Social media can be effective as a strategic and select part of public engagement plans, according to findings of a U of M study. The project investigated current knowledge about public engagement through social media nationwide and in Minnesota. It also developed guidance about how social media may be used to reach and engage diverse populations in the state about transportation planning and projects.
Annually updated research from the U’s Accessibility Observatory ranks access to jobs by auto for the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States. According to the latest data, the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area ranks 10th nationally. The study reports that the average worker traveling by auto in the Twin Cities metro can reach 976,018 jobs within 30 minutes.
Lane-departure crashes on curves make up a significant portion of fatal crashes on rural Minnesota roads. In a U of M project, researchers developed a method to warn drivers while avoiding costly infrastructure-based solutions. To do so, they used in-vehicle technology to display dynamic curve-speed warnings based on the driver’s real-time behavior and position relative to the curve. The system uses a smartphone app to give visual and auditory warnings.
U of M researchers updated their datasets and completed a new analysis of transportation funding redistribution in Minnesota. For the six-year period between 2010 and 2015, the team found that the Twin Cities Metro district contributed slightly more than it received. In an additional analysis, the researchers examined the funding structures for roadways and transit in Minnesota.