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Steven Polzin is the director of mobility policy research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.
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Dr. Polzin is the director of mobility policy research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida and is responsible for coordinating the Center's involvement in the University's educational program. Dr. Polzin carries out research in mobility analysis, public transportation, travel behavior, planning process development, and transportation decision-making. Dr. Polzin is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Transportation and serves on several Transportation Research Board and APTA Committees. He recently completed several years of service on the board of directors of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (Tampa, Florida) and on the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization board of directors. Dr. Polzin worked for transit agencies in Chicago (RTA), Cleveland (GCRTA), and Dallas (DART) before joining the University of South Florida in 1988. Dr. Polzin is a Civil Engineering with a BSCE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.

Recent Posts

Blog post
September 28, 2016, 8am PDT
Is commuting Deplorable? Can we Make Commuting Great Again? It is sometimes necessary to resort to hyperbole to draw attention to real data.
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Blog post
July 11, 2016, 5am PDT
The transportation policy debate regularly falls victim to incorrect or incomplete "facts" getting passed around like the game of telephone.
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Blog post
May 27, 2016, 5am PDT
Will planning horizons of 25 to 30 years make sense as transportation technology speeds through unprecedented rates of innovation?
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Blog post
April 12, 2016, 1pm PDT
Recent data showing declining transit ridership is only the latest news to cast doubt on expectations of a public transit renaissance.
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Blog post
March 8, 2016, 2pm PST
Many observers and planners had hoped 2007 was the peak of vehicle miles travelled in the United States. After record-breaking increases in driving and auto sales, what are we to make of the present and future of driving in the United States?
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Blog post
December 28, 2015, 7am PST
An op-ed describes some of the not-so-hard to imagine drawbacks of a world full of a world full of self-driving cars.
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Blog post
October 28, 2015, 5am PDT
Though the role for planners in making it easier to walk was clear even before the U.S. Surgeon General urged communities to design and plan for walking, more information is needed to understand why and where people choose to travel on foot.
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Blog post
July 9, 2015, 5am PDT
Digging into the data to get beyond the misleading notion of radical change in development patterns.
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Blog post
April 7, 2015, 7am PDT
Over the past few weeks, the Federal Highway Administration released new data reporting annual 2014 travel levels, and analysts are busy interpreting and, in some cases, spinning the results.
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Blog post
February 25, 2015, 2pm PST
Contrary to the prevailing narrative about decreasing vehicle miles traveled runs a constant decline in the number of carpools. Very little is known about why Americans are carpooling so much less, so can mobile apps hope to reverse the the trend?
Steven Polzin