Lehman Center for Transportation Research at Florida International University

Advanced Public Transportation Systems Technical Assistance for Miami-Dade Transit Service Planning Section

  • Sponsor: Miami-Dade Transit (MDT)
  • Contact: Dr. Fabian Cevallos, (954) 234-4183, fabian.cevallos@fiu.edu

  • Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) is currently the largest transit agency in the state of Florida and becoming one of the largest transit properties in the United States. In Fiscal Year 2006, the agency carried over 109 million passengers and ridership is constantly increasing as the MDT fleet continues to grow. The agency operates three transit modes: Metrobus, Metrorail, and Metromover.

    With the implementation of the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP), there is an increased demand for providing a more reliable and efficient service to the public. Therefore, the implementation of Advanced Public Transportation Systems (APTS) technologies as well as the use of data from these technologies is critical to improving operational efficiencies and overall system performance.

    This project builds upon the success of previous APTS technical assistance that includes the development of a computerized On-Time Performance process to assist MDT in monitoring the efficiency of the bus system and the establishment of a semi-automated data collection and data entry process for rail to assist with the generation of National Transit Database (NTD) reports.

    The main objective of this project is to provide Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) support in improving operational efficiencies and overall system performance by researching, analyzing, and assisting in the development and implementation of Advanced Public Transportation Systems (APTS) and associated data management. The team at the Lehman Center for Transportation Research (LCTR) will provide assistance with current and future APTS technologies, including Automatic Passenger Counters (APCs), Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Electronic Fare Collection systems.