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Methodology for Linking Greenways and Trails with Public Transportation in Florida

The purpose of this research was to provide a methodology to evaluate how intermodal connections between public transportation and public trails can improve livability in Florida communities. This research explored other available methodologies for evaluating intermodal connectivity, developed three case studies of communities outside Florida to compare different approaches, and developed an alternative methodology as applied to the trails and transit systems of Pinellas County and Hillsborough County, Florida. The research team used data sets and analysis tools that are widely available. The evaluation began by selecting a transportation goal of importance to the community, as defined by a particular travel market and purpose. The home locations of the target traveler market were mapped using a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial analysis with the Environmental Protection Agency Smart Location Database … Read entire article »

Filed under: Final Report Abstracts, FY 2016 Final Reports, Publications

Synthesis of Research on the Use of Idle Reduction Technologies in Transit

This synthesis reviews current research and practical knowledge covering issues related to the use of idle reduction technologies in transit vehicles, including benefits, challenges, advantages, limitations, approaches, critical success factors, and lessons learned by agencies that have implemented them in their fleets. A survey of transit agencies showed that environmental concerns and saving fuel costs were the two most important reasons for reducing idling by transit fleets, followed by reduction in engine wear and other factors. Transit agencies view the nature of fleet operations, lack of understanding of the impact of idling, the cost of idle reduction devices, and lack of employee cooperation as the biggest obstacles for implementing idle reduction. Best practices and case studies in idle reduction are included, as is a summary of more than 100 federal, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Final Report Abstracts, FY 2015 Final Reports

Capturing the Benefits of Complete Streets

Anecdotal information indicates that private investment and property value increases are associated with featured Complete Streets projects. However, to date, little research has been done to confirm these benefits. Much of the relevant literature focuses on very real and important improvements to the safety of all who use Complete Streets: pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and auto users. This work contributes to a small but growing body of literature that associates the implementation of Complete Streets projects with increased economic activity such as increased property values, tax collections, and increased business activity (such as new businesses and an increase in jobs). This work began by reviewing background information related to Complete Streets and examining how such projects may be evaluated. A set of case studies was identified, which included locations where Complete … Read entire article »

Filed under: Final Report Abstracts, FY 2015 Final Reports, Publications

NCTR’s new Journal of Transportation Demand Management Research

The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida is pleased to announce the launch of the Journal of Transportation Demand Management Research (JTDMR), a fully peer reviewed journal that will become a companion to NCTR’s highly successful Journal of Public Transportation (JPT).   NCTR Board member Eric Schreffler will be serving as Managing Editor, with NCTR Director Joel Volinski serving as Editor-in-Chief of both journals. For this first year, we are planning to electronically publish two editions, each with about six papers.   More … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Journal of Transportation Demand Management Research, Publications

Developing a Method for Assessing National Demand-Response Transit Level of Service

Demand-response transit service is a major source of mobility for older adults and people with disabilities in urban and rural areas. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant programs under sections 5307, 5310, and 5311 all have components designed to increase the availability of paratransit or demand-response service. However, there is little information in the National Transit Database (NTD) or elsewhere about the extent of demand-response coverage across the country. Therefore, it is challenging to know the gaps in service coverage and to understand unmet needs. The primary objective of the study is to fill the gaps in the data available from the NTD database to determine the demand-response transit level of service. Also, this study aims to develop a standard method for determining the demand-response service level of coverage so that geographic … Read entire article »

Filed under: Final Report Abstracts, FY 2015 Final Reports, Publications