The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is a program of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) in partnership with Texas A&M University, University of Illinois at Chicago and Florida International University.


The National Urban Transit Institute (NUTI) was established as a program of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida in Tampa under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991. In September 1999, the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) was established as a program of CUTR at USF by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA). NCTR was competitively selected as a Tier I UTC in 2002, and in 2006. In 2011, NCTR was selected as a Tier I Transit Focused UTC, and in 2013 NCTR was selected as a Livable Communities Tier I UTC. NCTR’s activities will end on September 30, 2020.

Purpose and Goals

NCTR’s purpose is to make public transportation and all other travel choices, safe, effective, efficient, desirable, and secure. NCTR’s goals are to:

  • Minimize traffic congestion
  • Maximize mobility options
  • Promote safety and security
  • Improve the environment
  • Enhance community sustainability

These goals will be accomplished by conducting applied and advanced research, energetically disseminating the results, and expanding the workforce of transportation professionals through education and training to address the challenges and opportunities of the future.

NCTR Website

NCTR Scholar Commons Archive

Key Personnel

Dr. Robert L. Bertini, Director
National Center for Transit Research
Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ENG030
Tampa, FL 33620-5375
813-974-9797 | Fax 813-974-5168

Reena Raturi, Federal Grants Coordinator
Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ENG030
Tampa, FL 33620-5375
813-974-9761 | Fax 813-974-5168

Advisory Board

Mike Baltes Federal Transit Administration
Joe Calabrese Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Ed Coven Florida Department of Transportation
J. Darryll Dockstader Florida Department of Transportation
Tim Garling Broward County Transit
Brendon Hemily Transportation Consultant
Minnie Johnson Project for Public Spaces
Jon Martz VPSI Inc./Association for Commuter Transportation
Perry Maull Indiana University Campus Bus Service
Bill McCloud Veolia Transportation
Louis Sanders American Public Transportation Association
Eric Schreffler ESTC
Donna Vlasak Transportation Research Board
Robert L. Bertini, Ph.D., P.E., Director Center for Urban Transportation Research

Final Projects

Campus Automated Shuttle Service Deployment Initiative Lin
Florida’s Public Transit and Women’s Safety – Real and Perceived Concerns Perk
Improving the Quality and Cost Effectiveness of Multimodal Travel Behavior Data Collection Barbeau
Improving Transportation Access to Health Care Services Williams
Increasing the Desirability of Transit and All Other Travel Choices via Best Workplaces for Commuters Winters
Media Framing of Fatal Bicycle Crashes in Hillsborough County: A Critical Discourse Analysis Bond
Public Transit in America Godfrey
Smartphone-Based Connected Bicycle Prototype Development for Sustainable Multimodal Transportation System Kourtellis
Transportation Webcast Series Lewis
Enhancing Cybersecurity in Public Transportation Barbeau
Understanding Ridership Trends in Transit Polzin
Regional Transit Service Integration Sriraj UIC
Deficiencies in Public Transit Accessibility of Healthcare Facilities in Chicago Sriraj UIC
Using Microtransit Electric Low Speed Vehicles as a Means for Improving Quality of Life in Miami-Dade County Cevallos FIU