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CTS Blog, November 16, 2017

To prepare for autonomous vehicles (AVs), states have complex challenges to address—not the least of which is anticipating a mix of AVs and regular vehicles on their roads for decades. During the Minnesota TZD statewide conference October 26, Jim Hedlund, principal of Highway Safety North, shared this and other findings from a recent report he authored for the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

StarTribune, November 10, 2017

The average worker in the Twin Cities can reach nearly 17,000 jobs within a half-hour when traveling by transit. The metro area's ranking, 13th in the nation, declined 1.6 percent over the past year in annually updated research released this week from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota. The study provides a fascinating glimpse into how transit connects people to their jobs nationwide. "Transit is only half of the picture," explained Andrew Owen, director of the Observatory. "The other half of the equation is where are the jobs and where are the workers."

Transportist, November 10, 2017

Annually updated research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota ranks 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States for connecting workers with jobs via transit. The new rankings, part of the Access Across America national pooled-fund study that began in 2013, focus on accessibility, a measure that examines both land use and transportation systems. Accessibility measures how many destinations, such as jobs, can be reached in a given time.

Cincinnati Business Courier, November 10, 2017

A new University of Minnesota report says that the number of jobs in Greater Cincinnati accessible by transit increased by the highest rate in the nation in 2016, partly because of the opening of the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar, according report author Andrew Owen, director of the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota.

AASHTO Daily Transportation Update, November 09, 2017

Annually updated research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota ranks 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States for connecting workers with jobs via transit. The new rankings, part of the Access Across America national pooled-fund study that began in 2013, focus on accessibility, a measure that examines both land use and transportation systems. Accessibility measures how many destinations, such as jobs, can be reached in a given time.

KARE-11 TV News, November 09, 2017

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are trying to improve the energy efficiency of delivery vehicles. In September, the UMN Thomas E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory announced it had been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the NEXTCAR Program of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. UMN NEXTCAR researchers have partnered with UPS and electric vehicle manufacturing company Workhorse Group Inc. to develop technology to improve the fuel efficiency of cloud-connected delivery vehicles.

University of Minnesota News, November 09, 2017

Annually updated research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota ranks 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States for connecting workers with jobs via transit. The new rankings, part of the Access Across America national pooled-fund study that began in 2013, focus on accessibility, a measure that examines both land use and transportation systems. Accessibility measures how many destinations, such as jobs, can be reached in a given time.

StarTribune, November 06, 2017

A rite of late autumn in the Twin Cities involves hundreds of cheery green Nice Ride Minnesota bikes being gathered up and packed away for winter storage. But a big change is in the works for bike-sharing here, and it may make its debut as soon as next spring. Instead of pedaling a Nice Ride bike from station to station, cyclists will use smartphone apps to locate and rent "dockless bikes" anywhere and leave them locked wherever they please. At least that’s the theory. The reality could be a bit different....

CTS Blog, November 02, 2017

CTS has been celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a look back at significant milestones. One of our goals for the anniversary was to show how research progresses over time to lead to new knowledge. Today at our annual Transportation Research Conference, we debuted a video about the path to progress in accessibility metrics.

CTS Blog, November 01, 2017

CTS was honored to receive this year’s Local Agency Technology Initiative Award from ITS Minnesota at the organization’s Fall Forum on October 17. The annual award recognizes a local agency for their achievements in advancing ITS technology in Minnesota.

Sleep Review, October 31, 2017

As rulemaking has been withdrawn, stakeholder conversation turns to the financial arguments surrounding the trucking industry’s incentives to voluntarily undergo systematic OSA screening, testing, and treatment....

The Gender Policy Report, October 31, 2017

In the U.S., women have historically had less access to cars, but their traditional, gendered family roles have increased their share of household-related trips—think daycare pickup, grocery shopping, and the like. The mismatch between women’s mobility constraints and burdens has, in turn, created significant restrictions in women’s labor market choices. As a result, employed women’s work commute trips were, for decades, shorter in both distance and time than those of employed men. (Author: Yingling Fan, Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota)

MinnPost, October 31, 2017

Congress doesn’t have a reputation for moving fast. On complex topics like health care and taxes, it can take years before lawmakers pass substantive legislation — if they pass any at all. This fall, however, Congress has moved uncharacteristically quickly to advance legislation governing new technology that is moving quickly: self-driving vehicles.... According to Frank Douma, a researcher at the University of Minnesota who studies automated vehicle issues, “the federal government always regulates the hardware, and the state regulates the driver, the human.

Governing, October 30, 2017

A study by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota led by Humphrey School professor Jason Cao found telecommuting increased travel for one-worker households, especially for non-work related trips. Other research indicates that when two drivers in a household share a single vehicle, telecommuting merely frees up the vehicle for the other person.

WalletHub, October 30, 2017

Urbanization might be the trend for much of the population, but not everyone craves the bright lights and crowded spaces of the big metropolis. For those who appreciate more wiggle room, fewer degrees of separation and shorter commutes, small-city life can be tough to beat. And those are just a few of its advantages. Frank Douma, director of the State and Local Policy Program at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is interviewed as an expert.

Pioneer Press, October 25, 2017

University of Minnesota students are turning to short-term rental services like Airbnb to ease living expenses and tuition costs. Student “hosts” say the service accommodates their packed schedules. But recent regulations passed by the Minneapolis City Council could complicate business. “Cash-strapped” college students facing steep housing and tuition costs can recoup some of their money by leasing an extra room, said Saif Benjaafar, a U professor in industrial and systems engineering who heads the school’s initiative on the sharing economy.

CTS Blog, October 24, 2017

When Myrna Peterson wants to visit downtown Grand Rapids, Minnesota, from her home two miles outside the city limits, she uses the most convenient vehicle she has: her motorized wheelchair. Grand Rapids, a city of about 11,000 people in north central Minnesota, is like many other small communities in Greater Minnesota. It has limited bus service, especially during the evenings and on weekends. People with mobility issues, like Peterson, face even more constraints when trying to go shopping, get to an appointment, or go out to dinner.

Construction Equipment, October 19, 2017

University of Minnesota researchers conducted a study to determine if Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) messages could be an effective way to get drivers to pay attention to hazards and workers in roadway work zones... “When we started this project, we saw a potential for drivers to become more aware and responsive to hazards within the work-zone by presenting the information directly to them through in-vehicle messaging technologies,” says Nichole Morris, director of the U’s HumanFIRST Laboratory, who led the project.

CTS Blog, October 19, 2017

U of M student Joseph Ward reflects on visiting Hong Kong in this guest post on our blog. This is the final post in a series highlighting student experiences in a 2017 study-abroad course to China coordinated by the U of M's Global Transit Innovations program.

Orange County Register, October 14, 2017

For a generation, the car has been reviled by city planners, greens and not too few commuters. In the past decade, some boldly predicted the onset of “peak car” and an auto-free future which would be dominated by new developments built around transit. Yet “peak car,” like the linked concept of “peak oil” has failed to materialize.... Overall, 90 percent of Americans get to work in cars. Access to jobs represents a key factor.

CTS Blog, October 11, 2017

U of M student Elmo Elsayad reflects on urban transformation and development in Shenzhen, China, in this guest post. The post is part of a series highlighting student experiences in a 2017 study-abroad course to China coordinated by the U of M's Global Transit Innovations program.

CTS Blog, October 04, 2017

U of M student Joe Polacek shares his impressions of Nanjing, China, in this guest post on our blog. The post is part of a series highlighting student experiences in a 2017 study-abroad course to China coordinated by the U of M's Global Transit Innovations Program.

KARE-11 TV News, September 29, 2017

Minnesota Traffic Observatory director John Hourdos discusses weekend traffic congestion due to road construction projects on major routes.

ASME.org, September 28, 2017

As cycling becomes a more and more popular mode of green transportation in cities such from Portland to San Francisco, it’s safe to say that comparatively vulnerable cyclists can use all the help they can get as they seek to share the roads with SUVs and 18-wheelers. A team currently working at the University of Minnesota hopes to create a much-needed warning system to protect bicycles from motor vehicles, providing a respectful and safe transportation environment.

ConstructionDIVE, September 27, 2017

There's little question that the country's infrastructure needs more investment, and its bridges are no exception. But successfully implementing the necessary monitoring, repairs and other upgrades requires more than money.... In Minnesota, engineers are looking at the performance of an existing structure, the I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge replacement bridge. The structure was completed in September 2008, a little more than a year after the deadly collapse of its predecessor.

CTS Blog, September 26, 2017

U of M student Emilie Hitch shares her impressions of Suzhou, China, in this guest post on our blog. The post is part of a series highlighting student experiences in a 2017 study-abroad course to China coordinated by the U of M's Global Transit Innovations program.

CTS Blog, September 20, 2017

U of M student Nellie Jerome shares her impressions of Shanghai in this guest post on our blog. The post is part of a series highlighting student experiences in a 2017 study-abroad course to China coordinated by the U of M's Global Transit Innovations program.

Alpha News, September 13, 2017

Twin Cities traffic congestion has been getting worse in recent years, with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) labeling more than 23 percent of the metro area’s highways as congested. This could be a big problem in upcoming years, as that lack of free travel typically negatively impacts an area’s economy. “Traffic congestion is going to be a barrier for economic development because it creates friction among activities. It’s going to harm the economy,” Professor Jason Cao told Alpha News.

CTS Blog, September 12, 2017

This is the first in a series of guest posts by University of Minnesota students who participated in the Global Transit Innovations program's May 2017 study-abroad course to China.

StarTribune, September 09, 2017

A group of Minnesotans from government, tech and academia peered into the future of our roadways Friday at a self-driving car symposium — of sorts.... A recent University of Minnesota report estimated that fully autonomous, “Level 4” cars could hit the market by 2025.... University of Minnesota researcher Frank Douma, who studies self-driving cars, was more bullish on solving the wintry problem. "Half the country gets snow," he said. "There’s not going to be a market for these vehicles if they don’t figure it out."