About 100 individuals from local transportation agencies gathered in Bemidji last week for the Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day, an event offered annually by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).
At this year’s Minnesota Airports Conference, held April 18-20 in Duluth, three successful women shared their experiences breaking down barriers in the aviation industry. Despite different backgrounds and career paths, these women shared the belief that they could do whatever men could do—and had the drive to push through when they were told otherwise.
As the rate of bicycling continues to increase in North American cities, partly in accordance with placement of better bicycling facilities, it becomes all the more important to better understand to what destinations cyclists are traveling, and the specific routes they are using to get there
Industrious maintenance personnel with the Otter Tail County Highway Department created the Otter Plow Cushion with spare parts during downtime on a cold winter day. Now, the department received a grant through the Local Operational Research Assistance (OPERA) Program to outfit more of their snowplows with the device.
U of M researchers have received funding from the Roadway Safety Institute for nine new projects focused on advancing roadway safety.
Every other day a pedestrian or cyclist is struck by a vehicle in St. Paul, and every other month someone dies. Those statistics, based on averages provided by St. Paul Police, are exactly why an enforcement effort called "Stop for Me" is happening across the city right now. In what has become an annual effort, police officers are targeting different intersections this spring to identify drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians. This year, the effort is bolstered by research at the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies.
On Monday, April 30, an innovative demonstration of a self-driving EZ10 All Electric Autonomous Bus offered free rides to students, staff, faculty, and the public across the Washington Avenue Bridge.
A 12-passenger autonomous bus traveled on a pre-mapped route on the Washington Avenue Bridge at the University of Minnesota Monday, allowing passengers to experience self-driving technology. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has been studying this autonomous bus since December to see how the vehicle responds to winter weather and to different locations, like a college campus. ... Frank Douma, the University’s director of the state and local policy program, said the technology could make roads safer.
Annually updated research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs for the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States. The new rankings are part of the Access Across America study, which began in 2013. The rankings 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.
A MnDOT program encouraging standing corn rows along rural highways in Minnesota is making those highways safer in the winter. For example, farmers who joined together to keep 4.5 miles of standing corn rows along Highway 169 just south of Belle Plaine found that the corn kept at least four feet of snow off the road and ditches this winter. MnDOT has sponsored several U of M research studies into snow control solutions like standing corn rows, including a cost-benefit calculator to help MnDOT calculate the ROI for various snow-control solutions.
Last week Gov. Mark Dayton created a 15-member advisory council to study how driverless cars will affect Minnesota. This technology will affect not just drivers, but also the way cities are designed, according to Frank Douma, director of the State and Local Policy Program at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In an age of driverless cars, he predicts, cities will become more walkable, parking lots and ramps will be replaced with residential buildings and car ownership itself could become a thing of the past.
Last month, the University of Minnesota released a new report outlining its economic impact on the state of Minnesota. Among the report’s findings: the U of M contributes more than $8.6 billion a year in economic activity. One section of the report also explores how outreach and engagement efforts at the U help to strengthen Minnesota—and cites CTS as an example
On February 24, CTS partnered with MnDOT to bring transportation-related activities to Tech Fest, an annual event held at The Works Museum in Bloomington, Minnesota.
As part of the Sustainable Healthy Citiesnetwork, Humphrey School researchers are attempting to provide the analyses needed to understand the effects of decisions cities have already made as well as envision what cities might do in the future.
In January, the White Bear Chamber of Commerce hosted an event focused on the future of autonomous vehicles. CTS Scholar Frank Douma, director of the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, was one of the event’s featured experts.
CTS Scholars in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs are testing their ideas for how we can make infrastructure work better to support healthier and happier cities.
University of Minnesota researchers recently completed a traffic data and performance analysis of the I-405 tolled corridor in Washington State.
Each winter, state departments of transportation work to improve safety and efficiency on their highways while mitigating environmental impacts. In particular, a growing effort targets the negative effects of chlorides from salt use. However, since salt remains so cost-effective it continues as a staple in winter maintenance efforts, along with fleets of snowplows. Throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, though, various strategies and technologies help make the most of available resources.
At the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, researchers with the Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness (TPEC) Program have mapped the movement of the grain supply chain on Minnesota roads. Now, they're turning their attention to Minnesota's medical industry.
U of M researchers shared their work in more than 35 sessions at this year’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on January 7-11.
U of M researchers have received funding from MnDOT and the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) for 17 new projects beginning this summer.
To make decisions regarding mass transportation, road conditions and construction, and traffic routes, metropolitan areas use data regarding the travel habits of their inhabitants. Up until now, data in this field has been hard to get and slowly produced, but researchers from the University of Minnesota have broken through with a smartphone application that conveniently and cost-effectively collects this data.
The Roadway Safety Institute’s seminar series kicks off Thursday, January 18. The series, held on Thursdays throughout spring semester from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central, features leading roadway safety researchers in a wide range of disciplines. Seminars are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about transportation safety research. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and practitioners are encouraged to attend.
Mark Seeley is fascinated by anything to do with the weather. As a University of Minnesota professor and Extension Service climatologist, he has become the go-to source. Asked what he’s proudest of from his 40 years at the U, Seeley lists three things. Among them, what he calls “living snow fences,” strategically placed areas of mixed perennial vegetation that interrupt wind flow and prevent drifts from forming on highways. “Road engineers are still using them,” he said. “Anytime you produce something that is still being used 20 years later, that makes you feel good.”
At a roundtable held by the U’s Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness Program, speakers discussed trends in grain and medical-sector supply chains and the implications for freight transportation policy and investments.
A new report released Wednesday suggests traffic could move at faster speeds in the I-405 toll lanes if the state charged higher rates in the most congested periods of the daily commutes. It recommends lifting the cap on the maximum toll, which now sits at $10, and charging by segment instead of letting drivers lock in a single toll rate for the entire 17-mile corridor between Lynnwood and Bellevue. And it says the state should fix the math used to set rates so higher tolls are charged sooner to more closely match actual traffic conditions.
University of Minnesota faculty and researchers will be presenting in a variety of workshops and sessions at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC, January 7-11, 2018.
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.