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CTS Research Conference to explore funding, policy innovation

In November, CTS will conclude our 30th anniversary celebration at the annual Transportation Research Conference. The one-day event will celebrate CTS’s first 30 years and explore what comes next by presenting new learning, emerging ideas, and the latest innovations in transportation.

The conference will be held November 2 at the Commons Hotel on the U of M east bank campus. Plenary sessions will explore how we pay for transportation infrastructure and highlight transportation policy innovation.

Posted in 30th anniversary, Events, Transportation research

Moving from mobility to accessibility

Road winding through the landscape of a city, including businesses, homes, and trees.For several generations, transportation policymakers and practitioners have favored a “mobility” approach, aimed at moving people and vehicles as fast as possible by reducing congestion. However, the limits of this approach 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.

Researchers have been able to define this challenge more precisely and elevate the importance of “accessibility” over the past few decades, but the adoption of new policies, tools, and investments by practitioners remains slow and uneven across most regions. During CTS’s 2017 Spring Luncheon presentation, Brookings Institution fellow Adie Tomer offered highlights from the institution’s Moving to Access Initiative, which visualizes challenges of the current mobility model, impediments to adopting an accessibility-focused approach, and a vision for where metro areas can go from here.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Events, Land use, Planning

More diversity but fewer workers among expected population changes

We’re in a period of rapid demographic change—and that will have significant implications for Minnesota’s workforce, including in the transportation industry.

As Minnesota’s population continues to age for the next two decades, its emerging workforce will be more racially and ethnically diverse than those retiring. In a session at the Minnesota Airports Conference this spring, Peter Mathison with the Wilder Foundation shared these and other insights on Minnesota’s current population make-up and predictions of where it’s headed in the next 20 years.

Posted in Aviation, Events, Workforce development

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

Share your work at the 2017 CTS Research Conference

If you have completed or participated in an innovative research, implementation, or engagement activity, please consider sharing your work at our 2017 Research Conference. The event is scheduled for November 2, 2017, at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis.

Potential presenters may submit a brief abstract for either a lectern presentation or a poster to be shared at the conference. The submission deadline is April 24, 2017.

Posted in Events, Transportation research

Mobility, labor, and competitiveness drive discussion at annual freight symposium

Image of multiple freight modesHow does the ability to move freight affect the economic health of a state, region, and even a city? How are the supply chains of businesses impacted by freight flow? And what challenges and opportunities does Minnesota face when it comes to leveraging and strengthening its freight modes?

The 2016 Freight and Logistics Symposium offered a thoughtful examination of those questions and explored other topics related to improved mobility in Minnesota, including congestion, regulation, labor shortages, and the value of all freight modes to the state’s economy.

Posted in Events, Freight

How can the transportation community help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Car emissions photoMinnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act, legislation put in place in 2007, set goals for energy conservation, renewable energy use, and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. This includes reducing GHG pollution from 2005 levels by 30 percent and 80 percent by 2025 and 2050, respectively.

In February, CTS convened all five of our research, education, and engagement councils for a joint meeting focused on how the transportation community can help reduce GHG emissions. The meeting was held in conjunction with our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on February 15.

Posted in Environment, Events, Transportation research
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