2019 CTS Transportation Research Conference


November 7 , 2019

About the Event

Overhead image of U of M East Bank campus, with Minneapolis skyline in the distancePhoto: University of Minnesota The conference convenes researchers and practitioners from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest to highlight new learning, emerging ideas, and the latest innovations in transportation. Attendees will learn about research findings, implementation efforts, and engagement activities related to a variety of transportation topics.

Conference Materials

Plenary Sessions

Opening Session: Transport and Urban Governance in a Platform-Driven World

Many of the challenges governments and transport authorities grapple with today stem from a broader restructuring of our economy and governance systems driven by private-platform technologies. In this presentation, Kevin Webb will explore what we can learn from the history of airline and utilities regulation—as well as retail and consumer finance platforms—and how these lessons can help us manage emerging digital layers of the public realm.

Following Webb’s presentation, a panel of Minnesota leaders and experts will share perspectives on managing digital data in today’s complex transportation industry.

Luncheon Session: Aerotropolis—Shaping Transportation and Regional Development into the Future

The “aerotropolis” is an urban form where cities are built around airports, speedily connecting time-sensitive suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and businesspeople to distant customers, clients, and marketplaces. This presentation will feature the aerotropolis model, its economic rationale, and how it can bring competitive advantages to firms and municipalities in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region and to the entire state.

Cost & Registration

Parking, Transit & Accomodations

Valet parking is available through the Graduate Minneapolis. Parking is also available in the Washington Avenue Ramp (connected via skyway to the second level of the hotel) or the University Avenue Ramp. For driving directions, please visit the hotel website.

The hotel is located approximately one block east of the Green Line's East Bank Station on Washington Avenue. For information about bus routes serving the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus, please visit the Metro Transit website.


Conference attendees will be eligible for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) maintenance credits. A list of sessions approved for AICP credits will be posted here prior to the event.