GEOG 497C
GIS for Transportation: Principles, Data and Applications

9.2 Getting to Know a Transportation Organization

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This week, you’ll take some time to get to know the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). CUTR is an internationally recognized transportation research group which is part of the University of South Florida and is known for developing both innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. Founded in 1988, CUTR is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers who conduct research on behalf of both public and private project sponsors. While CUTR is active in all modes of transportation, they have particular strength in the area of public transportation. The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is housed within CUTR and, together with the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), host a GIS in Transit conference which generally meets once every few years. A link to the upcoming 10th GIS in Transit conference is here.

Assignment 9-3 (15 points)

Read through CUTR’s 2016 Annual Report. Also, watch this webcast (49:24) on a recent project they did titled “Closing the Loop – Improving Transit Through Crowd-sourced Information.” Address the following items, and submit your responses in M.S. Word format to Assignment 9-3 in Canvas.

  1. In a few sentences each, highlight 3 areas of activity at CUTR. (9 points)
  2. In the webcast, what are some of the challenges which limited the ability of the public to effectively report issues and the ability of agencies to effectively utilize information which was reported? (3 points)
  3. What were some of the proposed solutions for these challenges? (3 points)