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CTS Spring Luncheon: Moving to Access—Is the Current Transport Model Broken?

Image of a cityscapeFor several generations, urban transportation policymakers and practitioners around the world favored a “mobility” approach, aimed at moving people and vehicles as fast as possible by reducing congestion. The limits of such an approach, however, have become more apparent over time, as residents struggle to reach workplaces, schools, hospitals, shopping, and numerous other destinations in an equitable and sustainable manner.

At the CTS Spring Luncheon, Brookings Institution fellow Adie Tomer will explore how the Institution’s new Moving to Access initiative is looking at innovative policies, tools, and techniques that can help ensure that all people—regardless of income or demography—get where they need to go.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Events

Accessibility Observatory research featured as U of M highlight from 2016

Last week, the Accessibility Observatory was featured on the University of Minnesota Inquiry blog as a highlight from a year of excellence in research in FY2016.

The post highlighted the Observatory’s new National Accessibility Evaluation Pooled-Fund Study, funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and 11 other transportation agencies across the country. As part of the $1.6 million, five-year project, Observatory staff will create a new national accessibility dataset at the Census block level that describes accessibility to jobs for both driving and transit.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Bicycling, Pedestrian, Planning, Public transit, Transportation research, Urban transportation

New report ranks accessibility to jobs by auto in top U.S. cities

nationwide_accessibility_autoA new report from the Accessibility Observatory estimates the accessibility to jobs by auto in the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States. The report also estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs in the same areas.

The report—Access Across America: Auto 2015—presents detailed accessibility and congestion impact values for each metropolitan area as well as block-level maps that illustrate the spatial patterns of accessibility within each area. It also includes a census tract-level map that shows accessibility patterns at a national scale. The report is part of the Access Across America study, which began in 2013.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Land use, Traffic data, Transportation research, Urban transportation

New video showcases CTS annual highlights

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 12.51.31 PM.pngA new video showcasing our research and education highlights over the last year debuted in April at our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Highlights include research on accessibility, jobs and transit, the national freight economy, and bridge monitoring as well as our transportation summer camp for middle schoolers.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Bridges and structures, Education, Public transit, Transportation research

CTS Scholar Ying Song receives two awards

DSC_0006(2)Congratulations to CTS Scholar Ying Song, an assistant professor in the U’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Society, who recently received two awards for her 2015 dissertation.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Environment, Planning

Ruling the road: U of M researchers working to improve transportation

trafficImagine a world without traffic jams, car crashes, or highway pileups. A future where smartphones are no longer a distraction from safe driving, but rather a safety tool. A future where it’s easier for everyone to get where they need to be, whether they’re driving, busing, biking, or hoofing it.

This future may happen sooner than later, thanks to advancements from researchers in the U’s College of Science and Engineering (CSE). These researchers are helping to make our commutes smoother, our vehicles smarter, and our destinations more accessible.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Pedestrian, Safety, Technology, Traffic data, Transportation research

Twin Cities transit service improvements helping to increase transit’s appeal over time

Light-railThe Twin Cities transit system changed dramatically between 2000 and 2010: service improvements included the launch of light-rail transit and a high-frequency bus network.

“The changes were implemented in response to growing demand and to provide long-term, high-quality service, increasing accessibility and mobility in the growing region,” says Jonathan Ehrlich, planning analyst with the Metropolitan Council.

And according to a new study by U of M researchers, the changes are working.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Planning, Public transit, Transportation research, Travel Behavior, Urban transportation
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