November 2017
Annually updated research from the U’s Accessibility Observatory ranks 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States for connecting workers with jobs via transit. According to the latest data, the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area ranks 13th nationally in access to jobs by transit, falling from 12th in last year’s rankings.
Red-light running is one of the most common and dangerous causes of crashes at signalized intersections. Now, new technology and methodologies developed at the U of M could provide traffic engineers with a low-cost, easy-to-use toolbox for identifying intersections prone to red-light running. The toolbox could help agencies prioritize intersections for safety improvements and improve signal operations.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to a multidisciplinary team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota for a new project to advance access, well-being, health, and sustainability in cities. The project will focus on multiple “smart” infrastructure sectors—water, energy, food, shelter, transportation, waste management—that converge in cities.
People experience different emotions during daily travel. Their happiness varies depending on the mode they use, trip duration, and other factors. U of M researchers are exploring how happiness could become a useful metric to assess transportation systems and guide policymaking, supplementing more common measures such as mobility and accessibility.