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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 »

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On-going Evaluation of Alternatively Fueled Buses

(Center Identification Number: 77980-00) Principal Investigator: Stephen Reich 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 reich@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-6435 DSR Contact: Laura Beagles, Division of Sponsored Research Office of Research and Innovation University of South Florida 3702 Spectrum Blvd, Suite 165 Tampa, Florida  33612-9445 lbeagles@usf.edu (813) 974-5354 Project Manager: Robert E. Westbrook Transit Operations Administrator Florida Department of Transportation 605 Suwannee Street, MS 26 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450 robert.westbrook@dot.state.fl.us 850-414-4533 Background Statement Florida transit agencies and funding entities continue to be under pressure to reduce operating costs and to run a more sustainable and environmentally friendly fleet in the urban environment. Funding made available through the federal economic stimulus effort known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has aided growth in the acquisition of alternative fuel transit vehicles. Some Florida agencies are receiving funding through the … Read entire article »

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Methodology for Linking Greenways and Trails with Public Transportation in Florida

(Center Identification Number: 77967-00) Principal Investigator: Sara Hendricks, 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 Co-Principal Investigators: Martin Catala, GIS Program Director 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 DSR Contact: Sharon Pinson, Sponsored Research Administrator 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 Manager: Gabrielle Matthews, Transit Planner Transit Office 605 Suwannee Street, MS 26 Tallahassee, FL 32399 gabrielle.matthews@dot.state.fl.us (850) 414-4532 Background Statement One of the goals of the Florida Transportation Plan 2060 is to make transportation decisions to support and enhance livable communities. Qualities of livable communities include a mix of affordable transportation options, such as public transit, passenger rail, walking … Read entire article »

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Improving Access to Transit through Crowdsourced Information

(Center Identification Number: 77969-00) Principal Investigator: Sean J. Barbeau, Ph.D., Principal Mobile Software Architect for R&D 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 barbeau@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-7208 DSR Contact: Sharon Pinson, Sponsored Research Administrator 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 Manager: Elba Lopez, FDOT Project Manager Regional Transit/Intermodal Systems Planning FDOT Dist. 7 – Intermodal Systems Development (ISD) 11201 N. McKinley Drive, MS-7-500 Tampa, FL 33612-6403 elba.lopez@dot.state.fl.us (813) 975-6403 Purpose and Benefit of Research The purpose of this research is to facilitate the ongoing collection of information about potential areas of multimodal service and infrastructure improvements from the public that can be easily shared with transit agencies, departments of transportation, and city and county governments. This research will enable the capture of various … Read entire article »

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Capturing the Benefits of Complete Streets

(Center Identification Number: 77968-00) Principal Investigator: Victoria Perk, 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 perk@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-7327 DSR Contact: 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 Manager: Larry Hymowitz, MobilityCoordinator FDOT Project Manager Office of Modal Development Florida Department of Transportation, District 4 3400 West Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 larry.hymowitz@dot.state.fl.us (954) 777-4663 Purpose and Benefit of Research Anecdotal information indicates that private investment and property value increases are associated with featured Complete Streets projects; however, the studies do not compare them to the economic benefits or return on investment of non-Complete Streets projects. Therefore, this research will investigate comparing investments in roadway capacity (i.e., projects that serve to increase private vehicle speed and/or … Read entire article »

Filed under: Project Scopes, Research in Progress