Selecting the right bus for the right route helps improve fuel efficiency

Photo of one of Metro Transit's advanced hybrid buses

As part of a continuing effort to improve efficiency and reduce emissions in transit buses, U of M researchers are conducting a study designed to help Metro Transit select the right bus for the right route.

The research team, led by mechanical engineering professors David Kittelson and Will Northrop, is analyzing and comparing the performance of advanced hybrid buses, standard hybrid buses, and conventional diesel buses on three types of routes.

Posted in Environment, Public transit, Transportation research, Urban transportation

Roadway Safety Institute seminar series begins September 10

The Roadway Safety Institute will kick off its safety-focused seminar series on September 10 in Minneapolis. Seminars will be held Thursdays from 3–4 p.m. throughout the fall semester on the U of M’s east bank campus. The free seminars, which will also be streamed live on the web, will feature the latest work of Institute researchers and other industry experts.

Hope to see you there!

Posted in Events, Safety

New book: The End of Traffic and the Future of Transport

51soqNnHkAL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_A new book by Professor David Levinson, RP Braun/CTS Chair in the U of M’s Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, is now available on Amazon.

In the The End of Traffic and the Future of Transport, Levinson and co-author Kevin J. Krizek at the University of Colorado Boulder propose that traffic—as most people have come to know it—is ending and explain why.

Posted in Accessibility, Intelligent vehicles, Planning, Technology, Urban transportation

Engaging the next generation of the transportation workforce

cts-nsti-2015-0368-72ppi-3264x2448In July, CTS introduced the next generation of the workforce to transportation topics and careers during a two-week summer program. Thirty students entering seventh through ninth grade attended the CTS-hosted National Summer Transportation Institute, where they got hands-on experience with topics ranging from distracted driving to aeronautics to traffic management.

Posted in Education

Transit shelters and other amenities affect perceived wait times

bus_shelterWork by U of M researchers on how we perceive wait times at transit stops and stations—and how to make those waits feel shorter—was highlighted today by The Atlantic. The study compared transit riders’ actual and self-estimated waiting times at 36 light rail, commuter rail, and bus rapid transit stations, bus transit centers, and curbside bus stops in the Twin Cities.

Posted in Pedestrian, Planning, Public transit, Transportation research, Urban transportation

Taking Stock of Minnesota’s Long-term Transportation Investment

What matters in transportation improvement is not just the money spent in one single year, but also the accumulated amounts invested over a long period of time. With data available through the Minnesota Transportation Finance Database, Jerry Zhao develops two

Posted in Minnesota Transportation Finance Database

The Panama Canal expansion: myths and misconceptions surround economic impacts

In early 2016, an estimated $6.2 billion project will conclude with the opening of a new set of locks enabling the Panama Canal to handle larger ships, which has triggered many expectations about the potential impacts on global trade, in particular for ports on the American East Coast.

The common belief is that the expansion will bring additional traffic and economic opportunities—but many experts disagree. In the luncheon session of the CTS Transportation Research Conference on May 20, Hofstra University professor of global studies and geography Jean-Paul Rodrigue outlined the controversy surrounding this multi-billion dollar transportation project.

Posted in Freight, Infrastructure, Planning
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