Just a few of the ways CTS and the University of Minnesota are fueling transportation innovation
Research led by Yingling Fan of the Humphrey School finds that locating jobs near transit corridors will maximize the benefits of transitways and spur economic growth in the Twin Cities.
Because effective congestion relief requires real-time traffic information, researchers at the U invented and commercialized SMART Signals to gather data from arterial streets. At CTS, we’re not just measuring the congestion problems. We’re also inventing the technologies to fuel gridlock-busting solutions.
Because the current gas tax is becoming increasingly inadequate, the U is developing innovative financing options, such as using technology to charge user fees based on distance traveled.
Because the I-35W bridge collapsed in our own backyard, the U is developing and using "smart bridge" technology to diagnose safety problems early. At CTS, we learn from the past. And we also use innovative technology to create a better future.
Because visually impaired pedestrians and vehicles are a lethal mix, the U is developing a smart phone app to receive traffic signal-based warnings—taking emerging technologies to the streets. At CTS, we’re not just studying emerging technologies. We’re developing the high tech products and taking them to the streets.
Because sediment flowing down storm sewers carries pollutants into our waters, the U of M is commercializing a cost-effective baffle that blocks sediment at the grate.
Because buses and plows can go off course in bad weather, the U developed innovative “lane-assist” technology to help them stay safely in line.
Because driving is deadly for too many new drivers, CTS developed driver-feedback technology and a teen-oriented educational game to help teens learn better. At CTS, we’re not just studying teen driver habits. We’re bringing innovative tools to the marketplace to change those habits.