ITS, Traffic Operations & Safety

CUTR’s Traffic Operations & Safety Program actively pursues innovative projects and collaborations to develop and apply new concepts and technologies to solve real-world transportation problems. Researchers specialize in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), traffic operations, vulnerable road user safety, naturalistic behavior studies and many more areas.

Mobility Policy

CUTR’s Mobility Policy research Program conducts a variety of policy focused research initiatives targeted at blending knowledge of the technical, economic, political, and social aspects of transportation with appropriate theory, data sources, and research methods to gain a richer understanding of transportation and provide policy guidance for addressing transportation problems.

Motorcycle Injury Prevention Institute

MIPI conducts research and educational outreach to prevent motor-vehicle injuries and deaths focused on motorcycles. The interdisciplinary MIPI team consists of both engineers and public health professionals with significant knowledge of and experience with motorcycle safety promotion techniques including theory-based motorcyclist behavior change.

National Bus Rapid Transit Institute

The Mission of the National BRT Institute (NBRTI) is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and innovation for increasing speed, efficiency, and reliability of high-capacity bus service through the implementation of BRT systems in the United States.  The NBRTI Program is divided into three core program areas of Research, Clearinghouse, Technical Assistance/Support.

National Center for Transit Research

The National Center for Transit Research was created at CUTR as a result of Congressional designations of University Transportation Centers (UTCs) in 1991. NCTR has successfully competed with more than 100 universities around the country to retain status as a UTC. The objectives of UTCs are to advance the nation’s transportation system through research, education, and technology transfer.

Planning and Corridor Management

For more than 20 years, CUTR’s Planning & corridor Management Program has delivered high-quality applied research, policy development, and technology transfer services for public, nonprofit, and private sector clients on a range of contemporary planning topics. Knowledgeable program faculty bring together public and private sector experience to address client needs. Program focus areas include metropolitan transportation planning, multi-modal planning, access management, and public involvement.

Transit Management and Innovation

CUTR’s Transit Management & Innovation Program (TMI) blends research activities with practical industry applications by providing technical support, system operational analysis, and transit management services to transportation agencies, local governments, and private sector interests. TMI coordinates the Florida Transit Planning Network and the Florida Transit Marketing Network in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation.

Transit Safety and Workforce Development

The Transit Safety & Workforce Development Program performs transit safety-related research initiatives for USDOT/FTA, FDOT, and TRB.  Safety-related training curriculum, tools, and other resources have been developed through the program.  In addition, the program provides professional development opportunities, including state sponsored certificate programs, to Florida’s public transportation professionals.

Transportation Demand Management

Traffic congestion, air pollution, and poor mobility are some of the many issues associated with highway system expansion.  Through research, workforce development, and technical assistance, the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program addresses these issues through strategies that influence travel behavior by mode, time, frequency, trip length, route, or cost.

Transportation Program Evaluation & Economic Analysis

CUTR’s TPEEA research team blends decades of executive transportation management experience with state-of-the-art economic and quantitative analysis capabilities. Researchers provide data analysis and synthesis, assess capital needs, develop situational guidance, conduct policy analysis and develop prioritization methodologies, and determine investment impacts. Areas of expertise include aviation infrastructure financing, evaluation of alternative fuel technologies and examining the linkages between transportation infrastructure investment, economic development, and residential location patterns.