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WANTED: Talented, hardworking graduate students prospects for NCTR Graduate Research Assistants

In conjunction with the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is seeking candidates for several graduate assistant positions. Selected applicants will pursue a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering beginning in August. This 16-month program of coursework and experiential learning assignments will produce a master’s degree focused on transportation with particular emphasis on public transportation. For more information, including how to apply, download the NCTR Grad Student Booklet for 2016. … Read entire article »

Rural Intercity Bus Demand: Phase II

A previous study conducted by the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center developed an intercity mode choice model with survey data from the state of North Dakota. This model estimates the impacts of mode characteristics, including travel time, cost, service frequency, and access and egress times; trip characteristics, including distance, purpose, and size of travel party; and individual characteristics, including age, gender, and income, on choice of mode for intercity travel. Further research could be conducted with the results from this model and data collected from the statewide survey. Given the recent development of a statewide travel demand model for North Dakota, the results from the mode choice model can be incorporated into the travel demand … Read entire article »

Synthesis of Research on the Use of Idle Reduction Technologies in Transit

This synthesis reviews current research and practical knowledge covering issues related to the use of idle reduction technologies in transit vehicles, including benefits, challenges, advantages, limitations, approaches, critical success factors, and lessons learned by agencies that have implemented them in their fleets. A survey of transit agencies showed that environmental concerns and saving fuel costs were the two most important reasons for reducing idling by transit fleets, followed by reduction in engine wear and other factors. Transit agencies view the nature of fleet operations, lack of understanding of the impact of idling, the cost of idle reduction devices, and lack of employee cooperation as the biggest obstacles for implementing idle reduction. Best practices and case … Read entire article »

Capturing the Benefits of Complete Streets

Anecdotal information indicates that private investment and property value increases are associated with featured Complete Streets projects. However, to date, little research has been done to confirm these benefits. Much of the relevant literature focuses on very real and important improvements to the safety of all who use Complete Streets: pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and auto users. This work contributes to a small but growing body of literature that associates the implementation of Complete Streets projects with increased economic activity such as increased property values, tax collections, and increased business activity (such as new businesses and an increase in jobs). This work began by reviewing background information related to Complete Streets and examining how such projects … Read entire article »