2019 CTS Transportation Research Conference


November 7 , 2019

About the Event

Overhead image of U of M East Bank campus, with Minneapolis skyline in the distancePhoto: University of Minnesota The conference convenes researchers and practitioners from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest to highlight new learning, emerging ideas, and the latest innovations in transportation. Attendees learned about research findings, implementation efforts, and engagement activities related to a variety of transportation topics.

Conference Materials

Plenary Sessions

Opening Session: Transport and Urban Governance in a Platform-Driven World

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 this presentation, Kevin Webb explored what we can learn from the history of airline and utilities regulation—as well as retail and consumer finance platforms—and how these lessons can help us manage emerging digital layers of the public realm.

Following Webb’s presentation, a panel of Minnesota leaders and experts shared perspectives on managing digital data in today’s complex transportation industry.

Luncheon Session: Aerotropolis—Shaping Transportation and Regional Development into the Future

The “aerotropolis” is an urban form where cities are built around airports, speedily connecting time-sensitive suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and businesspeople to distant customers, clients, and marketplaces. This presentation featured the aerotropolis model, its economic rationale, and how it can bring competitive advantages to firms and municipalities in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region and to the entire state.


Conference attendees are eligible for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) maintenance credits.