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Statewide Transit Technical Assistance and Training Program

(Center Identification Number: 77973-00) Project Managers: Lisa Staes, Program Director Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT 100 Tampa, Florida  33620-5375 staes@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-9787 Rob Gregg Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT 100 Tampa, Florida  33620-5375 gregg@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-8383 Introduction The Statewide Technical Assistance and Training Program provides training and technical assistance to Florida’s public transportation community.  The purpose of the program is to ensure the highest level of productivity among transit professionals, promote and encourage management and operational efficiencies, promote and ensure safety and security at Florida’s transit properties, and ensure the provision of more cost-effective transit services.  Courses and workshops are provided throughout the year on wide ranging topics across transit disciplines.  In addition, the program is also central to the Annual FPTA/FDOT/CUTR Professional Development Workshop is held … Read entire article »

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Florida Transit Operator Trainer Training Program

(Center Identification Number: 77972-00) Principal Investigator: Lisa Staes, Program Director Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT 100 Tampa, Florida  33620-5375 staes@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-9787 Co-Principal Investigators: Holly Carapella, Research Associate Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT 100 Tampa, Florida  33620-5375 hollyc@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-1446 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 Introduction In 2000, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) partnered to develop the Florida Transit Operator Trainer Training Program. The program offers training courses to Florida’s transit operator trainers through a voluntary state and federal certificate program.   The program is overseen by the Florida Operations Network (FON) who serve in an advisory capacity. … Read entire article »

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Community2Go! – Pilot of a Community-Based Voluntary Travel Behavior Change Effort

(Center Identification Number: 77974-00) Principal Investigator: Philip L. Winters, Director, TDM Program 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 Investigators: Sara Hendricks, Senior Research Associate 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 Julie Bond, Senior Research Associate 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, 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: Michael Wright, Statewide CAP & Florida RTAP Manager Florida DOT – Transit Office michael.wright1@dot.state.fl.us (850) 414-4529 Background Statement Traffic congestion and the associated environmental impacts continue to adversely affect Floridians. According to the Texas Transportation Institute’s annual Urban Mobility Reports, Florida’s population increased 15% in the seven largest … Read entire article »

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Evaluation of Automated Vehicle Technology for Transit

(Center Identification Number: 77975-00) Principal Investigator: Brian Pessaro, 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 pessaro@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-5113 DSR Contact: Sharon Pinson Sponsored Research Administrator University of South Florida Sponsored Research 3702 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 165 Tampa, FL 33612-9445 spinson@usf.edu (813) 974-0360 Project Manager: Ed Hutchinson FDOT Project Manager Office of Systems Planning Florida Department of Transportation 605 Suwannee Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399 ed.hutchinson@dot.state.fl. us (850) 414-4900 Background Statement The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is interested in exploring automated vehicle (AV) applications within the state of Florida. In November 2013, FDOT co-hosted the first automated vehicle summit in Tampa. The summit included discussion about the current state of AV technology and the key regulatory issues that will need to be addressed before AV technology can be safely deployed. In May 2014, FDOT hosted the first meeting of … Read entire article »

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Cost-Benefit Analysis of Rural and Small Urban Transit

(Center Identification Number: 79050-02-A) Problem Statement Transit systems in rural and small urban areas are often viewed as valuable community assets due to the increased mobility they provide to those without other means of travel. The true value of those services, however, has been largely unmeasured, and there are often impacts that go unidentified. As transit systems compete for local dollars, it is important to identify and quantify, where possible, the impacts that the service has on the community. The benefits to the transit user include lower cost trips, new trips that are made, and relocation avoidance. The alternative means of travel for transit users, which may involve purchasing an automobile or paying for a taxi ride, are often more expensive. As transit provides access to work, health care, education, shopping, etc., additional … Read entire article »

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