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UM, Access to Fun #9: The Depot

UM, Access to Fun #9: The Depot [Episode 9]

Welcome to Episode 9 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, Josh takes to the ice at the historic Depot, just off the Green Line in downtown Minneapolis.

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Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Pedestrian, Public transit, Uncategorized, Urban transportation

Does the variable speed limit system on I-94 reduce crashes?

Two years ago, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) installed a series of electronic speed limit advisory signs over I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The variable speed limit (VSL) system is designed to reduce congestion and help prevent crashes by recommending lower speed limits to drivers during periods of high traffic.

Although the verdict on the system’s effects on I-94 congestion is still pending, a recent study by researchers at the U of M’s Minnesota Traffic Observatory found that the VSL system has not made a measurable impact on crashes in a crash-prone stretch of freeway in downtown Minneapolis.

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Posted in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Safety, Technology, Traffic operations, Transportation research, Uncategorized, Urban transportation
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