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Klobuchar visit highlights U of M distracted driving research

Klobuchar distracted driving event

CTS and the Roadway Safety Institute today hosted U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar with Minnesota high school students, safety leaders, researchers, and advocates to highlight the dangers of distracted driving.

Klobuchar was joined by Donna Berger, director, Office of Traffic Safety, Minnesota Department of Public Safety; Vijay Dixit, a leading distraction-free driving advocate and chair of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation; Greg LaVallee, a driving safety advocate from Otsego, Minnesota; student representatives of distraction-free driving clubs at Edina and Eden Prairie high schools; Nichole Morris, principal researcher, HumanFIRST Lab, University of Minnesota; Max Donath, director, Roadway Safety Institute, University of Minnesota; and Laurie McGinnis, director, University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies.

Following remarks, the group toured the University’s HumanFIRST Lab, which uses the tools and methods of psychology and human factors engineering to better understand driver performance. High school students from two of the distraction-free driving clubs launched by the Dixit Foundation took turns behind the wheel of the lab’s state-of-the art immersive driving simulator, which is used for researching driver distraction and impairment.

Posted in Events, Safety

Algorithm helps transit agencies schedule reserve drivers

Metro Transit buses

More than Metro Transit buses 25 percent of a typical transit agency’s bus drivers do not have regular work assignments. These reserve drivers cover work resulting from both planned and unplanned work assignment changes.

A dispatcher assigns planned open work to reserve drivers a day in advance, but unplanned work is assigned as it becomes available without knowledge of which pieces of work may become available later that day—giving rise to the challenging problem of online interval scheduling.

Making assignment decisions is a balancing act that requires choosing between reserve operators or regular operators receiving overtime pay. To help address this trade-off, U of M researchers designed an algorithm that increases the amount of work covered by same-day reserve drivers.

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Posted in Economics, Planning, Public transit, Workforce development

New modeling for bike and ped traffic to improve planning and safety

bicyclist in downtown Minneapolis trafficGiving people more options to bike or walk to their destinations has been a high priority for transportation planners in recent years. But as the number of pedestrians and bicyclists using the transportation system increases, so does the potential for serious—or even deadly—crashes involving these high-risk road users.

“To best prevent bicycle and pedestrian crashes, transportation planners need a better idea of how many people are using nonmotorized transportation and what their exposure to risk is,” says Greg Lindsey, a professor in the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and researcher at the Roadway Safety Institute.

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Posted in Bicycling, Land use, Planning, Public transit, Safety, Traffic data, Traffic operations, Transportation research, Travel Behavior

Census report looks at U.S. commuting patterns; U of M report analyzes Twin Cities’ patterns

Evening Skyline, Minneapolis

A recent report issued by the U.S. Census Bureau looks at commuting patterns by U.S. workers in 2013 using data from the American Community Survey. It highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by key population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, and the types of communities in which workers live.

You can also find an extensive analysis of commuting behavior that was produced locally. In a recent multifaceted study sponsored by the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, U of M researchers analyzed travel behavior over time in the Twin Cities.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Economics, Land use, Planning, Transportation research, Travel Behavior, Urban transportation

UM, Access to Fun #9: The Depot

UM, Access to Fun #9: The Depot [Episode 9]

Welcome to Episode 9 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, Josh takes to the ice at the historic Depot, just off the Green Line in downtown Minneapolis.

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Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Pedestrian, Public transit, Uncategorized, Urban transportation

UM, Access to Fun #8: Foshay Tower

UM, Access to Fun #8: Foshay Tower [Episode 8]

Welcome to Episode 8 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, Josh takes the Green Line to downtown Minneapolis for a short walk to the historic 32-story Foshay Tower.

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Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Pedestrian, Public transit, Urban transportation

UM, Access to Fun #7: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

UM, Access to Fun: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden [Episode 7]

Welcome to Episode 7 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, Josh hops a Nice Ride bike to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden near the Walker Art Center.

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Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Pedestrian, Public transit, Urban transportation
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