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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 the acquisition of alternative fuel transit vehicles. Some Florida agencies are receiving funding through the … Read entire article »

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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 »

Journal of Public Transportation on USF ScholarCommons

The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is pleased to announce the availability of our Journal of Public Transportation on the University of South Florida’s Scholar Commons website at http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jpt/. The Journal of Public Transportation is now part of Scholar Commons, a service of the University of South Florida Tampa Library, that is a virtual showcase for USF’s research and creative energies. We hope you will find our new site to be easier to use from finding archived articles to signing up for email notices to to submitting article. … Read entire article »

Methodology for Linking Greenways and Trails with Public Transportation in Florida

(Center Identification Number: 77967-00) Principal Investigator: Sara Hendricks, Senior Research Associate 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 bond@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-9977 Co-Principal Investigators: Martin Catala, GIS Program Director 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 bond@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-9977 DSR Contact: Sharon Pinson, Sponsored Research Administrator Office of Research and Innovation University of South Florida 3702 Spectrum Blvd, Suite 165 Tampa, Florida  33612-9445 spinson@research.usf.edu (813) 974-0360 Project Manager: Gabrielle Matthews, Transit Planner Transit Office 605 Suwannee Street, MS 26 Tallahassee, FL 32399 gabrielle.matthews@dot.state.fl.us (850) 414-4532 Background Statement One of the goals of the Florida Transportation Plan 2060 is to make transportation decisions to support and enhance livable communities. Qualities of livable … Read entire article »