Research Publications

MNTRC is actively engaged in dozens of transit research projects. Check back often for the latest releases.

Sustainable Transportation
(Garrett Morgan Education Program)

Symposium Reports
Title Date Published Author Project
Sixteenth Annual Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Symposium April 2016 MTI 1663
Fifteenth Annual Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Symposium May 2015 MTI 1564
Fourteenth Annual Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Symposium November 2014 MTI 1461
Thirteenth Annual Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Symposium October 2013 MTI 1361

Transit Issues

Research Reports
Title Date Published Author Project
Community Transit Service at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas June 2017 Shrestha, Gerrity & Shrestha 1251
Improving Livability Using Green and Active Modes: A Traffic Stress Level Analysis of Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Access and Mobility May 2017 Mekuria, Appleyard, & Nixon 1205
Assessing the Efficiency of Mass Transit Systems in the United States April 2017 Min 1235
Performance Measures to Assess Resiliency and Efficiency of Transit Systems March 2017 Nassif, Ozbay, Deka, Lou, Na, Mudigonda, Zhu, Morgul, Bartin, & El-Awar 1242
Safety of Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide Battery Packs in Transit Bus Applications October 2016 Cleary, Bosch, Kreibick & Anstrom 1247
The US Transit Bus Manufacturing Industry October 2016 Czerwinski, Hartling & Zhang 1234
The Impact of Transit-Oriented Development on Social Capital October 2016 Noland, Puniello & DiPetrillo 1252
Bus Transit Operational Efficiency Resulting from Passenger Boardings at Park-and-Ride Facilities September 2016 Niles & Pogodzinski 1401
Experimental Modeling of NOx and PM Generation from Combustion of Various Biodiesel Blends for Urban Transport Buses August 2016 Kumar, Kim, Omidvarborna, Yarlagadda, Kuppili & Sawtarie 1245
Improving Pathways to Transit for Persons with Disabilities August 2016 DiPetrillo, Lubin, Loukaitou-Sideris, Salehian, Gibson, Williams & Green 1233
Benefit-Cost Analysis for Transportation Planning and Public Policy: Towards Multimodal Demand Modeling August 2016 Holian & McLaughlin 1203
Transit Performance Measures in California April 2016 Rodier & Isaac 1208
Estimating Uncertainty of Bus Arrival Times and Passenger Occupancies March 2016 Gayah, Yu & Wood 1246
Economic Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit in Southeast Michigan December 2015 Dutta & Henze 1237
A Longitudinal Analysis of Cars, Transit, and Employment Outcomes September 2015 Smart & Klein 1244
Neighborhood Crime and Transit Station Access Mode Choice – Phase III of Neighborhood Crime and Travel Behavior August 2015 Ferrell, Mathur & Appleyard 1107
Advanced Low-Floor Vehicle (ALFV) Specification Research August 2015 Iyer, Mishra, Klinikowski, Thompson, Strange, Boggs & Thornblad 1151
Development of Bus-Stop Time Models in Dense Urban Areas: A Case Study in Washington DC August 2015 Arhin & Noel 1239
What Do Americans Think about Public Transit? A Review of U.S. Public Opinion Polling Survey Questions July 2015 Agrawal 1132
The Benefits of Transit in the United States: A Review and Analysis of Benefit-Cost Studies July 2015 Ferrell 1425
Comparing Data Quality and Cost from Three Modes of On-Board Transit Passenger Surveys June 2015 Agrawal, Granger-Bevan, Newmark & Nixon 1206
Investigating the Determining Factors for Transit Travel Demand by Bus Mode in US Metropolitan Statistical Areas May 2015 Alam, Nixon & Zhang 1101
Changes in Transit Use and Service and Associated Changes in Driving Near a New Light Rail Transit Line May 2015 Nixon, Boarnet, Houston, Spears & Lee 1108
Understanding Public Opinion Regarding Transit in Southeast Michigan April 2015 Bernasconi, Zhong, Hanifin, Slowik & Owens 1236
Electrical and Thermal Modeling of a Large-Format Lithium Titanate Oxide Battery System April 2015 Cleary, Kunte & Kreibick 1150
The Purpose, Function, and Performance of Streetcar Transit in the Modern U.S. City: A Multiple-Case-Study Investigation February 2015 Brown, Nixon & Ramos 1201
Net Effects of Gasoline Price Changes on Transit Ridership in U.S. Urban Areas December 2014 Iseki & Ali 1106
An Approach for Actions to Prevent Suicides on Commuter and Metro Rail Systems in the United States November 2014 Botha, Neighbour & Kaur 1129-2
Combustion Chemistry of Biodiesel for Use in Urban Transport Buses: Experiment and Modeling October 2014 Kumar, Kim, Omidvarborna & Kuppili 1146
Measuring Benefits of Transit Oriented Development October 2014 Noland, Ozbay, DePetrillo & Iyer 1142
Fatigue Evaluation of the Increased Weight Limit on Transit Railway Bridges September 2014 Nassif, Ozbay, Lou & Su 1143
Automated Transit Networks (ATN): A Review of the State of the Industry and Prospects for the Future September 2014 Furman, Fabian, Ellis, Muller & Swenson 1227
Enhancing Transit Service in Rural Areas and Native American Tribal Communities: Potential Mechanisms to Improve Funding and Service August 2014 Kaseko, Nyagah & Teng 1147
Understanding & Modeling Bus Transit Driver Availability July 2014 Ozbay & Morgul 1140
Modeling Taxi Demand with GPS Data from Taxis and Transit July 2014 Gonzales, Yang, Morgul & Ozbay 1141
Transit Access and the Agglomeration of New Firms: A Case Study of Portland and Dallas June 2014 Noland, Chatman & Klein 1145
A Study of Factors that Inhibit and Enable Development of Sustainable Regional Transit Systems in Southeastern Michigan March 2014 Hanifin, Anderson, Bernasconi, Dutta, Hoback & Semple 1136
Assessing the Comparative Efficiency of Urban Mass Transit Systems in Ohio: Longitudinal Analysis Dec. 2013 Min 1135
Evaluation of Bus Transit Reliability in the District of Columbia Nov. 2013 Arhin & Noel 1139
Long-Term Trends in Patron Satisfaction of DC Circulator October 2013 Noel, Arhin & Thomas 1138
Measuring the Performance of Livability Programs July 2013 Haas & Fabish 1126
California Voting and Suburbanization Patterns: Implications for Transit Policy July 2013 Holian & Kahn 1105
Analyzing the Effects of Transit Network Change on Agency Performance and Riders in a Decentralized, Small-to-Mid-sized US Metropolitan Area: A Case Study of Tallahassee, Florida May 2013 Brown, Batuhan, Bhattacharya & Jaroszynski 1102
2012 Census of California Water Transit Services December 2012 Kos, Carvalho, Javier & Agrawal 1133
Transit Perspectives
Title Date Published Author Project
Unfinished Business: The Importance of Human Resources to National Transit Asset Management Program Development and Transit Safety Performance (PDF) November 2016 Scott --
Summit and Forum Reports
Title Date Published Author Project
Podcar City Washington November 2013 MTI 1367
The Metro Detroit Transit Workshop: Unpack the Challenge September 2013 MNTRC 1380

Transportation Security

Research Reports
Title Date Published Author Project
The Challenge of Protecting Transit and Passenger Rail: Understanding How Security Works Against Terrorism February 2017 Jenkins 1130
Emergency Management Training for Transportation Agencies August 2016 Edwards, Goodrich & Griffith 1280
Trains, Concert Halls, Airports, and Restaurants—All Soft Targets: What the Terrorist Campaign in France and Belgium Tells Us about the Future of Jihadist Terrorism in Europe June 2016 Jenkins & Clair 1532
Exercise Handbook: What Transportation Security and Emergency Preparedness Leaders Need to Know to Improve Emergency Preparedness February 2014 Edwards & Goodrich 1103
Transportation Security Perspectives
Title Date Published Author Project
The Threat to Air and Ground Transportation Posed by Mentally Disordered Assailants March 2017 Jenkins & Butterworth --
Preliminary Thoughts on the Role of Insiders in Attacks on Transportation Targets June 2016 Jenkins & Butterworth --
Transit is a Terrorist Target May 2016 Jenkins & Butterworth --
Long-Term Trends in Attacks on Public Surface Transportation in Europe and North America January 2016 Jenkins & Butterworth --
The High-Speed Rail Attack in France: What are the security challenges for protecting rail systems? August 2015 Jenkins & Butterworth --
Troubling Trends in Terrorism and Attacks on Surface Transportation: The Outlook Is Grim, but People Still Have a Great Deal of Control March 2015 Jenkins & Butterworth --
Suicide Bombings Against Trains and Buses Are Lethal but Few November 2014 Jenkins & Butterworth --
The Breach of Security at San Jose’s Airport Raises Broader Issues May 2014 Jenkins --
A Terrorism Analysis of the April 14, 2014, Bus Terminal Bombing in Abuja, Nigeria April 2014 Jenkins & Butterworth --
The Terrorist Attack in Kunming, China: Does It Indicate a Growing Threat Worldwide? March 2014 Jenkins & Butterworth --
Mineta Transportation Institute Says Subways Are Still in Terrorists’ Sights March 2014 Jenkins & Butterworth --
By the Numbers: Russia’s Terrorists Increasingly Target Transportation January 2014 Jenkins & Butterworth --
Summit and Forum Reports
Title Date Published Author Project
Rail Security: Critical Insights and Applications January 2012 MTI 1261