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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

How new research on millennials can inform future traffic safety efforts

By 2025, three of four workers worldwide will be members of the millennial generation—those born between 1982 and 2002. Effectively reaching and influencing this vast audience with traffic safety messages will require some insight into this generation, said Rodney Wambeam, speaking at the TZD statewide conference last November. During the opening session, Wambeam, a senior research scientist at the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming, shared new research findings on millennials and how that could shape approaches to traffic safety and preventing substance abuse.

In the U.S., millennials currently number about 80 million—a number that is growing because of immigration. “This really is a global generation,” Wambeam noted. And it’s the single most diverse generation of Americans.

Posted in Events, Safety

University of Minnesota presenters at TRB

University of Minnesota faculty and researchers will be presenting in a variety of workshops and sessions at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC, January 8-12, 2017.

If you’re attending, be sure to check out their sessions!

Posted in Events, Transportation research

Dangers of distracted driving highlighted at Open Streets

CTS partnered with Minnesota TZD to highlight the dangers of distracted and impaired driving at Open Streets Minneapolis on Saturday, October 1.

In its second year on campus, Open Streets closed several roads to traffic on the East and West Bank and invited students and area residents to walk, bike, skate, and play. Exhibits featured a variety of U of M offices, transportation organizations such as Metro Transit and Nice Ride, local businesses, and arts and entertainment.

Posted in Bicycling, Events, Pedestrian, Safety

Visit CTS at Open Streets on Oct. 1!

openstreetsStop by the CTS booth at Open Streets on the U of M campus this Saturday, October 1! The event, coming to the U for the second year, will be held on both the East Bank and West Bank from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open Streets brings together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic and open them up for people walking, biking, skating, and playing.

Posted in Bicycling, Events, Pedestrian, Safety, Urban transportation

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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