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University of Minnesota News, October 24, 2018

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. “Rather than focusing on how congestion affects individual travelers,” explained Andrew Owen, director of the Observatory, “our approach quantifies the overall impact that congestion has on the potential for interaction within urban areas.”

University of Minnesota News, October 24, 2018

According to the latest data, the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area ranks 7th nationally in access to jobs by auto. The study reports that the average worker traveling by auto in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro can reach 875,049 jobs within 30 minutes. Total employment in the metro area is 1,794,806 (14th nationally). Minneapolis–Saint Paul ranks 28th in lost access to jobs because of traffic congestion. The average worker traveling by auto in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro can reach 26 percent fewer jobs within 30 minutes during congested periods. “Rather than focusing on how congestion affects individual travelers,” explained Andrew Owen, director of the Observatory, “our approach quantifies the overall impact that congestion has on the potential for interaction within urban areas.”

University of Minnesota News, October 05, 2018

The University of Minnesota announced today that it has received a $1.75 million grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the NSF's Smart & Connected Communities grant program. The University of Minnesota’s project is one of only 13 projects chosen by NSF nationwide. The grant, entitled Leveraging Autonomous Shared Vehicles for Greater Community Health, Equity, Livability, and Prosperity (HELP), supports fundamental research on a critical challenge facing many cities and communities—how to leverage the emergence of self-driving vehicles, also known as autonomous vehicles, to rethink and redesign future transportation services and enable smart and connected communities where everyone benefits. CTS scholars Saif Benjaafar, Tom Fisher, and Yingling Fan are quoted.

University of Minnesota CSE News, October 05, 2018

The University of Minnesota announced today that it has received a $1.75 million grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the NSF's Smart & Connected Communities grant program. The University of Minnesota’s project is one of only 13 projects chosen by NSF nationwide. The grant, entitled Leveraging Autonomous Shared Vehicles for Greater Community Health, Equity, Livability, and Prosperity (HELP), supports fundamental research on a critical challenge facing many cities and communities—how to leverage the emergence of self-driving vehicles, also known as autonomous vehicles, to rethink and redesign future transportation services and enable smart and connected communities where everyone benefits. CTS scholars Saif Benjaafar, Tom Fisher, and Yingling Fan are quoted.

University of Minnesota News, September 13, 2018

Transportation infrastructure that encourages bicycling without interfering with traffic flow or exceeding budgets is a key issue for many state and local governments. Ensuring the safety of bicyclists is a central part of this challenge. University of Minnesota graduate students Josh Pansch, Isaac Evans and Lila Singer-Berk studied the factors that affect vehicle passing distance (VPD) on different bicycle facilities across Hennepin County. They were supervised by Greg Lindsey, professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Center for Transportation Studies Roadway Safety Institute scholar.

University of Minnesota News, June 27, 2018

According to the latest data, the Minneapolis metropolitan area ranks 13th nationally in access to jobs by transit, unchanged from 13th in last year’s rankings. The study reports that the average worker in the Minneapolis metro can reach 18,029 jobs within 30 minutes traveling by transit. Overall, workers in the metro can reach an average of 7.0 percent more jobs by transit than a year ago, the 9th highest change in transit accessibility among the metropolitan areas we analyzed. Total employment in the metro area has increased slightly to nearly 1.8 million jobs.

University of Minnesota News, June 27, 2018

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.

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. Though rankings of the top 10 metro areas for job accessibility by transit remain unchanged from the previous year, new data comparing changes within each of the 49 largest U.S. metros over one year helped researchers identify the places with the greatest increases in access to jobs by transit. Cincinnati and Charlotte improved more than 11 percent. Seattle, which ranks 8th for job accessibility by transit, improved nearly 11 percent. In all, 36 of the 49 largest metros showed increases in job accessibility by transit.

University of Minnesota News, January 05, 2017

New 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 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.

University of Minnesota News, September 20, 2016

New 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.

University of Minnesota News, June 28, 2016

According to a new University of Minnesota study, the mismatch between unemployed workers and job vacancies is a serious problem in the Twin Cities region and it appears to have worsened since the turn of the millennium. The biggest concentrations of unemployed workers lack fast or frequent transit service to some of the richest concentrations of job vacancies, particularly vacancies in the south and southwest metro.

CTS, May 18, 2016

With this issue, the Journal of Transport and Land Use enters its ninth volume (and many articles from volume 10 can be found online under Forthcoming). Many of the articles in the issues in this and next volume were selected from papers presented at the 2014 World Symposium on Transport Land Use Research in Delft, the Netherlands.

University of Minnesota News, March 21, 2016

Truck drivers who fail to adhere to treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a fivefold increase in the risk of serious, preventable crashes, according to a new study led by University of Minnesota Morris faculty, staff, and student researchers and supported by the Roadway Safety Institute at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. This is the largest study of sleep apnea and crash risk among commercial motor vehicle drivers to date. UMM professor Stephen Burks is leading the study.

University of Minnesota News, March 09, 2016

A newly published University of Minnesota analysis of a program for Minneapolis high school students to use public transportation instead of traditional yellow school buses has found a range of benefits—from better student attendance to financial savings to reduced vehicle mileage and emissions.

Center for Transportation Studies, November 20, 2015

The Center for Transportation Studies is pleased to announce that Journal of Transport and Land Use is now indexed in Social Sciences Citation Index and Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences from Thomson Reuters.

University of Minnesota News, July 24, 2015

The University of Minnesota Accessibility Observatory is partnering with TomTom to create a national dataset that studies and illustrates accessibility to jobs by automobiles and mass transit throughout the country.

University of Minnesota Accessibility Observatory, October 07, 2014

New research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota ranks 46 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States for accessibility to jobs by transit.

Center for Transportation Studies, June 11, 2014

The newly opened Metro Transit Green Line LRT runs from Target Field in Minneapolis through the heart of the University of Minnesota campus to Union Depot in St. Paul. The U of M is a major destination along the new line.

Center for Transportation Studies, May 03, 2014

CTS Director Laurie McGinnis provides a statement on the news of the death of Congressman James L. Oberstar last night.

UMNews, September 30, 2013

In a national competition held by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) at the University of Minnesota has been selected to lead a new $10.4 million regional University Transportation Center consortium focused on improving transportation safety.

Center for Transportation Studies, August 20, 2013

A new research study is recommending ways to make it easier for developers and employers to select sites that encourage living-wage jobs and mixed-income housing near transit.

Center for Transportation Studies, April 04, 2013

The new study Access Across America goes beyond congestion rankings to focus on accessibility: a measure that examines both land use and the transportation system. The study is the first systematic comparison of trends in accessibility to jobs by car within the United States.

UMNews, January 12, 2012

A new transit-related study led by University of Minnesota assistant professor Yingling Fan finds that encouraging employers to locate near Minnesota’s new transitways is especially important for the region’s economic future. The greatest accessibility benefits can be realized by seeking both employers and housing for development near transitways.

UMNews, January 12, 2012

Using research from the University of Minnesota, the company Drive Power, LLC, aims to change grim statistics for teen drivers involved in crashes by introducing DriveScribe, a revolutionary mobile app that encourages safe driving habits and provides real-time coaching to novice drivers. The technology was developed by University mechanical engineering department researchers through research funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the ITS Institute.

UMNews, March 12, 2009

With nearly $48 billion in federal stimulus money dedicated to transportation, repairing and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure is a key priority of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. While the goal of the act is to create jobs and improve infrastructure, the recent interdisciplinary research study “Moving Communities Forward” conducted by CTS for Congress found that well-designed transportation projects have the ability to transform communities.

UMNews, November 20, 2008

Preliminary results of the University of Minnesota's independent academic study of the I-35W bridge collapse suggest that lack of robustness in the bridge's original design, additional load from bridge improvements over the years, weight from construction materials and stresses induced by temperature changes contributed to the collapse of the I-35W bridge on Aug. 1, 2007.

UMNews, July 22, 2008

UM News Service video: To reach greenhouse gas goals, U of M researchers say action must start now

UMNews, February 19, 2008

University of Minnesota junior Rachel Gaulke has built a replica model of the collapsed I-35W bridge to be presented to the National Transportation Safety Board for further investigation.

UMNews, December 18, 2007

University of Minnesota researcher Mick Rakauskas has surveyed drivers in Minnesota and discovered that rural drivers are practicing as many common safety precautions on the road as their urban counterparts.

UMNews, September 15, 2007

A new class at the University of Minnesota takes a look at the I-35W tragedy from all angles.