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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 was that a large number of inherently low emission vehicles (ILEVs), which are toll exempt, … Read entire article »

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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 »

Improving Access to Transit through Crowdsourced Information

(Center Identification Number: 77969-00) Principal Investigator: Sean J. Barbeau, Ph.D., Principal Mobile Software Architect for R&D 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 barbeau@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-7208 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: Elba Lopez, FDOT Project Manager Regional Transit/Intermodal Systems Planning FDOT Dist. 7 – Intermodal Systems Development (ISD) 11201 N. McKinley Drive, MS-7-500 Tampa, FL 33612-6403 elba.lopez@dot.state.fl.us (813) 975-6403 Purpose and Benefit of Research The purpose of this research is to facilitate the ongoing collection of information about potential areas of multimodal service and infrastructure improvements from the public that can be easily shared with transit agencies, departments … Read entire article »

Capturing the Benefits of Complete Streets

(Center Identification Number: 77968-00) Principal Investigator: Victoria Perk, 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 perk@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-7327 DSR Contact: Sharon Pinson, Division of Sponsored Research 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: Larry Hymowitz, MobilityCoordinator FDOT Project Manager Office of Modal Development Florida Department of Transportation, District 4 3400 West Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 larry.hymowitz@dot.state.fl.us (954) 777-4663 Purpose and Benefit of Research Anecdotal information indicates that private investment and property value increases are associated with featured Complete Streets projects; however, the studies do not compare them to the economic benefits or return on investment of non-Complete Streets projects. Therefore, this research will investigate … Read entire article »