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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 »

Filed under: Project Scopes, Publications

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 the rest of HART’s fixed route system. Most passengers board and alight between Marion Transit … Read entire article »

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

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 information about existing transit services, how well those services are meeting the needs of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: FY 2015 Final Reports

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 guidance will serve as a planning tool and as a design and construction guide for … Read entire article »

Filed under: FY 2015 Final Reports

Impact of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Elements on Managed Lanes Toll Prices

(Center Identification Number: 77960-00) This research involved a simulation comparing three days of actual traffic data for the I-95 Express Lanes and General Purpose Lanes in Miami, Florida to a hypothetical scenario where all transportation demand management (TDM) activities and toll exemptions were eliminated. The purpose of the research was to quantify the extent to which carpooling, vanpooling, and transit usage contribute to better traffic flow in the I-95 corridor. The express lane analysis revealed a slight degradation in level of service (LOS) and a moderate increase in tolls in the southbound direction (+$0.41). It revealed a slight improvement in LOS and a slight decrease in tolls in the northbound direction (-$0.19). A phenomenon that occurred was that a large number of inherently low emission vehicles (ILEVs), which are toll exempt, … Read entire article »

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