May 2017 Catalyst

May 2017
Speeding is by far the leading factor in fatal crashes in the U.S.—equivalent to the use of drugs, alcohol, medication, and distracted driving combined. Although automated speed enforcement (ASE) is a promising countermeasure, the idea remains contentious. To chart a possible path to its deployment, U of M researchers have published a new study focusing on ASE in Minnesota.
Richard P. Braun, the founding director of CTS and a champion of transportation innovation, died April 11 at the age of 91. Braun served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation from 1979–86. He also held a variety of high-level positions with state and national organizations.
When drivers approach a roadway work zone at high speeds, they put the lives of work-zone flaggers at risk. To keep flaggers safe on the job, U of M researchers are looking for better ways to capture drivers’ attention—and compel them to slow down—as they approach flagger-controlled work zones. This work has included identifying and testing new work-zone warning elements to more effectively capture and sustain driver attention.
Transportation funding comes from all levels of government. Funding that is directly generated by local taxes and fees stays in corresponding local jurisdictions (counties, cities, and townships, for example). Federal and state transportation funding, however, is allocated through certain budgetary procedures and may not be used in the original point of collection. How are these transportation funds redistributed in Minnesota? An analysis from U of M researchers offers new perspectives.
Publication Credits 

Publisher/Director: Laurie McGinnis
Catalyst Editors: Pamela Snopl, Christine Anderson
Contributing Editors: Amy Friebe, Michael McCarthy
Designer: Angela Kronebusch
Freelance Writer: Megan Tsai