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Ranjit Prasad Godavarthy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Research Fellow
Phone: (701)231-6436
Email: ranjit.godavarthy@ndsu.edu

Ranjit started working with UGPTI's Small Urban and Rural Transit Center in December 2012. His research areas include demand response transit and paratransit services, transit in small urban and rural communities, transit's contribution towards rural livability, bike sharing, roundabout studies, traffic control devices, transportation and highway safety, pedestrian studies, low volume road safety, and freight transportation.

Ranjit received his Ph.D. degree in Transportation Engineering from Kansas State University. He has received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Nagarjuna University (Andhra Pradesh, India) and M.S. degree in Transportation Engineering from Kansas State University.

Research Interests

  • Public transportation in small urban and rural areas
  • Demand response transit, and paratransit research
  • Bike share research
  • Roundabouts research
  • Traffic engineering and operations
  • Transportation and highway safety

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity

  • Bike share program in small urban communities – livability benefits and mode share impacts.
  • Winter bike sharing in United States – User willingness, and operator's challenges and best practices.
  • Exploring Transit's Contribution to Livability in Rural Communities: Case Study of the North Dakota Cities of Valley City and Dickinson.
  • Developing a Method for Assessing National Demand-Response Transit Level of Service
  • Cost–Benefit Analysis of Rural and Small Urban Transit in the United States
  • Accommodating Oversize/Overweight Vehicles at Roundabouts
  • Impacts of Roundabouts on Traffic Flow and Business
  • Involved in Developing a Manual to Increase Safety for High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR)
  • Mitigating Crashes at High-Risk Rural Intersections with Two-way Stop Control
  • Experiments with Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon in Lawrence, Kansas


  • 2016-Present, Assistant Professor of Transportation and Logistics, College of Business, NDSU
  • 2012-Present, Associate Research Fellow, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2007-2012, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Kansas State University


  • Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, Kansas State University, 2012
  • M.S., Transportation Engineering, Kansas State University, 2010
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Nagarjuna University, India, 2007

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Transportation Technologies (May 2016 – Present)
  • Scientific Committee Member, IEREK (International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange) (August 2016 – Present)


  • Engineer in Trainee (EIT), Arizona Board of Technical Registration, 2011
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