April 2019
Transportation contributes to many broad societal outcomes, such as employment, wealth, and health. Some Minnesotans, however, are underserved by current systems and face disparities and barriers in reaching their destinations. According to new research, efforts to improve transportation equity need to focus on societal inequities—such as racial segregation and auto dependency—as well as the transportation barriers that affect specific communities and population groups.
Researchers at the U of M’s Accessibility Observatory have developed new methods for assessing accessibility to jobs by transit in the Twin Cities metro area. The multi-stage study focused on accounting for the effects of managed lanes and park-and-ride facilities in transit accessibility measures.
A transitway trip is more than just the leg spent on light rail or bus rapid transit. It also includes the modes used to reach transitway stations, such as local buses, walking, and biking. Transit planners need to understand how the connections between modes affect ridership as they plan network changes and expansions. A recent U of M project helps fill this information need.
In Minnesota, lane departures and run-off-the-road crashes cause more fatalities and serious injuries than any other crash type. To help address this safety challenge, U of M researchers have developed an innovative, cost-effective way to deliver a high-accuracy lane-departure and curve warning system.