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Research shows Green Line spurred economic activity

35234Researchers at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs have found a definite link between the construction of the Green Line and economic development activity along its route.

In a CTS-funded study, CTS Scholar Jason Cao and researcher Dean Porter-Nelson looked at real estate development plans along the Green Line in the years before it began operating.

They found that as soon as final funding plans came together in 2011, applications for building permits along the Green line increased significantly, compared to permit applications for new construction and remodeling along existing transit routes.

Posted in Economics, Planning, Public transit, Transportation research

U of M researchers join new Freight Mobility Research Institute

Trucks in highway trafficUniversity of Minnesota researchers at the Minnesota Traffic Observatory will work to improve the mobility of people and goods across the nation as part of the new Freight Mobility Research Institute, a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded in 2016.

Led by Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the Institute will receive $1.4 million per year from the United States Department of Transportation for five years. A combined match from state and private-sector sources will bring the award to more than $10 million in total. In addition to FAU and the U of M, Institute members include the University of Florida, Portland State University, Hampton University, the University of Memphis, and Texas A&M University (College Station).

Posted in Economics, Freight, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Technology, Traffic data, Transportation research

Bicycling industry, events have economic impact in Minnesota

bicycling1The bicycling industry in Minnesota—including manufacturing, wholesaling, retail sales, and non-profits and advocacy groups—produced an estimated total of $780 million of economic activity in 2014. This includes 5,519 jobs and $209 million in annual labor income (wages, salaries, and benefits) paid to Minnesota workers.

These findings are an important component of a multifaceted report from U of M researchers. Their research, funded by MnDOT, provides a comprehensive understanding of the economic impact and health effects of bicycling in Minnesota.

Posted in Bicycling, Economics, Transportation research

Humphrey School research links economic development and transportation planning

shutterstock_339289595.jpgA newly published article in the journal Community Development highlights work on transportation and economic competitiveness conducted by Humphrey School researchers.

Article authors Lee Munnich, senior fellow, and Frank Douma, director of the State and Local Policy Program, outline how their team worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Minnesota Department of Administration, and University of Minnesota Extension to develop and implement a unique approach linking economic development and transportation planning. Their work has focused on getting manufacturers’ perspectives on transportation issues as part of regional transportation decision making.

Posted in Economics, Freight, Infrastructure, Planning, Transportation research

Lee Munnich wins U of M President’s Award for Outstanding Service

munnich_lee_2014Congratulations to CTS Scholar Lee Munnich, who was recently selected to receive the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service. The award is presented annually by President Eric Kaler to recognize faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service and commitment to the U of M.

Munnich, a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, led the State and Local Policy Program for 25 years before retiring in 2015. He now teaches and conducts research part time. His work focuses on transportation’s role in the community, congestion pricing, rural transportation safety, and economic competitiveness.

Posted in Economics, Transportation research

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

National Freight Economy Atlas illustrates freight flows

freightFreight rail has a profound effect on the economic vitality and competitiveness of Minnesota and, in particular, some of its most important industries. To better understand freight flows and foster the growth of freight infrastructure, U of M researchers are creating a new online platform—the National Freight Economy Atlas.

The project is a combined effort of the U’s Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness Program (TPEC), Esri (a geographic information systems company), and the Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University. Additional funding for the project was provided by BNSF Railway.

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Posted in Economics, Freight, Infrastructure, Planning, Technology
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