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OneBusAway Multi-Region – Rapidly Expanding Mobile Transit Apps to New Cities

Real-time transit information offers many benefits to transit riders, including reduced wait times and increased customer satisfaction. However, offering real-time transit services has been challenging for many transit agencies. While mobile apps have emerged as a preferred dissemination method for real-time information, it is typically cost-prohibitive for transit agencies to fund custom development of native mobile apps for all popular smartphone platforms. Third-party developers can offer services if an agency openly shares real-time data, but these individuals are volunteers whose priorities and deadlines may not be the same as the agency’s. As a result, few cities have full app portfolios that cover all smartphone platforms. This CUTR webcast presentation on April 17, 2014 discussed the OneBusAway multi-region project, a collaborative effort that is enabling the rapid expansion of native mobile transit apps … Read entire article »

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Evaluation of Rear-end Bus Collisions and Identification of Possible Solutions

(Center Identification Number: 77955) The purpose of this project was to conduct a systematic study of rear-end collisions between motorists and public transit buses. We examined both cases in which the vehicle rear-ended the bus (rear-ended collision) and in which the bus rear-ended the vehicle (rear-ending collision); the term rear-end collision includes both types of collision. The project had the following objectives: Determine if rear-end collisions are increasing Conduct an assessment to ascertain the prevalence of rear-end collisions Identify conditions that exist when rear-end collisions occur Identify mitigation strategies for agencies that have identified rear-end collisions as a major issue Assess impact of Yield to Bus and pull-out bays on rear-end collisions, and Identify solutions and/or strategies to reduce rear-end collisions. Download the final report. For more information, … Read entire article »

Developing Guidelines for Incorporating Managing Demand into WSDOT Planning and Programming

(Center Identification Number: 77964-00) Principal Investigator: Philip L. Winters, Director, TDM Program 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 winters@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-9811 Problem Statement WSDOT’s Moving Washington policy directs agency employees to integrate demand management, operations, and strategic capacity strategies to achieve a reliable, responsible, and sustainable transportation system that supports Washington State’s healthy economy, environment, and communities. To meet the intent of Moving Washington, WSDOT’s planning and programming efforts must evolve to evaluate the costs, benefits, and effectiveness of a more diverse set of transportation solutions, including those that require implementation by partnering jurisdictions. Only through this broader lens will WSDOT be able to identify … Read entire article »

Florida Commuter Choice Training Program

(Center Identification Number: 77965-00) Principal Investigator: Philip L. Winters, Director, TDM Program 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 winters@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-9811 Administrative Officer: Sharon Pinson Division of Sponsored Research spinson@research.usf.edu (813) 974-0360 Project Description The following outlines the scope of services for carrying out the vision, mission, goals and objectives of the Florida Commuter Choice Training program over the period of this contract. Vision:  Create the nation’s premier training program in transportation demand management (TDM). Mission: Improve the performance of commuter assistance programs through the provision of comprehensive and effective technical training to advance their delivery of practical, proven solutions to current and future transportation needs through choice of travel mode, time, … Read entire article »

Florida Statewide Transportation Demand Management Clearinghouse

(Center Identification Number: 77963-00) Principal Investigator: Philip L. Winters, Director, TDM Program 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 winters@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-9811 Co-Principal Investigator: Julie Bond, 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 Administrative Officer: 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 Description The Florida Statewide Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Clearinghouse provides technical assistance in support of Florida’s commuter assistance program to achieve Florida’s 2060 vision and goals as identified in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) … Read entire article »