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Journal features U of M research on transit investment and land development

A special issue of Transport Policy focused on transit investment and land development features papers authored by three CTS scholars: Jason Cao, Yingling Fan, and Andrew Guthrie.

Posted in Land use, Planning, Public transit, Transportation research, Urban transportation

New modeling for bike and ped traffic to improve planning and safety

bicyclist in downtown Minneapolis trafficGiving people more options to bike or walk to their destinations has been a high priority for transportation planners in recent years. But as the number of pedestrians and bicyclists using the transportation system increases, so does the potential for serious—or even deadly—crashes involving these high-risk road users.

“To best prevent bicycle and pedestrian crashes, transportation planners need a better idea of how many people are using nonmotorized transportation and what their exposure to risk is,” says Greg Lindsey, a professor in the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and researcher at the Roadway Safety Institute.

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Posted in Bicycling, Land use, Planning, Public transit, Safety, Traffic data, Traffic operations, Transportation research, Travel Behavior

Metropolitan Council invites U of M experts to discuss industry cluster research

Photo of freight containersMetropolitan Council staff and leaders are working with U of M researchers to better understand industry clusters and how local planning decisions and regional infrastructure investments can encourage private investment.

The Council’s Committee of the Whole recently invited Lee Munnich, director of the State and Local Policy Program (SLPP) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Humphrey School associate professor Yingling Fan to present and discuss their research on industry clustering.

Posted in Economics, Land use, Planning, Public transit, Transportation research, Urban transportation

U of M researchers contribute to new transport handbook

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Two U of M researchers contributed a chapter in the Handbook of Transport and Development, a new book from Edward Elgar Publishing.

Professor David Levinson, RP Braun/CTS Chair in the U of M’s Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering (CEGE), and Michael Iacono, a former CEGE research fellow, coauthored “Methods for Estimating the Economic Impacts of Transportation Improvements: An Interpretive Review.” Their chapter is one of 45 from leading international authors.

Posted in Economics, Land use, Planning, Urban transportation

Census report looks at U.S. commuting patterns; U of M report analyzes Twin Cities’ patterns

Evening Skyline, Minneapolis

A recent report issued by the U.S. Census Bureau looks at commuting patterns by U.S. workers in 2013 using data from the American Community Survey. It highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by key population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, and the types of communities in which workers live.

You can also find an extensive analysis of commuting behavior that was produced locally. In a recent multifaceted study sponsored by the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, U of M researchers analyzed travel behavior over time in the Twin Cities.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Economics, Land use, Planning, Transportation research, Travel Behavior, Urban transportation

New video highlights how U of M transportation research makes a difference

CTS aired a new video—”How does University of Minnesota research make a difference?”—at our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on April 6. The video highlights research initiatives from 2014-2015, including projects focused on flashing left-turn signals at intersections, “self-healing” pavement, and transit amenities.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Environment, Freight, Infrastructure, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Land use, Pavements, Planning, Public transit, Technology, Transportation research, Travel Behavior, Urban transportation

Access Across America: Transit 2014

NYC accessibility map

Yesterday, the Accessibility Observatory released Access Across America: Transit 2014, a new report that investigates accessibility to jobs by transit in 46 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

Accessibility is the ease of reaching valued destinations. For example, in this report we find that the average worker in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area can reach about 17,000 jobs within 30 minutes by transit. Accessibility metrics capture both the benefits (17,000 jobs) and the costs (30 minutes) of travel. This makes them a valuable tool for understanding how well transportation systems fulfill their fundamental purpose: connecting people to destinations that matter, at costs they are willing to pay.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Land use, Planning, Public transit, Transportation research, Urban transportation
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