All posts by Christine Anderson

Scholars reflect on critical transportation topics in new Future of Mobility series

What’s next in transportation? CTS’s new Future of Mobility series collects the perspectives of top University of Minnesota researchers and other national experts.

In 17 articles, the authors scan the horizon and reflect on critical transportation topics ranging from rural transportation to automated vehicles to equity for users. The future of transportation will be a complex, interconnected set of practices and technologies, and this series brings bold thinking together in one place.

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Research, Updated Tools Help MnDOT Encourage Landowners to Join Snow Fence Program

This article was originally posted on Catalyst, November 2022.

Snow fences are a useful tool for controlling snow and ice on Minnesota’s roads. However, installing them relies on the cooperation of landowners. An ongoing collaboration between U of M researchers and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) aims to develop outreach tools that can be used to attract more landowners to the MnDOT snow fence program.

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Who’s in Most Danger of E-Scooter Injury Crashes? Women and Sidewalk Riders Top the List

This post was originally posted on Catalyst, November 2022.

Zippy electric scooters—often called e-scooters—have quickly become a common sight on sidewalks, bike paths, and roads in most US urban areas. Americans took 38.5 million e-scooter rides in 2018 and 88.5 million rides in 2019—a 130 percent increase in a single year. However, the rapid rise of the e-scooter has come at a cost, and e-scooter injuries and crashes have become a serious public health concern.

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Uncovering Connections Between Gender and Transportation Safety

This post was originally posted on Catalyst, November 2022.

It’s no secret that the transportation system is an uneven playing field. Understanding disparities related to race, income, and other factors is critical, and much more work is needed. Gender in particular is an under-researched yet important aspect of the design of vehicles, infrastructure, and amenities.

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What We Do for You: 2022 CTS Impacts Report

“CTS cultivates improvements and innovation in transportation through research, engagement, and education.” This is our mission statement, refined last year as part of a strategic planning process with the CTS Executive Committee.

Our new 2022 Impacts Report illustrates what this mission looks like in practice—and what it means for you.

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Treating Stormwater with Local By-Products Reduces Road Construction Costs, Minimizes Waste

This article was originally published in Catalyst, August 2022.

Ongoing research is looking into the possibility of using local industrial waste for roadside stormwater construction projects. This would help reduce material and transportation costs and put otherwise wasted materials to use.

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Teen Students Receive Immersive Transportation Education at NSTI Camp

This article was originally published in Catalyst, August 2022.

Ever wanted to build a model bridge with popsicle sticks, program a mobile mini-robot, or make an “asphalt” cookie? A cohort of 27 middle school and high school students did just that and more through a wide range of hands-on STEM-based activities related to the transportation field at the U of M this summer. 

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Register for the 2022 CTS Transportation Research Conference

This article was originally published in Catalyst, August 2022.

Register to join us at the annual CTS Transportation Research Conference, scheduled for November 3, 2022, at the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel on the east bank of the U of M’s Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis.

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Automated Vehicles Could Increase Accessibility for Twin Cities East Metro

This article was originally published in Catalyst, August 2022.

Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology is moving forward, with three pilot shuttle projects on tap in Minnesota this year alone. Rapid developments are leaving little time for planners and policymakers to prepare for the mainstreaming of technology and the evolution of the current transportation system—all while ensuring that transportation equity has a seat in the vehicle.

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Could remote drivers be the future of ride-hailing?

This article was originally published in Catalyst, August 2022.

A new technology combining nearly autonomous vehicles with remote “tele-operators” has the potential to overcome both the technological and societal hurdles posed by driverless vehicles. Ride-hailing providers will be an important application for remote-driving technology, and U of M researchers found it offers clear advantages for companies and their customers.

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