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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

Access Across America: University of Minnesota ranks accessibility to jobs by transit in top U.S. cities

Access Across America: Transit 2014New research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota ranks the largest metropolitan areas in the United States for accessibility to jobs by transit. New York City came in #1. Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks #13.

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

Do streetcars support commercial development? New Orleans results say yes

streetcarsNew streetcar lines are in the planning stages in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Proponents cite not only the lines’ ability to strengthen the transit system, but also their potential as catalysts for development. Estimating the impacts of streetcars is challenging, however, as most U.S. lines operate in downtown areas with many interrelated factors at play. A recent U of M research project examined the issue through the prism of one city’s experience: post-Katrina New Orleans.

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

Spring research seminars begin February 6

The spring series of CTS research seminars kicks off next Thursday, February 6. This year’s topics will include bridge scour monitoring technology, roundabout signing and striping, and transit-oriented jobs-housing balance. Seminars will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. each

Posted in Bridges and structures, Environment, Events, Land use, Planning, Public transit, Safety, Transportation research, Urban transportation

U of M Research: Spurring private-sector development along transit corridors

developmentA new research study is recommending ways to make it easier for developers and employers to select sites that encourage living-wage jobs and mixed-income housing near transit. A key finding of the study, which was based on interviews with developers and business leaders, revealed a pent-up demand for transit access in the Twin Cities metropolitan region.

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