CUTR Tampa

Role in This Project:

The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) is recognized nationally and serves as an important resource for policy makers, transportation professionals, the education system, and the public.  With emphasis on developing innovative, implementable solutions to transportation problems, CUTR provides high quality, objective transportation expertise in the form of technical support, policy analysis, and research support that translates directly into benefits for its project sponsors.

2021 Planned Activities

K&J will continue to work with CUTR, FTA, and the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) throughout 2021 calendar year assisting with and facilitating the Transit Safety Standards Working Group sessions. Working Group session #11 is scheduled to be held at BART, February 23 & 24, 2021, in Oakland, CA.

 

2020

K&J worked with CUTR, FTA, and the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) throughout 2020 calendar year assisting with and facilitating the Transit Safety Standards Working Group sessions. Working Group session #10 was held at Houston Metro, February 19 & 20, 2020, in Houston, TX.

 

2019

K&J worked with CUTR and the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) throughout the 2019 calendar year assisting with and facilitating the Transit Safety Standards Working Group sessions. The first 2019 Working Group session was February 20 – 21, 2019, in Washington, DC, with Working Group session #8 on July 10 & 11, 2019 and was held at CUTR, in Tampa, FL. Working Group session #9 was on November 6 & 7, 2019 and was held at MARTA, in Atlanta, GA.

  1. FTA Standards Development II and Course Presentations
  2. K&J assisted CUTR developing the Incident/Accident Investigation Recommended Practices and Guidance Document for both Rail and Bus modes, under the FTA Safety Standards Project Task.

 

2018

K&J continued to work with CUTR and TTCI throughout 2018, assisting with and facilitating the Transit Safety Standards Working Group sessions. The 2018 Working Group sessions were February 21 – 22, 2018, in Atlanta, GA, July 17 – 18, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA and November 14 – 15, 2018, in Tampa, FL. 2017

 

1:  K&J worked extensively with CUTR to facilitate and moderate the Transit Safety Standards Working Group who is charged with the development of FTA’s Safety Standards Strategic Plan and the tasks associated with the Standards Development Program. The working group represents a cross section of the U.S. public transportation industry and includes transit systems operating in large and small urban environments and those providing rail/bus and bus services, along with representatives from industry associations – American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA). The roles and responsibilities assigned to the Working Group include:

  • Provide stakeholder inputs to develop FTA’s Safety Standard Strategic Plan and potentially support FTA’s Standards Development Program
  • Participate in a series of moderated discussions/meetings conducted by the research team
  • As an advisory panel to the Safety Standards Strategic Plan research team, conduct review and analysis of transit safety-related data
  • Validate focus areas recommended by the project team or make suggested modifications to that list
  • Examine standards presented in the Compendium to determine if there are currently standards that exist that may address areas of concern and associated focus areas
  • Review the findings and recommendations directed to FTA issued by the National Transportation Safety Board, Government Accountability Office (GAO), FTA’s Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), or other entities
  • Respond to transit safety related research briefings and identify any recommendations or model practices that may be extracted from those reports and utilized to further public transportation safety
  • Provide supplemental transit safety related data or sources of that data
  • Provide recommendations to the project team on potential methodology that may be used to prioritize focus areas for standards development and the list of standards associated with those focus areas.
  • Provide recommendations to the project team on standards or regulations that may need to be modified to address a focus area
  • Assign subject matter experts from the industry to vet recommendations developed by the research team and inform the process of finalizing recommendations related to specific focus area research performed

 

2:  The Working Group meets on a quarterly basis. Committees assigned to address specific focus area research meet more often, as necessary. The initial meeting of the Working Group was held on February 15-16, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The agenda included an overview of both MAP-21 and FAST Act, work products developed through the Safety Standards Strategic Plan activities, and structured, moderated dialogue related to existing standards, gaps that currently exist within those standards, and areas of greatest risk for rail and for bus. Group exercises were conducted to further discuss areas of risk and priorities for standard consideration and direct the project team on those standards that should be reviewed to address areas of greatest risks. They verified the need for standards within 25 subject areas. 

     The next meetings of the Working Group were held on: June 28-29, 2017, in Pueblo, CO, at TTCI (Transportation Technology Center, Inc) and November 2-3, 2017, in Tampa, FL.

 

2016

1:  Provided subject matter support on a CUTR research project titled, Strategies to Prevent, Reduce and Mitigate Bus Collisions

2:  Developed a CUTR offered training course titled, Internal Safety and Security Audits for Bus Systems

3:  Developed a CUTR offered training course titled, Bus Collision Investigations

4:  Worked extensively throughout 2016 on a research project titled, FTA Safety Standards, Strategic Plan, and Data Collection. Researched and drafted Compendium of Existing Safety Standards that were published in the Federal Register and drafted recommended Safety Standard Topics for USDOT review and consideration.

 

2014 – 2015

1:  Updated and presented CUTR’s 2-1/2-day Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) class to Florida Agencies at CUTR College of Engineering, University of South Florida and at LYNX in Orlando FL.

 

2010 – 2013

None.

 

2009

1:  “How to Conduct a Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA)” training session at CUTR College of Engineering, University of South Florida

 

2008

1:  Para-Transit Training to Florida Transit Agencies.

 

2007

1:  “How to Conduct a Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA)” training session at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Clearwater, Florida.

 

2006

1:  Six (6) security best practices case studies for CUTR’s WEB page and FTA publication.

  • Regional Transportation District (RTD), Denver, Colorado: Integrated Security Design Criteria.
  • Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), Charlotte, North Carolina: State of the Art Access Control Systems, Video Surveillance and Integrated Perimeter Security System.
  • LYNX, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, Florida: Biometric Systems to Secure its Fare counting Room, Parameter Security and Complex Firewall Design.
  • San Francisco Bay Area Transit District (BART), San Francisco, California: Subway Tunnel Intrusion Security Technology.
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington DC: PROJECTS (Program of Response Options and Technology Enhancements for Chemical/Biological Terrorism).
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Boston, MA: Innovative Command Center.

 

2:  Development of security and emergency management resource listings for CUTR’s WEB page.

3:  Development of a Para-Transit training course

 

2005

1:  A Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) for the Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) System with written reports/recommendations on the findings.

2:  “How to Conduct a Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA)” training session at Volusia County’s Public Transit System (VOTRAN) with written reports / recommendations on the findings.

 

2004

1:  “How to Conduct a Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA)” training session at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Clearwater, Florida with written reports / recommendations on the findings.

2:  “How to Conduct a Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA)” training program for Florida Transit Agencies.