At our Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony today, we launched an ongoing series of videos about the impacts of research. The series will take a high-level look at recent studies, focusing on the benefits and impacts to users. The short videos feature interviews with the people who implement research—such as MnDOT and Metro Transit staff—to improve Minnesota’s transportation systems.
The first video talks about an initiative that led to improved methods for monitoring and assessing bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The overall goal is to help local jurisdictions as they plan and invest in infrastructure. Professor Greg Lindsey of the Humphrey School of Affairs led the research efforts.
The second video discusses how transit shelters and other amenities can change riders’ perceptions of wait times. A shelter can make the wait seem shorter, for example, whereas for women, unsafe conditions can make the wait seem longer. The findings help agencies plan, market, and evaluate service. The principal investigator was Associate Professor Yingling Fan of the Humphrey School.