Understanding Ridership Trends in Transit

Florida has seen dramatic ridership declines in the past four years. These declines are over two times more severe than those for the nation and have continued thru 2018. The declines are pervasive with the most severe declines in southeastern Florida locations, which are the most conducive to transit. The changes in ridership on public…

Improving Access to Transit Through Crowdsourced Information

The purpose of this research was to facilitate the ongoing collection of information from the public about potential areas of multimodal service and infrastructure improvements and easily share these problems with transit agencies, departments of transportation, and city and county governments. The research team implemented open-source software that leveraged the Open311 issue-reporting standard to capture…

CUTR Webcast Recording: Potential Impacts of Federal Health Care Reform on Public Transit

On October 17, 2013, Antonio Santalucia, project manager with ICF International and Bethany Whitaker, principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates Inc., shared the results of research designed to assess the potential impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on public transit agencies and services. This research, which was sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, was conducted in…

CUTR Webcast Recording: National Transit Livability Performance Measures – Challenges and Opportunities

On October 3, 2013, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida hosted the National Transit Livability Performance Measures – Challenges and Opportunities webinar.  Martin Catala, Director of the Transportation Geo-Spatial and Informatics group at CUTR spoke about the opportunities and challenges encountered in the development of a National Transit…

CUTR Webcast Recording: Transit Improvements from the Urban Partnership Agreement Program – What Have We Seen So Far?

June 2, 2011 The Urban Partnership Agreement and the Congestion Reduction Demonstration are two congestion relief programs sponsored by USDOT. They awarded $1.3 billion in discretionary funds to six cities that submitted aggressive congestion relief strategies. These strategies had to include what USDOT referred to as the 4T’s: Tolling, Transit, Telecommuting, and Technology. The six…

CUTR Webcast Recording: Evaluation of Camera-Based Systems to Reduce Transit Bus Side Collisions

May 19, 2011 The findings from the NCTR project entitled Evaluation of Camera-Based Systems to Reduce Transit Bus Side Collisions are presented. Current transit bus mirrors have driver field-of-view limitations. These blind zones are the major contributing factor in sideswipe and side crashes involving transit buses. This NCTR project evaluated the effectiveness of camera-based systems…