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Identifying and Satisfying the Mobility Needs of North Dakota’s Transit System

This study identifies the needs of transit agencies in North Dakota, gaps in transit service, and additional services and funding needed to meet current demand as well as projected future demand. Objectives are to construct a demographic profile of the state of North Dakota, develop a mobility needs index, describe existing levels of transit service across the state, identify base levels of required transit service and gaps in existing service, develop recommendations for meeting mobility needs, determine the level of funding needed to maintain the current level of service, and determine the level of funding needed to expand the existing level of service. North Dakota transit providers and human service agencies were surveyed to gather information about existing transit services, how well those services are meeting the needs of the … Read entire article »

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Guidelines for Bus Transit Stops in Highway Construction Work Zones

Fixed route transit systems provide a valuable transportation service for many of our citizens. As users depend on bus transit to access to the essentials of life, maintaining transit service is a critical issue. Given the extent of nationwide bus transit systems and a high level of highway construction activities, it is common to find highway construction work areas encompassing and impacting established bus stop locations. However, there is little information available concerning best practices for safely managing the bus stop and transit riders while construction is underway. The objective of this study is to develop guidelines/recommendations for managing transit stops during adjacent highway construction operations, with a focus on safety and the customers. This … Read entire article »

On-going Evaluation of Alternatively Fueled Buses

(Center Identification Number: 77980-00) Principal Investigator: Stephen Reich National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT 100 Tampa, Florida  33620-5375 reich@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-6435 DSR Contact: Laura Beagles, Division of Sponsored Research Office of Research and Innovation University of South Florida 3702 Spectrum Blvd, Suite 165 Tampa, Florida  33612-9445 lbeagles@usf.edu (813) 974-5354 Project Manager: Robert E. Westbrook Transit Operations Administrator Florida Department of Transportation 605 Suwannee Street, MS 26 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450 robert.westbrook@dot.state.fl.us 850-414-4533 Background Statement Florida transit agencies and funding entities continue to be under pressure to reduce operating costs and to run a more sustainable and environmentally friendly fleet in the urban environment. Funding made available through the federal economic stimulus effort known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has aided growth in … Read entire article »

NCTR Researchers Awarded Patent

On June 2, 2015, the United States Patent Office awarded Patent No. 9,047,384, System and Method for Automatically Determining Purpose Information for Travel Behavior to a team of researchers from the National Center for Transit Research (www.nctr.usf.edu) and College of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida. The patent is for an automated trip-purpose detection method that utilizes GPS Data collected by GPS-enabled devices. The GPS data is compared against a GIS map to obtain various spatial and location characteristics of the surrounding area. This information is then used to derive a traveler’s trip purpose. In a preferred embodiment, the inventive method is implemented automatically without any needed manipulation of GIS data. … Read entire article »

Impact of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Elements on Managed Lanes Toll Prices

(Center Identification Number: 77960-00) This research involved a simulation comparing three days of actual traffic data for the I-95 Express Lanes and General Purpose Lanes in Miami, Florida to a hypothetical scenario where all transportation demand management (TDM) activities and toll exemptions were eliminated. The purpose of the research was to quantify the extent to which carpooling, vanpooling, and transit usage contribute to better traffic flow in the I-95 corridor. The express lane analysis revealed a slight degradation in level of service (LOS) and a moderate increase in tolls in the southbound direction (+$0.41). It revealed a slight improvement in LOS and a slight decrease in tolls in the northbound direction (-$0.19). A phenomenon that occurred … Read entire article »