National Center for Transit Research | A Program of the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida
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The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is a program of the Center for Urban Transportation Research  (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF).  The following provides more information about CUTR and USF.


NCTR’s purpose is to make public transportation and all other travel choices, safe, effective, efficient, desirable, and secure. NCTR’s goals are to:

  • Minimize traffic congestion
  • Maximize mobility options
  • Promote safety and security
  • Improve the environment
  • Enhance community sustainability

These goals will be accomplished by conducting applied and advanced research, energetically disseminating the results, and expanding the workforce of transportation professionals through education and training to address the challenges and opportunities of the future.

NCTR Advisory Committee

Overview of CUTR

  • The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) was established in 1988 in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida, located in Tampa, Florida. USF’s largest non-health research center, CUTR is an internationally recognized transportation research, education and education/training/outreach center, with a focus on producing products and people. Our work supports transportation agencies, the transportation profession and community, policymakers, and the public. CUTR provides high quality, objective expertise in the form of insightful research, comprehensive training and education, effective technical assistance and in-depth policy analysis, that translates directly into benefits for CUTR’s project sponsors.  CUTR’s faculty of 37 full-time researchers, and 57 students, combines academic knowledge and extensive “real world” experience in developing innovative, implementable solutions for all modes of transportation.  The multidisciplinary research faculty includes experts in economics, planning, engineering, public policy, and geography.  CUTR logs over $19 million per year in expenditures through contracts and grants to support its research, education, training and technical assistance missions. The National Center for Transit Research is also a program of CUTR.
  • The University of South Florida (USF), established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three separately accredited institutions: USF, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. Students come from every state and U.S. territory and more than 150 countries around the world. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2017, USF joined UF and FSU as the third “Preeminent” university, as designated by the Florida Legislature, placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.
  • Led by Dean Robert H. Bishop, the USF College of Engineering is ranked #55 among public institutions (#89 overall) by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 engineering graduate school rankings.  The college serves 7,000 students, offering ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees in seven programs, as well as 13 master’s and nine doctoral degrees.  The College is actively engaged in local, regional and global research activities with $33 million in research awards for the fiscal year 2015-2016.

CUTR’s Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles


  • Proactively support implementation of innovative multimodal transportation solutions and develop leaders through research, education and action.


  • A vibrant, multimodal, multidisciplinary university transportation center that is an exciting place for students to learn and an engaging environment for faculty to conduct compelling research.


  • Safety
  • Service
  • Diversity
  • Sustainability
  • Mentoring
  • Global
  • Engagement
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Supportive


  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • US Department of Transportation



National Center for Transit Research c/o Center for Urban Transportation Research 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CUT100 Tampa, FL 33620-5375