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USF Sustainable Cities Initiative Program Support

The Office of Community Engagement and faculty in various colleges across the University of South Florida are interested in establishing a Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) program at USF. SCI brings together faculty, students, and practitioners from multiple disciplines to engage in timely issues of importance to communities. It does this by reaching out to communities interested in engaging students and faculty in addressing specific locally desired projects. The program then matches a multidisciplinary set of courses to a community-identified set of projects over an academic year. The process relies on existing classes, existing instructors, and existing curricula through an opt-in, faculty-driven model. This in turn helps advance sustainability considerations across the curriculum, and can eventually include professional training and certification programs, as well. SCI-type programs are as diverse as the curriculum of … Read entire article »


Evaluation of HART MetroRapid BRT

This report is a limited scope evaluation of the MetroRapid’s first two years of operation. The MetroRapid represents Hillsborough Area Regional Transit’s first foray into bus rapid transit. Built at a total cost of $34.75 million, or $1.98 million per mile, it is at the low end of the cost spectrum for BRT projects. MetroRapid includes several key BRT features such as branding of the stations and buses, increased station spacing, ticket vending machines at 12 of the 59 stations, and transit signal priority (TSP). The MetroRapid averaged 48,666 riders per month in its first two years. Total annual ridership grew 3 percent between the first and second year, which was the same growth rate as … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 (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 (813) 974-5354 Project Manager: Robert E. Westbrook Transit Operations Administrator Florida Department of Transportation 605 Suwannee Street, MS 26 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450 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 »