CUTR’s Research Programs
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.
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.
CUTR’s MIPI conducts research and educational outreach to prevent motor-vehicle injuries and fatalities 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.
CUTR’s transit research program includes the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute that aims 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CUTR’s ACME specializes in performing economic analysis and performance evaluation of autonomous and connected transportation solutions. This program leverages academic and technical resources of the College of Engineering and the Center for Urban Transportation Research. Researchers specialize in advanced econometric methods, traffic engineering and safety, data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence applications to produce quick response solutions to better inform practitioners and policy maker in selecting and prioritizing cost-feasible alternatives.
CUTR Director Dr. Robert Bertini leads a team of faculty and students that focuses on sustainable transportation solutions, traffic flow theory informed by empirical and experimental measurements, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), multimodal transportation “big data” for improving performance measurement, planning and operations, and proactive traffic management and operations.