November 2018
The introduction of “dockless” or “stationless” systems is causing significant disruption to the bike-share market. By eliminating the need for docks, these systems can reduce costs and deployment time, allowing them to potentially serve a larger area, charge less per ride, and eliminate the need for public funding. However, these systems also present new challenges. A new U of M report presents recommendations for regulating dockless bike share in cities and ties these approaches to the implementation of Nice Ride Minnesota’s dockless pilot.
With a new $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), U of M researchers will focus on a critical challenge—how to leverage the emergence of automated vehicles to rethink and redesign future transportation services and enable smart, connected communities where everyone benefits. The three-year project, titled Leveraging Autonomous Shared Vehicles for Greater Community Health, Equity, Livability, and Prosperity, is one of 13 projects to receive an award as part of the NSF’s Smart & Connected Communities grant program this year.
Annually updated research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs for the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States. The study also ranks access to jobs by car for the 50 largest U.S. metro areas. According to the latest data, the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area ranks 7th nationally in access to jobs by auto.
This spring, graduate students at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs partnered with Metro Transit to explore the perceptions neighboring stakeholders have regarding nearby bus stops. The project—conducted as part of a capstone workshop focused on integrating land use, technology, and equity into transit planning—specifically aimed to generate solutions that maximize the role of bus stops as community assets.