Minnesota’s quality of life depends on transportation. That was true 30 years ago, when CTS was established, and it’s true today.
CTS has been a catalyst for innovation in all facets of transportation: traffic flow and safety; pavements, bridges, and other infrastructure; planning and economic issues; the environment and energy; and more.
Much progress has been made. Practitioners have new tools and techniques to improve transportation systems, and policymakers and elected officials have objective data to inform their decisions and guide priorities.
But much work still needs to be done, and our world is changing rapidly. How will people travel in 2050, or five years from now, given new technologies? What’s needed to maintain a competitive economy? How do we meet today’s challenges and stay ahead of the curve?
There’s no crystal ball. But research can help us understand our changing world and best meet public needs.
To celebrate our first 30 years, CTS will look back at highlights of our research, education, and engagement accomplishments and share them in Catalyst, here on our blog, and through other means. We’ll show how research progresses over time to lead to new knowledge, which in turn becomes the innovation that makes transportation better.
And as always, we’ll continue to report on the full array of new projects and activities as we keep moving forward.