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Project UCARE: Uniform Commuter Assistance Reporting and Evaluation for TDM Programs

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) places emphasis upon results and better management of programs for effective and efficient service delivery. With an increased focus on measuring performance, the transportation demand management (TDM) industry lags other areas of transportation. Without consistent methods of evaluating performance and calculating those benefits, the TDM community is at a distinct disadvantage when transportation investments are being considered at the local, state, and federal levels. This project sought to develop an accurate and sustainable online system to record data and use a consistent and defensible method for calculating the impacts of TDM programs. A literature review and a survey of TDM professionals were used to identify the key outputs and outcomes used today by commuter assistance programs. The data collection tool was pilot tested. The data from the survey … Read entire article »

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USF awarded $2.8 million as U.S. DOT center focused on livable communities

The University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) ( has been awarded a two year, $2.8 million federal grant to continue work done through its National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) ( USF is one of only 35 universities to be selected to receive a University Transportation Center grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2013. The grant allows for the continuation of a program that started at USF in 1991, but requires recipients to be selected through a national competition from over 100 universities throughout the United States. USF has prevailed in all four competitions conducted for Tier I University Transportation Center grants since 2002, and is one of only three universities in the country to have done so. … Read entire article »

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NCTR Director Featured as Guest Blogger for METRO Magazine

As a guest blogger for METRO Magazine, NCTR Director Joel Volinski discusses transit’s expanding list of partners. Read the blog post. … Read entire article »

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FLOW – Volume 6, Issue 1

The May 2013 Volume 6, Issue 1 of FLOW, the official NCTR newsletter, is now available. Featured articles include: GIS in Transit Conference Evaluation of Side Camera Systems to Reduce Bus Side Collisions NCTR Project List NCTR-Hosted Public Transportation Listservs … Read entire article »

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2013 GIS in Transit Conference

Mark your calendar for the GIS in Transit Conference, October 16-17, 2013, at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss this unique conference which offers GIS transit professionals an excellent opportunity to learn from industry experts, attend professional development sessions, learn about research updates and new technologies, and network with their peers. Those who should attend are transit planners, managers, researchers and GIS industry experts who are interested in sharing ways to use geographic and spatial analysis in transit planning, operations, and marketing to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Conference session topics may include, but are not limited to: Asset Management; Transportation Spatial Database Design; Analysis of Fare Data; Marketing and Customer Network Modeling; Google Transit—GTFS Data Standards with Open Innovation; Data and Systems Management; Software Route & Trip Planning; ITS/AVL/CAD; Transit Map Making; … Read entire article »

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