September 2019
Shared mobility is transforming transportation in major urban cities. Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are popular and growing rapidly, but they also create challenges for policymakers and planners, especially in transportation decision making. In response to these new challenges, state and local governments are regulating ride hailing and imposing a variety of taxes and fees on service providers and users. In a new study, U of M researchers analyzed these taxes and fees in cities across the US.
In American Indian reservations and communities, motor vehicle crash (MVC) fatalities remain a serious concern. Vehicle crashes are one of the highest causes of injuries to American Indian and Alaskan Native populations, and their MVC fatality rate is the highest of any US ethnic or racial group. To understand and address this high-stakes issue, an exploratory study conducted by Roadway Safety Institute researchers considers one potential factor in the high fatality rate: the quality of emergency medical services for MVCs in American Indian reservations and communities.
Registration is open for the annual CTS Transportation Research Conference, which will be held November 7 in Minneapolis. The opening plenary will focus on “Transport and Urban Governance in a Platform-Driven World,” while the luncheon will look at “Aerotropolis: Shaping Transportation and Regional Development into the Future.”
Lauren Linderman, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, studies smart technology applications in two broad categories: monitoring the stability and performance of structures and buildings, and limiting their response—in hopes of minimizing injury and damage—in catastrophic events like earthquakes. She discusses her research and big-picture goals in a recent U of M publication.