March 2019
The METRO A Line, the first arterial bus rapid transit line in the Twin Cities, launched service in 2016. Since then, the overall response has been overwhelmingly positive. More information, however, was needed about the operations and impact of the line. To fill this need, U of M researchers analyzed the line's impacts on transit capacity and traffic flow in the corridor. They also studied what riders and corridor residents think of the line and which factors are most important in rider satisfaction.
Cybersecurity has become a key concern for the freight and logistics industry in our increasingly connected and automated world. A significant challenge is balancing information privacy and security with the industry’s need for usable, reliable data to produce expected benefits. At the 2018 Freight and Logistics Symposium, industry experts discussed the implications of new technology, third party risk, and connected and automated vehicles for cybersecurity and freight.
Vehicles, how we power them, and driver behavior are all changing. According to U of M researchers, these motorization trends will affect how we fund our roads. Their new report, which analyzes Minnesota’s motorization trends from 1980 to 2016, found that less revenue is collected from federal and state gasoline taxes. The trends point to a need to consider other revenue tools.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota Duluth studied a material called fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) that offers promise as a durable, cost-effective repair option for concrete pavement. The goal of the project was to develop best practices for using FRC in pavement—such as how to select the right fibers for a specific project —and to create guidelines that paving agencies might refer to when pouring FRC concrete.