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Selmon Expressway runs through downtown Tampa

USF researchers to play key role in making Tampa roads safer

Through a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, USF's Center for Urban Transportation Research will collaborate with the city of Tampa to implement essential speed mitigation measures along select roadways in underserved Tampa communities.

November 7, 2023Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation

Two construction workers stand near railroad tracks

USF receives $17M federal grant to help boost railroad workforce

Designed to address the stability and growth of the railroad workforce, the federally-funded project will be led by USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Research and its partners from the Center for Surface Transportation Testing and Academic Research, a consortium of universities and academic research centers focused on the transportation field.

September 27, 2023Research and Innovation

Commuter using train and bicycle

Public transportation agency sees boost in ridership following USF eye-tracking research

The interdisciplinary project, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, created guidelines to help improve the marketing of public transportation.

January 4, 2023Research and Innovation

Rep. Kathy Castor, Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Fred Mannering

U.S. Secretary of Energy meets with USF researchers, community partners

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm was joined by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor for a meeting with leaders of the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research to learn more about efforts of the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition, which is housed at USF.

June 2, 2022Research and Innovation, University News

Paris metro line

USF-invented software tool implemented around the world to improve real-time transit data

The public transportation agencies for the country of France and state of California have started utilizing an open-source software tool created at USF that quickly finds errors in a transit agency’s real-time data – providing travelers more accurate information through mobile mapping applications, such as Google and Apple Maps.

April 22, 2022Research and Innovation

Transponders highlighted on the Selmon Expressway

Swerving prevention method prompts new patent for USF engineers

In the midst of reviewing data for the federally funded Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot, USF researchers have been awarded a U.S. patent for their algorithm that detects one of the greatest roadway hazards – swerving.

December 3, 2021Research and Innovation

A stock photo of a road in a rural area

The Power of Partnerships: $3.5 million federal grant will advance automated driving innovation in rural America

What started out with a cold call to USF from a startup company working to bring high-tech driving to rural roads has turned into a partnership that recently secured a $3.5 million Department of Energy grant and created a nationwide network of transportation innovators.

August 26, 2021Research and Innovation

Woman behind the wheel of a connected vehicle.

Auto manufacturers test connected vehicle technology implemented in Tampa Bay, evaluated at USF

The USF Center for Urban Transportation Research has entered the fourth and final phase of a $22 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to create and implement connected vehicle technology in downtown Tampa.

May 27, 2021Research and Innovation

Sonny Holtzman

Sonny Holtzman inducted into the 2021 Florida Transportation Hall of Fame

Sylvan (Sonny) Holtzman, a powerhouse with more than 60 years of service as a lawyer and public servant, has been selected as a Hall of Fame inductee by the Center for Urban Transportation Research.

May 27, 2021Honors and Awards

Campus Recreation students bike along USF Rocky Road.

University of South Florida named a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly University by National League of American Bicyclists | USF News

The University of South Florida (USF) Tampa campus has been recognized as a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly University with an award from the League of American Bicyclists, the premier grassroots advocacy organization encouraging better bicycling and protecting the right of people who bike.

March 9, 2021Campus Life

Super Bowl 55

Congratulations to the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers make NFL history, becoming the first team to win the Super Bowl on their home field. Raymond James Stadium is also home to the University of South Florida Bulls football team, just one of the many connections between USF and Super Bowl LV.

February 3, 2021University News

Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa Transit Skill Upgraded by USF Engineer

An engineer with the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research is working with Amazon to upgrade its voice personalization feature for public transit.

December 11, 2019Research and Innovation

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