September 2018
Designed to ease congestion by encouraging carpooling and transit use, the ABC Ramps in Minneapolis are now increasingly used by solo drivers and surrounded by congested streets. What directions should policymakers take in light of these changes? A U of M team analyzed the issues and made recommendations for the short and long term.
To effectively plan and manage nonmotorized transportation infrastructure, decision makers need information about the factors that affect demand for bicycling and walking, including variations in weather and climate. Practitioners currently lack information about the extent of these variations and the extent to which these factors can be transferred and used across different areas. To fill this gap, researchers explored how weather variations affect urban trail use by bicyclists and pedestrians in cities throughout the country.
The annual CTS Transportation Research Conference will be held November 1 in Minneapolis. In the opening session, Professor Susan Handy, of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, will present “The Future of Driving in the Land of Freeways.” The luncheon will feature a presentation by Julie Schoenfeld, vice president of technical program management with GM Cruise Automation, on “The Evolution and Potential of Automated Vehicle Technologies.”
For a bridge project in northern Minnesota, MnDOT designers needed data on “hard” rock that was too strong for the agency’s standard testing approach. To obtain the data, they turned to U of M researchers, who used a high-capacity load frame at a campus lab to test rock samples from the project site. The research team also investigated the behavior of cast-in-place concrete-filled steel pipe piles.