Spotlight: Engagement Highlights

From 2018 CTS Annual Report

Strategic visioning workshop for automated vehicles in Minnesota

CTS hosted the two-day Strategic Visioning Workshop for Automated Vehicles in Minnesota in June. The event convened about 100 representatives from across the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors to define and advance an agenda related to AVs in the state. Participants collaboratively developed an action plan that focuses on deployment. Sponsors: CTS, McKnight Foundation, MnDOT, Hennepin County, Metropolitan Council.

Learn more: Strategic visioning workshop explores future of automated vehicles in Minnesota, CTS Catalyst, Aug. 2018

Freight & logistics symposium

Freight train at grain elevator near Fergus Falls, MNPhoto: David Gonzalez, MnDOT

Participants at the annual Freight and Logistics Symposium explored freight's integral role in the on-demand revolution. New trends and emerging technologies are driving consumer expectations for shortened, lower-cost, more flexible delivery options. Carriers and logistics service providers are facing pressure to increase their own pace of change, adapt to new distribution and delivery models, and provide higher service levels.

Learn more: Symposium explores freight's role in the on-demand revolution, CTS Catalyst, Feb. 2018

Blowing Snow Control Tools website

Snow fence

New webinars were added to the Blowing Snow Control Tools website. The site is the home for tools and resources that can help agencies keep roads clear of blowing and drifting snow and ice. It includes a snow-fence design module and a cost-benefit tool to estimate the return on investment of various practices. The site is developed and maintained by CTS. Sponsor: MnDOT.

Learn more: Blowing Snow Control Tools website

Research impacts videos

CTS launched a series of videos about the impacts of research. The first two videos touch on the impacts of a multiyear initiative on bicycle and pedestrian counting and a study of the perceived waiting times at transit shelters.

Learn more: Videos demonstrate the impacts of transportation research, CTS Catalyst, March 2018

Annual research conference

CTS's 2017 research conference featured two plenary presentations: Joung Lee, policy director at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, examined the latest directions in infrastructure funding at the federal and state levels; L.A. Metro's Chief Innovation Officer Joshua Schank described the creation of the Office of Extraordinary Innovation, designed to invite new ideas for doing business and manage strategic planning for the agency. The event also included a range of concurrent sessions.

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Automated vehicles: equity task force

MnDOT EZ10 automated vehicle with rider in wheelchair

Researchers in the U's Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness Program formed a task force on automated and self-driving vehicles. Their goal was to identify how various deployment strategies could improve mobility and access for transportation-dependent Minnesotans: seniors, people with disabilities, and others who are not able to drive themselves. Stakeholder meetings were held across the state.

Learn more: Researchers explore equity issues of self-driving vehicles, CTS Catalyst, June 2018

Annual meeting of research centers

Carissa Slotterback presenting at CUTC Annual Meeting

CTS hosted the annual summer meeting of the Council of University Transportation Centers. More than 130 attendees from university centers and institutes focused on transportation research, education, and outreach gathered in Minneapolis for the event. In the event keynote, Carissa Slotterback, associate dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, discussed the importance of collaborative engagement in transportation research.

Learn more: Why does collaborative engagement matter in transportation research?, CTS Catalyst, July 2018

Leaders who made an impact

Learn more: Leaders, students recognized at CTS Awards Luncheon, CTS Catalyst, March 2018

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