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Center Identification Number:  77928

Project Title: Enhancing the Connectivity of High Speed Rail in the Orlando-Tampa Corridor with Local Public Transportation Systems: Issues and Opportunities

Principal Investigator:

Rob Gregg

Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida

Phone: 813-974-8383
Fax: 813-974-5168

External Project Contact:     

Nazih Haddad
Florida Department of Transportation
Chief Operating Officer, Florida Rail Enterprise

Start and End Dates

Start Date:  March 2010               Expected End Date: March 2011

I.  Project Objective/Problem Statement

High Speed Rail (HSR) will only be truly transformational if it has effective connections with as many other modes of transportation as possible. This project looks at local public transportation systems that have opportunities to connect to HSR stations planned for the Orlando-Tampa corridor. How will the availability of HSR impact the existing transit services? What approach are local agencies taking to re-align services to benefit both local and regional travelers? The creation and authority of the Florida Rail Enterprise High Speed Rail project is a catalyst for local agencies to reassess their existing and planned public transportation development activities. It is the objective of this project to analyze these local services and plans to provide insight for enhanced interconnectivity opportunities to the planned HSR stations. With effective connections, the High Speed Rail Project can create a public transportation system for much of the state of Florida.

II. Objectives/Tasks

The purpose of this project is to document local public transportation agency service improvement plans and enhancement opportunities related to the connectivity to the High Speed Rail corridor between Orlando and Tampa. The project objectives are:

• Collect and review existing agency service operations and planned service development plans • Provide a review of existing service operations and future service improvement plans

• Interact with public transportation operators directly and through participation in key HSR project development meetings with local interest groups

• Conduct a review of existing HSR Florida Rail Enterprise planned and preliminary designs for station locations within the Orlando-Tampa corridor.

• Produce a compilation of data collected in this project and provide an analysis for support documentation anticipated to be included in Florida Rail Enterprise issues Request for Proposals (RFP)

The overall intent of this project is to provide information on public transportation connectivity opportunities that will be a beneficial resource for future rail corridor development and be utilized in the Florida Rail Enterprise request for proposals concerning a system design, build, operate, maintain, and finance solicitation.  

Tasks necessary to achieve objectives

The proposed scope of services for this project consists of the following tasks.

Task 1 - Project Management & Coordination

This task will provide the project management activities associated with this project, including preparation of quarterly progress reports, consultation with the project manager, review of draft reports, technical memorandums and a final report.

Task 2 - Public Transportation Agency Service Planning Coordination

CUTR will coordinate with public transportation agencies within and tangent to the HSR Orlando to Tampa Corridor to understand current issues and opportunities for service development and enhanced connectivity to the designated HSR stations. This coordination will also include Sun Rail, the Commuter Rail project, in the Orlando area, that is scheduled to be in operations by 2013. CUTR will conduct these coordination activities and attend key meetings with local officials under the direction of Florida Rail Enterprise staff.

Transit agencies that will be coordinated with will include: The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (Lynx), Polk County Transit Services (PCTS), Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection), the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA), and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).

Task 3 - Transit Plans, Programs, and Data Collection

The objective of this task is to collect existing and approved improvement plans for the public transportation systems referred to in task 2. CUTR will utilize station location and design concepts provided by the Florida Rail Enterprise as base data for further service planning analysis. Additionally, existing land use plans and policies impacting development around stations will be collected from appropriate local jurisdictions.

Task 4 - Analysis of HSR (Orlando to Tampa Corridor) Station Connectivity to Public Transportation Systems in Short and Long Term Planning

The objective of this task is to conduct an assessment of current transit services and planned improvements collected previously from the HSR corridor public transportation agencies. CUTR will develop a review that encompasses existing conditions, mid-term plans (next ten years) and long-range plans (20 to 25 years -as presented in local MPO plans). An analysis will be conducted on existing and planned service levels and capacities for local transit service to the designated HSR stations. Furthermore, CUTR will develop potential service enhancements to these plans that may improve overall system connectivity and access to projected land use development around these stations. This aspect of the analysis will include enhancements that may be funded as part of local investment initiatives such as the planned referendums in Hillsborough and Polk counties. CUTR will catalogue the analysis for each of the stations designated in both the Tampa (one station) and Orlando (three stations) areas. For Polk County, up to three (3) alternative stations will be catalogued, to include the priority stations endorsed by the Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO).

Task 5 - Support Documentation for HSR Request for Proposals

The objective of this task is to utilize the information that will be provided in the final report of this project and develop a summary of findings and observations in a format suitable to be used by the Florida Rail Enterprise for its scheduled Request for Proposals, which will be a solicitation for a design, build, operate, maintain, and finance contract. This summary of findings will be defined as “Technical Memo #1”.

Task 6 - Conclusions and Observations

All previous task activities will be appropriately incorporated in a final report to describe the data collection, analysis, findings and observations of this project. The objective of this task will be to provide documentation that will be useful for the Florida Rail Enterprise activities as well as a research reference for future HSR development corridors.

Work not included in this scope of service is not to be performed and will not be subject to compensation by the Department.


III. Deliverables

Project Kickoff Meeting

Upon project execution, the CUTR principal investigator will coordinate a kick-off meeting with the FDOT project manager and prepare an agenda and participant invitation list.

This kick-off meeting shall be scheduled to occur within the first 30 days of execution by the university. The preferred method for the kick-off meeting is via teleconference or video conference. As a minimum, the project manager and the principal investigator will attend. The Research Center staff must be advised of the meeting and given the option to attend. Other parties may be invited, as appropriate. The subject of the meeting will be to review and discuss the project’s tasks, schedule, milestones, deliverables, reporting requirements, and deployment plan. A summary of the kick-off meeting shall be included in the first progress report.

Quarterly Progress Reports

CUTR will submit quarterly progress reports to the FDOT Research Center. The first report will cover the activity that occurred in the 90 days following the issuance of the task work order.

Reports should be submitted within 30 days of the end of the reporting period. Reports are due even if little or no progress has occurred (in which case, the report should explain delays and/or lack of progress). Progress reports will be sent in MS Word format to Sandra Bell, .

Progress reports must include the following information: 1. Contract number, task work order number, and title 2. Work performed during the period being reported 3. Work to be performed in the following period 4. Anticipated modifications (i.e., to funding, schedule, or scope). 5. A progress schedule updated to reflect activities for the period being reported.

Failure to submit progress reports in a timely manner may result in termination of the work order.

Technical Memorandum 1

As described in task 5, a summary of findings and observations in a format suitable to be used by the Florida Rail Enterprise for its scheduled Request for Proposals, which will be a solicitation for a design, build, operate, maintain, and finance contract. This memorandum will be produced at the conclusion of task 6 (see schedule).

Draft Final Report

The Draft Final Report is due 90 days prior to the end date of the task work order. The draft final report will be submitted to Sandra Bell, It will be edited for technical accuracy, grammar, clarity, organization, and format prior to submission to the Department for technical approval. The Draft final report shall be prepared in accordance with the “Guidelines for Preparing Draft Final and Final Reports” posted at

Final Report Once the draft final report has been approved, the university shall prepare the final report. The university will deliver a minimum eight (8) copies on CD or DVD – seven (7) CDs should contain the final report in PDF format, one (1) CD should contain the final report in PDF format, MS Word format and a Summary of the Final Report.

The CD/DVDs should be labeled in a professional manner and include at a minimum the contract number, task work order number, project title and date.

The final report is due no later than the end date of the task work order and should be delivered to the following address:

The Florida Department of Transportation Research Center, MS 30 605 Suwannee Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450


I.                  V.  Project Schedule



V.  Project Budget

  Total Project Cost $75,000

VI. Use of Graduate Student(s) and Other Research Assistants

There will be no involvement of graduate students and other research assistants in this project. Work will be performed by CUTR research personnel with appropriate skills and expertise required to meet the objectives, tasks and deliverables described herein.

VII. Equipment

No equipment will be necessary to be purchased to conduct this project research or production.

VIII. Travel

Travel will be necessary to attend key project related meetings and data collection in service areas related to this project which includes Orange, Osceola, Hillsborough, and Polk Counties. A very conservative budget of under $400 has been set for travel expenses to basically cover vehicle travel and does not include overnight stays.

All travel shall be in accordance with Section 112.061, Florida Statutes. FDOT employees may not travel on research contracts.

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