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Center Identification Number: 392-16

Project Title: Neighborhood Intermodal Transfer Facilities

Co-Principal Investigators: 

Laurel Land, Research Associate

Lisa Staes, Senior Research Associate


Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

FDOT Project Manager: 

Amy Datz

I. Project Objective

Research existing small-scale transfer facilities, focusing on the interaction of transportation modes (e.g., bicycle, pedestrian, bus, park and ride). A review of this research will lead to the determination regarding minimum characteristics required for establishing intermodal transfer facilities in neighborhoods, and the feasibility and implementation of such facilities.

II. Project Abstract

Intermodalism is a topic that is fostered in the Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century and Florida's Growth Management Act; however, it can also be difficult to achieve. For this reason, it is important to develop new ideas and concepts that can be used to further the hope of diminishing continued problems associated with America's love of the automobile and its superior convenience. In this day of a desire for physical fitness, and an insatiable desire for convenience, it is possible that melding mode choices at the neighborhood level could fulfill not only these desires, but make public transportation more accessible to those with minimal choice.

III. Task Descriptions

Task 1 Data Collection

In this task, the investigators will collect information regarding neighborhood intermodal transfer facilities, how they function, the environment in which they are placed, and their degree of utilization. Where available, site plans and engineering drawings of the facilities will be collected.

Task 2 Case Studies

CUTR will review specific examples of neighborhood intermodal facilities and evaluate their successes and failures.

Task 3 Data Analysis

Information collected from literature reviews, interviews, and case studies will be compiled to determine the feasibility of such transfer facilities and the minimum characteristics required. Particular attention will be given to Florida's unique environment. Operational aspects and costs will also be evaluated.

Task 4 Final Report

A report of the findings will be generated, along with cost estimates. These findings can be used by transit and transportation agencies for implementation of similar facilities.

IV. Student Involvement

Graduate students will be used to assist in data collection.

V. Relationship to Other Research Projects

In 1998, the Miami-Dade MPO produced guidelines to developing intermodal facilities. While these guidelines are extensive, they fail to incorporate any case examples for review and evaluation. Guidelines without the benefit of analysis or suggested real world application could result in a local transit agency spending a great deal of money for a facility that fails to accomplish its intended use.

VI. Technology Transfer Activities

The results of this analysis will be provided to the FDOT through a series of technical memoranda and a final report on CD and hard copy. A minimum of 73 copies of the final report will be provided to the Research Office (5), the State Public Transportation Administrator (1), and the Manager of the Transit Office (67).

VII. Potential Benefits of the Project

Facilitate transit and transportation agencies to develop more user-friendly environments for public transit, which would encourage its use by providing ease in accessibility.

VIII. TRB Keywords

Public transit, intermodal, transfer


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