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Evaluating the Impacts of Real-Time Transit Information in Tampa and Atlanta webinar

Service reliability issues have troubled public transit agencies for decades. When a bus or train does not arrive on time, passengers become frustrated and may be less likely to choose transit for future trips. To address this, transit authorities have begun to provide real-time vehicle location/arrival information to riders via mobile and web-enabled devices. The objective of this research is to quantify the benefits of providing real-time information to riders. The results of two studies were presented at this webinar held on August 7, 2014 and the recording is now available for viewing.  … Read entire article »

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Evaluation of Automated Vehicle Technology for Transit

(Center Identification Number: 77975-00) Principal Investigator: Brian Pessaro, 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 pessaro@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-5113 DSR Contact: Sharon Pinson Sponsored Research Administrator University of South Florida Sponsored Research 3702 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 165 Tampa, FL 33612-9445 spinson@usf.edu (813) 974-0360 Project Manager: Ed Hutchinson FDOT Project Manager Office of Systems Planning Florida Department of Transportation 605 Suwannee Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399 ed.hutchinson@dot.state.fl. us (850) 414-4900 Background Statement The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is interested in exploring automated vehicle (AV) applications within the state of Florida. In November 2013, FDOT co-hosted the first automated vehicle summit in Tampa. The summit included discussion about the current state of AV technology and the key regulatory issues that will need to be addressed before … Read entire article »

Improving Veteran Mobility in Small Urban & Rural Areas

(Center Identification Number: 77060-NCTR-NDSU02) The need for veteran transportation is growing rapidly because of the increasing number of older veterans as well as the numerous injured service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, for every fatality in Iraq, there are 16 wounded or injured soldiers. This represents an injury rate five times greater than during the Vietnam War. Thirty percent of veterans live in rural areas that often present transportation challenges. Many veterans in rural areas must travel extremely long distances to receive medical care, and veterans living in rural areas are reported to be in poorer health than veterans living in urban areas. The objective of this study was to identify veterans with … Read entire article »

Reduced Fare Programs for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities: A Peer Review of Policies

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 17, Issue 2 (2014) by Gregory L. Newmark A significant but understudied activity of transit agencies is managing reduced fare programs for older adults and people with disabilities. The laws that mandate these programs afford transit agencies substantial latitude in designing implementations. Although the resultant program variation offers an excellent opportunity for agencies to learn from each other’s experiences, there has been little comparative analysis. This paper addresses this knowledge gap by providing, for the first time, a systematic consideration of reduced fare policies at the major transit agencies in the 10 most populous metropolitan regions in the United States. This work combines the findings of a structured, open-ended survey … Read entire article »

Optimizing Skip-Stop Rail Transit Stopping Strategy using a Genetic Algorithm

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 17, Issue 2 (2014) by Young-Jae Lee, Shaghayegh Shariat, & Keechoo Choi With skip-stop rail transit operation, transit agencies can reduce their operating costs and fleet size and passengers can experience reduced in-transit travel times without extra track and technological improvement. However, since skip-stop operation does not serve all stations, passengers for certain origins-destinations could experience increased access time, waiting time, total travel time, and/or transfer. Only when the stopping and skipping stations are carefully coordinated can skip-stop service benefit passengers and transit agencies. This research developed a mathematical model using a Genetic Algorithm that coordinated the stopping and skipping stations for skip-stop rail operation. Using the flexibility of a Genetic … Read entire article »