December 2019
Many of the challenges governments and transport authorities grapple with today stem from a broader restructuring of our economy and governance systems driven by private-platform technologies. In the opening session of the 2019 CTS Transportation Research Conference, SharedStreets co-director Kevin Webb explored how lessons from the past can help us manage emerging digital layers of the public realm.
To improve safety at often-dangerous rural road intersections, U of M researchers have investigated drivers’ ability to judge traffic speed and gaps between cars at varying sight distances. Using a state-of-the-art driving simulator, the researchers showed that 1,000 feet of sight distance allows drivers to make better crossing decisions.
A research team led by the University of Minnesota Morris found that a trucking firm that mandated treatment for its drivers with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) saved significantly on non-OSA-program medical insurance costs.
An increasingly fast-paced and globally connected economy is changing the rules of industrial competition and business location as we know it, making major airports key nodes in global production and enterprise systems. At the luncheon presentation of the 2019 CTS Transportation Research Conference, John Kasarda described the Twin Cities’ potential to leverage the aerotropolis model and deliver competitive advantages to firms and municipalities in the region and state.