the Miami area. MIA handles more…

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“Implications of Market Penetration of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles for Florida State Transportation Revenue” now available

“Implications of Market Penetration of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles for Florida State Transportation Revenue” by Alexander Kolpakov & Austin Marie Sipiora is now available in the Athens Journal of Technology and Engineering. Read the publication: https://lnkd.in/dccjTrB

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“FTA Standards Development Program: Crashworthiness/Crash Energy Management for Transit Bus (Report 0179)” now available

CUTR’s Lisa Staes and Jodi Godfrey’s FTA report “FTA Standards Development Program: Crashworthiness/Crash Energy Management for Transit Bus (Report 0179)” was recently published and now available online. This research includes an examination of the standards, guidelines, and recommendations associated with crashworthiness and Crash Energy Management (CEM) for transit buses, including articulated buses, BRT buses, and…

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“FTA Standards Development Program: Crashworthiness/Crash Energy Management Follow-up for Less than 30 Ft Bus” recently published

CUTR’s Lisa Staes and Jodi Godfrey’s FTA report “FTA Standards Development Program: Crashworthiness/Crash Energy Management Follow-up for Less than 30 Ft Bus (Report 0141)” was recently published and now available online. FTA directed this comprehensive study that includes background research and analysis on needs and gaps for voluntary standards or recommended practices for crashworthiness and…

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CUTR awarded three projects from the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (CTEDD)

CUTR was recently awarded three grants from the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (CTEDD). Each of these projects will investigate a set of critical challenges facing transportation in America today with an emphasis on equity and safety.   Equitable Transportation Planning Curriculum for Urban Planning and Transportation Programs Investigators: Kristine Williams, AICP Tia…

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Florida LTAP Center awarded TaxWatch Productivity Award for Service

Since 1989, the TaxWatch Productivity Awards program has publicly recognized and rewarded state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses. The Florida LTAP Center was given the TaxWatch Productivity Award for Service for…

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Jodi Godfrey to present during “Women Advancing Transportation for Our Future Mobility Needs” on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Join CUTR’s Senior Research Associate Jodi Godfrey as she presents during the free Zoom webinar “Women Advancing Transportation for Our Future Mobility Needs” on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020. Representation of women in the transportation workforce is stunningly low. What would happen to our mobility with more women driving transportation policies, planning, operations, and maintenance? During TRB’s 6th…

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2020 Transportation Achievement Awards

   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Transportation Achievement Awards was focused on CUTR’s engineering and planning students. This virtual event was held online on Thursday, November 12, 2020.   CUTR presented the first CUTR Transportation Scholarship Awards to three deserving students; two students earned the Georgia Brosch Memorial Transportation Scholarship; and  ELEMENT…

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Transit Supervisor Certification Course (FT00545)

There are no fees to attend this course for current employees of a Florida public transit agency who meet the criteria identified in the Transit Training Policies and Procedures. Transit Supervisor Certification Course (FT00545) February 22-26, 2021 (M-Th: 8:00am – 4:30pm; F: 8:00am – 12:00pm) Tampa, FL For questions regarding this training course, please contact…

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TBARTA: Advanced Air Mobility, Integrating the Third Dimension into Metropolitan Transportation Systems

On Friday, December 4, 2020 12-1pm, TBARTA will host a free webinar: Advanced Air Mobility, Integrating the Third Dimension into Metropolitan Transportation Systems.  Designed for planners and other transportation professionals, this webinar will introduce advanced air mobility, update on the state of the industry, examine the benefits and challenges, and look at the policy, infrastructure,…

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NICR staff meets with Rodney Bunner, President of ServiceEdge Solutions to demonstrate TBEST analysis features

  For the past eighteen years, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has designed and developed the TBEST transit planning software to support transit service and strategic planning with data driven analysis of transit service, markets, and ridership demand.  On Friday, October 30, 2020, NICR staff met with Rodney Bunner, President of ServiceEdge Solutions to…

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Campus Safety Day at the University of South Florida

The 5th annual USF Campus Safety Day is October 22! This is a virtual event where the USF community can come together to learn important information related to their personal safety, both on and off campus. Community partners will be presenting throughout the day on topics ranging from self-defense, pedestrian safety, and hurricane preparedness. At…

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NICR Explores I-4 Corridor TSMO Research Opportunities

NICR Explores I-4 Corridor TSMO Research Opportunities For the past few years, MetroPlan Orlando has worked with metropolitan planning organizations in the I-4 corridor to promote the application of Transportation Management and Operations (TSMO) strategies. NICR Director Xiaopeng Li and Senior Program Manager Kristine Williams met with Eric Hill, Director of Transportation System Management and…

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PSTA Electric Bus Virtual Visit – Oct 14

Join Tampa Bay Clean Cities on October 14 for this unique virtual experience! CUTR, Tampa Bay Clean Cities, and PSTA invite you to join us for an interactive virtual demonstration of the agency’s BYD 35-foot battery-electric transit bus, charging depot, and the brand-new 250-kilowatt Inductive Wireless Charging System. PSTA introduced the first inductive wireless electric…

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TRB Webinar: Employee Safety Reporting in Public Transportation

TRB Webinar: Employee Safety Reporting in Public Transportation The importance of safety cannot be overstated and requires continued shifts in the approach to safety management within the public transportation industry. TRB is hosting a webinar on Monday, November 2, 2020, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern that will describe the characteristics of Employee Safety…

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CUTR’s Jason Jackman gives tips for National Walk to School Day (October 7)

  Wednesday, October 7, 2020 is National Walk to School Day! CUTR Research Associate Jason Jackman has worked with Walk to School programs and similar initiatives since 2003 while he was still a student at the University of South Florida. “I became more interested in school travel and community planning when I noticed the local…

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Florida Local Technical Assistance Program finds success in online trainings

The Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center has been housed at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) for two years under Pei-Sung Lin, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE, FITE. The mission of the Florida LTAP Center is to improve the skills and increase knowledge of the local and tribal…

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RESCHEDULED: 2020 CUTR Transportation Achievement Awards

The Center of Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida looks forward to the Transportation Achievement Awards each year. However, with the current pandemic, CUTR will not host a 2020 Transportation Achievement Awards. With safety as our top priority, we will monitor the pandemic during the upcoming year and hope to meet in-person for…

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CUTR’s Autonomous and Connected Mobility Evaluation Program moves into Phase 4 of their research

Congratulations to Program Director Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D. and his team as they move into Phase 4 of their research with the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority. To date, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), in collaboration with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), has piloted Connected Vehicle (CV) technology in Tampa, Florida. Three phases of…

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2020 CUTR Transportation Scholarship Opportunities

2020 CUTR Transportation Scholarship Opportunities The Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida is excited to offer two scholarship opportunities for transportation students this year. Educating students for careers in transportation is vital to enhancing the quality of life for our state and the nation. To assist in that education, and…

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Dr. Robert L. Bertini named as head of the Oregon State University School of Civil and Construction Engineering

Since 2016, Dr. Robert L. Bertini acted as the director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research. Under his leadership, CUTR received a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to investigate innovative solutions to traffic congestion (National Institute for Congestion Reduction). Fueling future transportation engineers and planners, CUTR awarded $20,000 in scholarships…

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USF team places second in the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition

The USF team won second place in the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition with their design entitled Modular Operation Solution to Airport Baggage Transportation. Congratulations to the winners Zhiwei (Nicklaus) Chen, Xiaowei Shi, and faculty advisor Dr. Xiaopeng Li! Learn more: https://vsgc.odu.edu/acrpdesigncompetition/2020-acrp-design-competition-winners-announced/    

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Daniel Arredondo and Tobias Coon named as CTEDD Scholarship recipients

  Two CUTR students were recently named the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (CTEDD) Scholarship recipients. Daniel Arredondo and Tobias Coon are students in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF), and they are both passionate about transportation and how it affects communities. As Daniel begins his last year…

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Online Transit Training

Meet your agency’s training objectives with Online Transit Training. These computer-based FDOT training courses are available at www.transportationlearning.org. Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving, Disability Etiquette for Transit Operators, REACT – Reasonable Suspicion Drug and Alcohol Testing Decision Refresher Training for FTA Covered Supervisors, Rule Chapter 14-90, Florida Administrative Code: A Review for You – A Course …

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Assessment of a Week-Long Campus Automated Shuttle Demonstration in Low-Speed Environments

“Assessment of a Week-Long Campus Automated Shuttle Demonstration in Low-Speed Environments” Pei-Sung Lin, Nikhil Menon, Cong Chen, Achilleas Kourtellis Most university campuses, theme parks, commercial campuses, airports, and other low-speed environments have courtesy shuttle or bus service as an important mode of transportation around campus and in nearby vicinity. The innovative automated shuttle (AS) systems…

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Tia Boyd – Risk-Based Transportation Planning for Uncertainty presentation

On May 1st, 2020, Tia Boyd, Research Associate with CUTR’s Planning and Corridor Management Program, served as a panelist at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference. The presentation, Risk-Based Transportation Planning for Uncertainty, highlights findings from a recently completed project evaluating the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) and risks to the future of transportation in Florida.…

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USF team selected as one of three regional finalists for ITS World Congress Global Challenge

The USF team was recently selected as one of three regional finalists in the ITS World Congress Global Challenge! The team of students will now digitally present their research in hopes of moving to the World Championship Competition. Brian Staes Elzbieta Bialkowska-Jelinska Rakesh Rangaswamy Xiaowei Shi The Global Challenge encourages teams of students from around…

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Webinar Recording: Improving the Quality and Cost Effectiveness of Multimodal Travel Behavior Data Collection

April 22, 2020 Improving the Quality and Cost Effectiveness of Multimodal Travel Behavior Data Collection Multimodal transportation such as transit, bike, walk, transportation network companies (TNCs) (e.g., Uber, Lyft), car share, and bike share are vital to supporting livable communities. However, current data collection techniques for multimodal travel behavior, including apps built specifically for travel…

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USF-ITE wins 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Award and Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award

  CUTR is excited to announce that USF ITE Student Chapter has won the 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the University of South Florida! Along with the organization, the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award was presented to Program Director Dr. Pei-Sung Lin for his dedication to USF-ITE students and their work. “We are incredibly lucky to…

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Ram Kancharla

Ram Kancharla Vice President of Planning and Development Port Tampa Bay Ram Kancharla is Vice President of Planning and Development for Florida’s largest port. For three decades, he has overseen Port Tampa Bay’s capital improvements, strategic planning, economic development, capital resource management, and inter-agency coordination and outreach at the state and federal level. He has…

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Lisa Bacot

Lisa Bacot Executive Director, Florida Public Transportation Association Lisa Bacot is currently the Executive Director of the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA).  She has nearly 25 years of experience working with transportation and health care issues here in Florida.  Prior to joining FPTA, she was the Director of Business Development for TMS Management Group, Inc.,…

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Joseph Waggoner

Joseph Waggoner Executive Director, Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority Joe Waggoner is the Executive Director and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) – a dynamic transportation agency that owns, manages and operates the Selmon Expressway, Meridian Avenue, Brandon Parkway, and the Selmon Greenway. THEA serves 1.8 Million customers per year and over 200,000 daily…

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Jon Martz

Jon Martz Director, Government and Public Affairs Enterprise Holdings Inc.   In his role with Enterprise Holdings, Jon provides strategic guidance and direct support in the areas of government and legislative affairs, for Enterprise’s network of transportation services. Given his 40 years of experience in working with Congress, the USDOT, state DOTs, public transit agencies…

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Thornton Williams

Thornton J. Williams Williams Law Group, P.A.   Thornton J. Williams received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 1977, and his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University in 1981.  While attending Florida State University Law School, he was the president of the Black American Law Student Association…

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Webinar Recording: Florida’s Public Transit and Women’s Safety – Real and Perceived Concerns

April 2, 2020 Florida’s Public Transit and Women’s Safety – Real and Perceived Concerns This webinar summarizes a study that examined issues of women’s safety and security on public transit. The research conducted for the study indicates that there are shortcomings in addressing gender-based harassment on public transit and, more generally, in public spaces. Transit…

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Upcoming Webinar: Campus Automated Shuttle Service Deployment Initiative

*Please note: Webinars will be pre-recorded and posted when available. Campus Automated Shuttle Service Deployment Initiative Most mid-size and large open-campus universities, theme parks, commercial campuses, airports, and other low-speed environments have courtesy shuttle or bus service as an important mode of transportation around campus and in nearby vicinities. Given the nature of short-distance trips…

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Deadline extended for abstracts – Transit Safety and Security Conference and APTA’s Mid-Year Safety and Security Seminar

Deadline extended to Monday, June 1, 2020. TRB’s National Transit Safety and Security Conference and APTA’s Mid-Year Safety and Security Seminar will be held on November 16-18, 2020 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. The event will include presentations on successful outcomes and lessons learned from safety and security policy and procedure…

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2020 USF Transportation Day

The University of South Florida (USF) closed a campus street to vehicular traffic for the second annual USF Transportation Day. The transportation celebration focused on sustainable, multi-use, and non-car commuting options in the Tampa Bay region, including bicycles, scooters, and electric vehicles. This car-free zone allowed event-goers to visit vendor booths and play games throughout…

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Webinar Recording: The Healthy Buddy Program: Addressing Immobility in Transportation-Disadvantaged Older Adults through a Community-Based Initiative

February 27, 2020 @ 12:00PM (ET) The Healthy Buddy Program: Addressing Immobility in Transportation-Disadvantaged Older Adults through a Community-Based Initiative The webinar will present the community-based Healthy Buddy Program concept and its application for improving the mobility and quality of life among transportation-disadvantaged older adults. The webinar will discuss key qualitative interview findings from the…

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CUTR Researcher Jason Jackman teaches bicycle safety to USF students

  CUTR Researcher Jason Jackman teaches bicycle safety to USF students “Sustainable Transportation teaches students there is another cadence to roadway design, speed, and transportation network mentality.” Jason Jackman has been riding his bike around Tampa for over 20 years. “Growing up around Northdale and Carrollwood, my brother and I would ride our bikes everywhere.…

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2020 Commuter Choice Certificate schedule

The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida is pleased to announce the 2020 course calendar for the Florida Commuter Choice Certificate.  (www.commuterservices.com) The first module, Situational Analysis for Establishing Goals and Objectives, is free for everyone but registration is required.  See Register Today link below.  We have ten new courses…

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Webinar Recording: Smartphone-based Connected Bicycle Prototype Development for a Safer Multimodal Transportation System

January 30, 2020, 12:00PM (ET) Smartphone-based Connected Bicycle Prototype Development for a Safer Multimodal Transportation System The webinar will present the work completed towards the development of a prototype application for connected bicycles, that allows users to be safer in the future world of increasing connectivity between road users and infrastructure. Presenter: Achilleas Kourtellis, Ph.D.,…

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Transit Research Program Director Recognized as Emeritus Member of the Bus Transit Systems Committee

Transit Research Program Director Dennis Hinebaugh was recognized as an Emeritus Member of the Bus Transit Systems Committee (AP050) at TRB 2020. Emeritus membership recognizes the significant, long-term contributions of individuals who have provided outstanding service through participation on TRB’s standing technical committees. Mr. Hinebaugh is a 28-year member of the National Academies of Sciences,…

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Integrating Equity into MPO Project Prioritization

Integrating Equity into MPO Project Prioritization Methods used to integrate equity into metropolitan planning organization (MPO) prioritization processes vary significantly in scope and potential effectiveness. This research, completed for the Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (CTEDD), was undertaken to assist MPOs in developing effective methods for integrating equity into their project prioritization process…

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Kristine Williams

Manatee County, FL Community Sustainability Partnership Program, Fall 2019

During the University of South Florida (USF) Fall 2019 semester, the Manatee County Transportation Planning office requested that the graduate students of URP 6711 Multimodal Transportation Planning determine multimodal improvements along three high priority county corridors. Two main components of the Manatee County Long Range Transportation Plan are an emphasis on advancing complete streets and…

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7th Annual Florida Automated Vehicles Summit

In late November, the Miami Dade Expressway Authority hosted the 7th Annual Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) Summit in downtown Miami in partnership with CUTR, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Central Florida Expressway Authority, and Jacksonville Transportation Authority. This year’s conference focused on automated, connected, electric, and shared (ACES) mobility. The FAV brings together national leaders to…

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CUTR Dr. Robert Bertini @ COTA Future Transportation Forum

CUTR Director Dr. Robert Bertini was honored to participate in the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) Future Transportation Forum held in conjunction with the 2nd Zhejiang International Intelligent Transportation Industry Expo: The Future Transportation Conference in Hangzhou on December 6, 2019. Along with USF colleague Prof. Yu Zhang, Dr. Bertini discussed “Perspectives on the Future…

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CUTR Director Dr. Robert L. Bertini at ITS World Congress in Singapore 2019

  CUTR Director Dr. Robert Bertini participated in the ITS World Congress in Singapore in October 2019, including moderating a session “Enabling Automated and Integrated Urban Public Transport Service,” as well as celebrating with Bob Frey of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) on their receipt of the ITS World Congress Local Government Award. Bertini…

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Kristine Williams’ Multi-modal Transportation Planning Presentations

Kristine Williams’ Multi-modal Transportation Planning class presented their ideas for improving walking, cycling, and transit use on three corridors in Manatee County to County staff on December 3, 2019. The graduate class project was performed for Manatee County as part of the USF Community Sustainability Partnership Program. A final report detailing the concepts will be…

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Elzbieta Bialkowska-Jelinska

Michael is an Undergraduate Research Assistant majoring in Industrial Engineering. He is pursuing the 5-Year Accelerated Master’s Program and is expected to graduate in Spring 2015. He began working with the Center of Urban Transportation in 2012 as a recruiter for the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study. He has also worked on several other studies like the Determination of Speed Limits on USF Tampa Campus and Pedestrian Program Evaluation and Data Collection. He is currently working on the Prevention of Incorrect Turns at Highway-rail Grade and Street Lighting Measurements on Selected Corridors in FDOT district 7.

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Kevin Dennis – 2019 NCTR Student of the Year

Congratulations Kevin Dennis!   Kevin Dennis completed a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2018 at the University of South Florida and is currently a graduate student at USF. Kevin’s research interests are in the area of cyber-physical system security, with a recent focus on the security of intelligent transportation systems.  In 2017, Kevin worked…

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Dr. Cong Chen @ ASCE Transportation & Development Institute Board Meeting

Dr. Cong Chen participated in the ASCE Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) FY20 Boarding Meeting on November 18, 2019 at the University of Arkansas. At the meeting, Dr. Chen reported the current progress on T&DI student competitions and younger member activities in the new fiscal year. The T&DI is a specialty membership organization focused on…

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Professor Felipe Loureiro from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil

CUTR was honored to welcome Professor Felipe Loureiro from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil on October 1, 2019. Professor Loureiro presented “Research Efforts on Modeling for a Better Understanding of Accessibility and Mobility Problems in LUT Planning.” We also had a vibrant discussion about possible future collaborations. Thank you, Professor Loureiro!

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3 USF transportation students receive the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

3 USF transportation students receive the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship     The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation, encouraging future transportation professionals to seek…

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Webinar Recording: Enhancing Cybersecurity in Public Transportation

November 14, 2019, 12:00PM (ET) Enhancing Cybersecurity in Public Transportation As transportation infrastructure continues to expand from isolated nodes to large interconnected networks, cybersecurity is a critical concern for transit agencies. This report provides recommendations and suggested policies for transit agencies that may help reduce cybersecurity liabilities. The recommendations are informed by a literature review…

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2019 CUTR Poster Competition Winners

  27 student posters entered this year’s poster competition. Congratulations to the 2019 Transportation Achievement Awards poster competition winners: Tied for 1st: Hualong Tang: https://pos.li/2dxkz8 Chunfu Xin: https://pos.li/2dxkza 2nd place: Rakesh Rangaswamy: https://pos.li/2dxkz9   Thank you to Dr. Cong Chen, Dr. Pei-Sung Lin, and Dr. Achilleas Kourtellis for organizing the competition!

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2019 Transportation Achievement Awards

The 2019 Transportation Achievement Awards was held Thursday, November 7, 2019, and it was the second-highest-grossing event in CUTR’s history! CUTR was thrilled to host several transportation officials including U.S.DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation Kevin J. Thibault, Florida Department of Transportation District Seven Secretary David Gwynn, and…

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9th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium

  Under Bertini Lab and Dr. Nikhil Menon, CUTR student researchers will present at the 9th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium. – Visualizing Transit Schedules and Performance: Industry Examples, NAS 120; Nov 5, 4 – 5 pm: Brian Staes to present his findings from his research analyzing transit network performance – Visualizing Freight Flows and…

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USF ITE @ Tampa Bay Supersession

  USF’s ITE Student Chapter had an excellent time participating in the 2019 Tampa Bay Transportation Supersession. With the help from community transportation leaders and colleagues from other cities, USF ITE raised over $400 for student scholarships. Tampa Bay ITE (TBITE) was integral in the students’ involvement in this event. The students could not have…

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Manatee County Complete Streets Redesign

Last week, CUTR Program Director Kristine Williams’ students presented their interim projects on conceptual complete street redesigns for Manatee County. The class created these designs through the USF Community Sustainability Partnership Program or CSPP (CSPP). The course welcomed – Nelson Galeano, Manatee County – Wade Reynolds, Hillsborough MPO – Alex Henry, FDOT – Dr. Peng…

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Webinar Recording: Florida’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan Webcast

October 15, 2019, 12:00PM (ET) Florida’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan Webcast Join the Florida Clean Cities Coalitions for a webcast on the State of Florida Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and funding opportunities. Attend this webinar to hear from the State’s designated beneficiary, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and learn more about the Mitigation Plan and…

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ITE at TBITE Meeting

    Hosted by Tampa Bay ITE on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, ITE members came together to discuss “Upcoming projects/plans for the additional funding for all the transportation surtax.” USF ITE Vice-President Rakesh Rangaswamy attended the meeting and introduced the USF-ITE chapter to the TBITE members. To view more of ITE’s events, please visit https://www.cutr.usf.edu/category/ite/  

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ITS World Congress Hall of Fame Americas Winner – CUTR’s THEA CV Pilot

“ITS World Congress has honored the THEA CV Pilot by placing it in the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame as the 2019 Americas Winner.  The Hall of Fame was created to recognize luminaries and true thought leaders in the ITS field.  This award “highlights the success of the most outstanding, ambitious and innovative ITS…

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Rama Kolla – Graduate Research Assistant

Michael is an Undergraduate Research Assistant majoring in Industrial Engineering. He is pursuing the 5-Year Accelerated Master’s Program and is expected to graduate in Spring 2015. He began working with the Center of Urban Transportation in 2012 as a recruiter for the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study. He has also worked on several other studies like the Determination of Speed Limits on USF Tampa Campus and Pedestrian Program Evaluation and Data Collection. He is currently working on the Prevention of Incorrect Turns at Highway-rail Grade and Street Lighting Measurements on Selected Corridors in FDOT district 7.

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Transitioning Tampa to a Sustainable Transportation Future

Hosted by US Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast and Sun Coast Section – APA Florida at CUTR, HART, the Hillsborough MPO, and the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition joined together on Thursday, October 3, 2019 to discuss “Transitioning Tampa to a Sustainable Transportation Future.” View more pictures

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2019 Transportation Technology Tournament

Transportation Technology Tournament The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and the U.S. DOT ITS JPO PCB program hosted the second annual competition for students to work directly with state and local DOTs to solve real-world transportation problems by utilizing ITS and TSMO solutions. This tournament focused on identifying a real-world transportation challenge and, as…

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November 12, 2019: Jason Jackman on SRTS panel

  Today is International Walk to School Day! CUTR Research Associate and Project Manager Jason Jackman has over ten years of experience in local and statewide community outreach with a specialization in pedestrian and bicycle safety for children and families. Join Jason at the 2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference on November 12th!

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Webinar Recording: Opportunities for State DOTs (and others) to Encourage Shared-Use Mobility Practices in Rural Areas

September 26, 2019, 12:00PM (ET) Opportunities for State DOTs (and others) to Encourage Shared-Use Mobility Practices in Rural Areas Shared-use mobility (SUM) practices are transportation services that are shared among users. SUM can include ‘traditional SUM’ practices such as public transit, taxis, limousines, etc., or ‘technology enabled SUM’ (will be referred to as ‘SUM’ in…

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CUTR’s Dr. Chanyoung Lee receives Outstanding Contributions & Dedication Award

  Program Director Dr. Chanyoung Lee was honored by the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) as an “Outstanding Individual Member” for his outstanding contributions and dedication in the field of motorcycle safety. Congratulations, Dr. Lee! CUTR is proud to have you as a member of our team!

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Professor Kan: Improving Fuel Efficiency Through Traffic Management: Case Study of Freeway Ramp Metering

CUTR was pleased to welcome Professor David Kan from Florida Atlantic University to campus on Friday, September 13, 2019. Dr. Ken presented an excellent seminar entitled “Improving Fuel Efficiency Through Traffic Management: Case Study of Freeway Ramp Metering,” and we enjoyed our interactions! Welcome to Florida, Professor Kan! 🌴

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Motorcycles and Horizontal Curves – A Literature Review

Motorcycles and Horizontal Curves – A Literature Review Zhenyu Wang, Changyoung Lee, Pei-Sung Lin, Rui Guo, Chunfu Xin, Rama Durga Tammayya Naidu Kolla, Runan Yang, Abhijit Vasili Accident Reconstruction Journal, Volume 29 Issue 5, September 2019   Motorcycle ownership and use is increasing nationwide, leading also to an increase in motorcycle-related crashes, injuries and fatalities.…

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“Using Social Capital Data to Account for Heterogeneity in Activity Behavior Within and Between Genders” at the 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation

  Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Maness and Trang Luong, E.I.T, a Ph.D. student in civil engineering presented their research entitled “Using Social Capital Data to Account for Heterogeneity in Activity Behavior Within and Between Genders” at the 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation. #WIiT2019

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“Attracting and Retaining Women in the Transportation Industry” at the 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation

  CUTR Research Associate Jodi Godfrey presented on her research entitled “Attracting and Retaining Women in the Transportation Industry” at the 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation. View the final report.

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Welcome, Dr. Peng Chen! 🎉

  Hi, I am Peng Chen, and I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of South Florida and affiliated faculty at CUTR. I have interdisciplinary backgrounds in urban planning, transportation engineering, human geography, and statistics. Right now, I teach Transportation and Land Use, Economic Development, and Quantitative Analysis…

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Webinar Recording: Transit and Livability: Results from the National Community Livability Survey

September 12, 2019, 12:00PM (ET) Transit and Livability: Results from the National Community Livability Survey This session will present results from a national survey that was conducted to understand factors important to livability in both urban and rural areas across the country and to study the role of transportation and public transit. While many factors…

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Webinar Recording: Shared (Smart) Mobility, MaaS and Public Transport – A new Future!

September 10, 2019, 7:00PM (ET) – Special date and time Shared (Smart) Mobility, MaaS and Public Transport – A new Future! This talk focuses on Mobility as a Service (MaaS), and what it might mean for the future role of conventional public transport. We present evidence on potential user support for MaaS subscription plans and…

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“We Are Traffic! Safety Education and Advocacy Strategies for Vulnerable Road Users” @ USF College of Public Health Activist Lab Seminar

  Research Associate Jason Jackman, MPA and Research Support Specialist Rebecca Liller, MPH presented “We Are Traffic! Safety Education and Advocacy Strategies for Vulnerable Road Users” at the USF College of Public Health Activist Lab Seminar on August 30, 2019. We are always excited to partner with our colleagues at the College of Public Health!

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Now Accepting Nominations: 2019 New Voice in Transportation Award

  The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida is pleased to partner with Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), the Central Florida Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) to present the second annual New Voice in Transportation Award. This award is…

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Webinar Recording: Observations from the 2017 NHTS

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 12:00pm (ET) Observations from the 2017 NHTS Understanding transit ridership and the characteristics of transit markets is a fundamental necessity for all individuals involved in planning, operating, marketing, and policy decision-making for public transit. The 2016 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data set was released in March of 2018, which affords…

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Webinar Recording: Transportation that Will Transform Florida

August 20, 2019, 12:00PM (ET) – Special date and time Transportation that Will Transform Florida Senator Brandes looks forward to his webcast, where he will highlight current Florida legislation regarding autonomous and shared vehicles. He will explain the need for third-party validators in this field. Additionally, he will share some of our most exciting projects…

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August 2019 – Dr. Xiaopeng (Shaw) Li’s research group receives NSF grant

Dr. Xiaopeng (Shaw) Li’s research group has received USF’s first major NSF grant for conducting research on vehicle automation technologies. This grant is to investigate traffic patterns in the near future where diverse vehicle automation technologies (e.g., modular vehicles, autonomous vehicles) are mixed with traditional human-driven vehicles. Read more about Dr. Li’s project entitled “CPS:…

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Webinar Recording: How Transit Agencies Implement Best Practice Strategies in Complementary ADA Paratransit Eligibility

August 1, 2019, 12:00PM (ET) How Transit Agencies Implement Best Practice Strategies in Complementary ADA Paratransit Eligibility This session will summarize the findings and recommendations that stemmed from a recent publication out of the Journal of Public Transportation. To encourage greater fixed route transit use for people with disabilities, transit agencies are implementing more rigorous…

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July 2019 – Evacuation Planning Strategies and Solutions

  CUTR and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai’i recently brought together Florida’s emergency managers, transportation professionals, security and safety professionals, and government administrators for a day of Evacuation Planning Strategies and Solutions.  Dedicated to providing critical all-hazards training throughout the US and its territories, with an emphasis on natural…

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