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Travel awards help students share research, build connections

Travel background airCTS and the Roadway Safety Institute provided 21 U of M graduate students with travel awards to attend the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in January. The travel awards allow students interested in transportation to learn about the latest transportation research and network with professionals.

Some of the students also shared their research in poster and lectern presentations. This year’s student presenters included 2017 CTS student award winners Jingru Gao, Mengying Cui, and Jueyu Wang.

Posted in Education, Transportation research

Equity of bike share in Minneapolis–St. Paul

Last semester, 39 students in the U’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program explored ways to integrate a Minneapolis neighborhood—the North Loop—into the sharing economy. Located just north of downtown in the Warehouse Historic District, the neighborhood has experienced revitalization and increasing property values in recent years. In the class, student teams created 13 proposals on topics such as parking reallocation and walkability.

This guest post, written by three students in the course, highlights their work related to bike sharing and equity.


As cities across the U.S.—from college towns to major urban centers—have introduced bike sharing into their mix of transportation options, elected officials, advocacy organizations, and social justice groups are raising questions about equity. Racial segregation and disparities continue to plague U.S. cities, and people are rightfully questioning whether bike sharing combats, perpetuates, or has little effect on these challenges. At the center of the conversation around bike sharing and equity are two questions: (1) What is the purpose of bike sharing? and (2) Who is bike sharing intended to serve?

We interrogated these questions for our final project in our Land-Use Planning course, taught by Fernando Burga, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. With a focus on Minneapolis-St. Paul’s nonprofit Nice Ride bike sharing system, we examined the location of bike sharing stations in relation to demographic and economic data.

Posted in Bicycling, Education, Sharing economy, Transportation research, Urban transportation

Transportation summer camp scheduled for July 17-28

nstiThis July, CTS will once again host the National Summer Transportation Institute for students entering grades 7-9.

The free, two-week program introduces kids to transportation topics and aims to spark their interest in science, engineering, and transportation careers.

Posted in Education

Transportation Connections in Brooklyn park

sharedusephoto-300x199Car to Go. Hour Car. Uber. Lyft. Nice Ride. These and other “shared-use mobility” options are making their way into more cities across the country, including RCP’s partner community, Brooklyn Park. As the City prepares for the arrival of light-rail transportation (LRT) service and evaluates options for improving mobility for residents without access to an automobile, it is considering whether—and how—to integrate such services into its transportation planning.

As a suburban community, Brooklyn Park is nowhere near as dense as Minneapolis or St. Paul. This has created challenges for the City in thinking about how to include services like Hour Car or Uber as solutions to current transportation needs. They may not seem like an obvious choice for a suburb, but through robust community engagement efforts, City staff learned that residents were interested in more shared-use mobility alternatives. The City is now considering such options as a larger, targeted investment in transportation.

Posted in Education, Pedestrian, Planning, Public transit, Sharing economy, Transportation research, Urban transportation

Students enhance skills, explore careers in summer internships

cts-mndotinterns-2016-bolton-1195-240ppi-4928x3264Mumble strips, bridges and waterways, surveying, pavement construction, and highway noise sampling are just a few of the topic areas explored by students in this year’s Summer Transportation Internship Program.

The program, offered jointly by CTS and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), allows U of M civil engineering undergrads to gain real-world experience in transportation and hone their professional skills.

Posted in Education, Workforce development

Students discover transportation topics, careers at National Summer Transportation Institute

dsc_1841Twenty-seven students got a hands-on introduction to transportation at the second annual CTS-hosted National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) in July. The interactive two-week day camp, open to students entering grades 7–9, featured classroom and lab sessions with transportation experts as well as field trips to facilities across the Twin Cities.

Throughout the program, NSTI campers learned about a wide range of transportation topics and careers, including safety, trucking, aviation, transit, and human factors. Other activities included an extensive tour of the U of M campus and sessions on public speaking and career decision making.

Posted in Education, Events

Roadway Safety Institute seminar series begins September 8

The Roadway Safety Institute’s seminar series returns this Thursday, September 8. Seminars will be held most Thursdays from 3–4 p.m. throughout the fall semester on the U of M’s east bank campus.

Seminars cover a wide range of disciplines and are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about transportation safety research. Can’t attend in person? Watch live online—or later at your convenience.

Posted in Education, Events, Safety
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