October 2014 Catalyst

October 2014
A new report from the University of Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory examines the accessibility to jobs by transit in 46 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States. The report presents detailed accessibility values for each metropolitan area, as well as block-level maps that illustrate the spatial patterns of accessibility within each area. “This project provides the most detailed evaluation to date of access to jobs by transit,” says Andrew Owen, Observatory director. “We directly compare the transit accessibility performance of America’s largest metropolitan areas.”
As part of the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative, researchers from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs are continuing to work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to count and monitor bike and pedestrian traffic in Minnesota. In the latest phase of the initiative, the team is encouraging cities, counties, and other local agencies to get involved in counting efforts. The researchers are also testing and evaluating the use of five different counting technologies.
Though several effective countermeasures have been developed for twists and turns on flat terrain, vertical curves on rural roadways do not yet have such treatments. To fill this void, a new approach using chevron warning signs is being considered in Washington County, Minnesota. To help determine the effectiveness of the new countermeasure, researchers at the Minnesota Traffic Observatory set out to develop a new radar-based data collection system that can easily collect vehicle trajectory data for analysis.
In the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area, Metro Transit uses a proof-of-payment system with barrier-free stations. Metro Transit police officers enforce compliance by riding select trains and checking proof of payment. In a new study, a University of Minnesota research team analyzed current data to provide new insights into fare compliance on the Blue Line (Hiawatha) light-rail transit corridor and other proof-of-payment transit systems.
Publication Credits 

Publisher/DirectorLaurie McGinnis

Managing EditorPamela Snopl

EditorsChristine Anderson, Amy Friebe, Michael McCarthy

DesignerAngela Kronebusch

Freelance WriterMegan Tsai