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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 (access to destinations), Intelligent vehicles, Planning, Technology, Urban transportation

Green Line LRT: accessibility impacts in Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Sunday, June 14, marks the one-year anniversary of the start of service on the Twin Cities’ Green Line LRT route. At the Accessibility Observatory, we like to celebrate transportation anniversaries the way we wish everyone would: with a detailed evaluation of access to destinations.

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

New video highlights how U of M transportation research makes a difference

CTS aired a new video—”How does University of Minnesota research make a difference?”—at our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on April 6. The video highlights research initiatives from 2014-2015, including projects focused on flashing left-turn signals at intersections, “self-healing” pavement, and transit amenities.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Environment, Freight, Infrastructure, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Land use, Pavements, Planning, Public transit, Technology, Transportation research, Travel Behavior, Urban transportation

Travel behavior study shows drivers are spending less time traveling and more time at home

travelbehaviorSomething unprecedented has happened to Americans’ travel patterns. Even before the recent recession, total distance traveled per person had started to decline, and the rate of total vehicle travel had begun to steadily decrease as well.

In a new five-part series of research reports sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Council, U of M researchers are delving into a set of rich data encompassing more than four decades of travel behavior surveys to enable the region’s transportation planners to better understand how its residents make decisions about whether, when, where, and why to travel.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Planning, Transportation research, Travel Behavior

Accessibility Observatory at TRB 2015

Staff from the Accessibility Observatory will be in Washington, DC, next week for the 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. We’d love to discuss our recent national transit accessibility report, our detailed transit accessibility datasets, plans for annual accessibility data updates, and pretty much anything else about accessibility analysis. We hope to see you there!

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Transportation research

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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