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Accessibility Observatory at TRB 2019

The Accessibility Observatory team will be attending the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. next week. This post will give a quick rundown of the sessions and activity in which AO will be represented — come find us and talk

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Bicycling, Events, Public transit, Safety, Transportation research, Uncategorized

Minnesota LTAP offers demos, hands-on training at annual event

ltapdemoday2018-1422-300ppi-6016x4016About 100 individuals from local transportation agencies gathered in Bemidji last week for the Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day.

Offered annually by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), which is housed within CTS, the event focuses on education and technology exchange through classroom sessions and outdoor demonstrations. Topics covered included cargo securement, recent changes in commercial driver’s license rules, gravel road maintenance and design, and culvert management and ditch maintenance.

Posted in Events, Maintenance, Workforce development

Women in aviation take flight

mcoa-minnesotaairportsconference2018-0272-300ppi-6016x4016At this year’s Minnesota Airports Conference, held April 18-20 in Duluth, three successful women shared their experiences breaking down barriers in the aviation industry. Despite different backgrounds and career paths, these women shared the belief that they could do whatever men could do—and had the drive to push through when they were told otherwise.

In a panel discussion at the conference, the women talked about how they got started, where they found support, and what unique challenges they faced in a male-dominated field.

Posted in Aviation, Events, Uncategorized

U of M hosts autonomous bus demo on Washington Avenue Bridge

autonomousbusdemo2018-0764-300ppi-3008x2008On Monday, April 30, an innovative demonstration of a self-driving EZ10 All Electric Autonomous Bus offered free rides to students, staff, faculty, and the public across the Washington Avenue Bridge.

More than 450 people took a three-minute ride across the bridge during the demo, which was organized by the U of M’s Parking & Transportation Services, CTS, the Humphrey School’s State and Local Policy Program, the University Office of Sustainability, and First Transit, Inc.

Posted in Connected and autonomous vehicles, Events, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Intelligent vehicles, Technology

Hands-on activities introduce kids to transportation at Tech Fest

On February 24, CTS partnered with MnDOT to bring transportation-related activities to Tech Fest, an annual event held at The Works Museum in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The event, geared toward kids ages four and up, is designed to inspire interest in engineering and technology. It features hands-on activities and demos from the museum and its partners.

Posted in Education, Events

New videos demonstrate the impacts of transportation research

At our Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony today, we launched an ongoing series of videos about the impacts of research. The series will take a high-level look at recent studies, focusing on the benefits and impacts to users. The short videos feature interviews with the people who implement research—such as MnDOT and Metro Transit staff—to improve Minnesota’s transportation systems.

Posted in Bicycling, Events, Public transit, Transportation research

Symposium explores freight’s role in the on-demand revolution

E-commerce is booming as consumers increasingly shop online for convenience, price, and availability. New trends and emerging technologies are driving consumer expectations for shortened, lower-cost, more flexible delivery options. But what do those expectations mean for the freight industry? What challenges does the industry face in meeting the demands of the new on-demand economy?

Participants at the annual Freight and Logistics Symposium in December focused on finding answers to these questions as they explored freight’s integral role in the on-demand revolution.

Posted in Events, Freight

U of M researcher weighs in on future of autonomous vehicles

In January, the White Bear Chamber of Commerce hosted an event focused on the future of autonomous vehicles. CTS Scholar Frank Douma, director of the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, was one of the event’s featured experts.

In this video, which highlights the information shared at the event, Douma and others offer their insights on autonomous vehicles.

Posted in Connected and autonomous vehicles, Events, Technology

Researchers, students share work at TRB

U of M researchers shared their work in more than 35 sessions at this year’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on January 7-11. Their posters and papers covered a wide range of topics, including public transportation accessibility, autonomous vehicles, highway safety performance, bike sharing, and pavements.

In addition, 20 graduate students received travel awards to attend the meeting, where they presented research and networked with other attendees.

Posted in Events, Transportation research, Workforce development

Roadway Safety Institute seminar series begins January 18

The Roadway Safety Institute’s seminar series kicks off this week! Join us for the first seminar on January 18 to hear how University of Minnesota researchers have designed in-vehicle systems for high-risk drivers.

The series, held on Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central, features leading roadway safety researchers in a wide range of disciplines. Seminars are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about transportation safety research. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and practitioners are encouraged to attend.

Posted in Events, Safety, Transportation research
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