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Rural Transit Fact Book 2013

(Center Identification Number: 77060-NCTR-NDSU01) Public transportation plays a fundamental role in the livability of all communities. Information on transit service availability and cost is necessary to efficiently and effectively meet rural community mobility needs. Financial and operating statistics can be used by agency managers, local decision makers, state directors, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and lawmakers to assist in policy making, planning, managing operations, and evaluating performance. The Rural Transit Fact Book provides information to assist the transit industry in the United States provide efficient and effective service to rural communities. The intent of the Rural Transit Fact Book is to serve as a national resource for statistics and information on rural transit in America. This publication includes rural demographic and travel behavior data as well as financial and operating statistics for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Final Report Abstracts, FY 2013 Final Reports, Projects, Publications

State of Good Repair Performance Measures: Assessing Asset Condition, Age, and Performance Data

(Center Identification Number: 79060-02-B) Principal Investigator: Fabian Cevallos, Ph.D., Transit Program Director Lehman Center for Transportation Research (LCTR) Florida International University (FIU) 10555 West Flagler Street, EC 3609 Miami, FL 33174 fabian.cevallos@fiu.edu (305) 348-3144 Background Public transportation plays a vital role in providing mobility and accessibility while supporting the growth and development of communities across the country. It also provides transportation alternatives and enhances the quality of life of citizens. To maintain an efficient public transportation system, there is a need to keep the existing infrastructure in proper conditions. However, there is growing concern that a significant portion of the nation’s public transportation assets are in need of capital reinvestment to maintain these infrastructures in working conditions. This concern is not just for public transportation assets, but also for many other transportation infrastructures such as highways, bridges, and transportation facilities. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Project Scopes, Research in Progress

Development of a Training Manual for Transit Service Planning and Scheduling

(Center Identification Number: 79050-02-B) Principal Investigator: Fabian Cevallos, Ph.D., Transit Program Director Lehman Center for Transportation Research (LCTR) Florida International University (FIU) 10555 West Flagler Street, EC 3609 Miami, FL 33174 fabian.cevallos@fiu.edu (305) 348-3144 Project Objective The main objective of this project is to develop a Training Manual for Transit Service Planning and Scheduling for professional staff. The manual will consist of two sections: Transit Planning and Transit Scheduling. It will cover material for performing essential transit tasks. The intent of the manual is to be used by new transit staff as well as seasoned professionals who want to review key concepts. Although the focus will be on bus, a brief discussion on rail planning and scheduling will also be included. Using detailed descriptions of typical work tasks, the manual can assist with the intricacies of transit planning and scheduling. It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Project Scopes, Research in Progress

A Summary of Design, Policies and Operational Characteristics for Shared Bicycle/Bus Lanes

A Summary of Design, Policies and Operational Characteristics for Shared Bicycle/Bus Lanes

(Center Identification Number: 77937)  This report contains the results of an investigation of the design and operation of shared bicycle/bus lanes in municipalities in the United States and other countries. These lanes are designated for use by public transit buses, bicycles, and usually also for right-turning vehicles. Some municipalities may also allow use of these lanes by taxis and delivery vehicles. The purpose of such lanes is to provide a time advantage to public transit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Final Report Abstracts, FY 2011 Final Reports, Projects, Publications

Recommendations for Yield-to-Bus Traffic Control Devices and Bus Pullout Bays Design Characteristics

(Center Identification Number: 77939) To facilitate compliance with Florida’s Yield to Bus (YTB) law, this project focuses on the following objectives: •Identify the critical design features and prevailing conditions affecting the safety of the merging maneuvers of buses entering traffic from bus pullout bays. •Quantify the potential safety and operational effects of implementing traffic control devices, which can include, but are not limited to, signs (both static and dynamic messages), beacons, and pavement markings considering geometric characteristic of bus bays. •Provide recommendations on the type(s) of YTB traffic control devices to be installed on the SHS. … Read entire article »

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