Transit Mobility


TTI Day 2013

TTI Day 2013

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is part of the Texas A&M University System and is recognized as one of the premier higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation. The TTI Transit Mobility Program provides research and technology transfer expertise in all aspects of public transportation planning, management, and operations. Program researchers bring a combination of direct operational skills in all bus, paratransit, and rail modes and nationwide research experience with metropolitan, urban, and rural transit systems. Research projects result in practical, actionable recommendations for enhancing transit access, efficiency, effectiveness, safety, and sustainability. Transit Mobility Program staff are adept at facilitating multi-agency groups in the development of shared transportation objectives, innovative strategies, and coordinated services.


  • Multimodal transportation planning and practices
  • Urban and rural transit operations analysis
  • Best practices and peer benchmarking
  • Performance measures and financial analysis
  • Innovative finance
  • Education, training and capacity development
  • Mobility management
  • Accessible transportation service analysis
  • Market research, communications, and outreach
  • Alternative fuel research/electric vehicles
  • State of good repair and asset management
  • Environmental policy and sustainability

Selected Projects


  • TxDOT, Transit Leadership Initiative, 2012-2013.
  • NTI/NHI Courses, Introduction to Metropolitan Transportation Planning and Introduction to Statewide Transportation Planning, Ongoing.

Performance Measurement and Mobility Management

  • TCRP # B-44: Examining the Effects of Separate Non-Emergency Medical Transportation(NEMT) Brokerages on Transportation Coordination, 2014-2015.
  • Idaho Transportation Department, Statewide Mobility Management Systems Analysis & Implementation Plan, 2014.
  • TxDOT, PTN-128 Performance Based Funding, 2013.
  • NCHRP RRD 373, A Toolkit for Reporting Rural and Specialized Transit Data—Making Transit Count, AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation, 2012.
  • TxDOT, Performance Measures for Public Transit Mobility Management, 2011.
  • Transportation Research Board, TCRP Report 141 – A Methodology for Performance Measurement and Peer Comparison in the Public Transportation Industry, 2010.
  • TCRP Report 165, Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual, 3rd Edition, with Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Ongoing.

Outreach and On-Board Surveys

  • Omaha Metro, Onboard & Boarding and Alighting Survey, with HDR, Inc., 2013.
  • Houston METRO, METROLift Moving Forward Public Outreach Assistance, 2013.
  • Texas State University, On-board Survey of University Transit Services, 2012-2013.
  • Regional Transit, Sacramento, CA, On-board Bus and Light-rail Passenger Survey Development, Methodology and Findings, 2011.

Transit Finance and Asset Management

  • NCHRP, Condition of State and Federally Funded Transit Assets, 2012-2014.
  • TxDOT, Managing Operating Costs for Rural and Small Urban Public Transit Systems (RMC 6694), 2011-2013.
  • UTCM, Impacts of Funding and Allocation Changes on Rural Transit in Texas, 2011.
  • Capital Metro (Austin) Service Expansion Policy: A Methodology for Calculating Cost by Type of Service, 2010.

Technical Assistance Toolkits

  • City-County Transportation, 2013.
  • Lower Rio Grande Valley, 2013.
  • Public Transit Services, 2012.

Environmental Concerns

  • TxDOT, Maximizing Mitigation Benefits – Making a Difference with Strategic Inter-Resource Agency Planning, 2012-2014.
  • FTA, Gulf Coast Climate Change Adaptation Pilot Study, 2012-2013.
  • Capital Metro, CNG Cost-Benefits Fleet Analysis, 2012.


  • Federal Transit Administration, Exploring Transit’s Contribution to Livability in Rural Communities, 2013-2014.

School Transportation

  • Tucson Independent School District, Operational Assessment, 2013.
  • Bridgeport Connecticut Board of Education, Safe and Efficient Student Transportation, with Gibson Consulting Group Inc., 2011.


  • Gulf Coast Rail District, Freight and Commuter Rail Shared Rights-of-Way Workshop, 2013.
  • Houston METRO, Ascertain the Suitability of a Proposed Collision Avoidance System for the Planned Houston METRO Light Rail Transit System, 2013.

Inter-Agency Contracts

  • TxDOT Public Transportation Division, Inter-Agency Contract for Technical Assistance, 2012-2014.
  • TxDOT, Austin District: Public Transportation Division Inter-Agency Contract for Technical Assistance, 2012-2013.

More Information

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Latest News
TTI Helps METRO Hear from Riders, Including Those with Disabilities

The number of people with disabilities requesting transportation assistance from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County’s (METRO’s) METROLift services has grown significantly in recent years. This increase has prompted the transit agency to consider a change in its paratransit policies and practices to balance quality of service with financial sustainability. Researchers with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI’s) Transit Mobility Program recently helped the agency create a first-of-its-kind community outreach program called METROLift Moving Forward.

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