July 2018
Access to jobs by transit increased in the Twin Cities area and many other U.S. metros, according to a new report from the U’s Accessibility Observatory. The annually updated research ranks 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States for connecting workers with jobs via transit.
A U of M team has completed a project aimed at helping Metro Transit schedule and manage its bus operator workforce. Led by Qie He, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the project was part of a multi-year partnership between the University and the Twin Cities transit agency.
The City of Ramsey is a rapidly growing exurb of Minneapolis, and its main thoroughfare, Highway 10, is experiencing chronic congestion as a result. The Highway 10 corridor is slated for significant upgrades in the next 20 years. As part of the U of M’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a team of graduate students developed ideas for a more substantial process of communication between city staff and those most affected by current conditions along the corridor and future improvements.
In June, CTS hosted the annual summer meeting of the Council of University Transportation Centers. More than 130 attendees from college and university centers and institutes focused on transportation research, education, and outreach gathered in Minneapolis for the event. In the opening keynote, Carissa Slotterback, associate dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, discussed the importance of collaborative engagement in transportation research. She also described how university transportation centers can serve as the models for this engagement on their campuses.