February 2018
Many policymakers support transit-oriented development (TOD) for its potential to direct regional growth into a more efficient and sustainable pattern. However, the ability to achieve this public goal is largely dependent on private-sector decisions. In a new study, U of M researchers explore how the public sector can overcome obstacles and encourage TOD at a regional scale.
E-commerce is booming as consumers increasingly shop online for convenience, price, and availability. New trends and emerging technologies are driving consumer expectations for shortened, lower-cost, more flexible delivery options. But what do those expectations mean for the freight industry? What challenges does the industry face? Participants at the Freight and Logistics Symposium focused on finding answers.
Given the many benefits of parks, there’s growing interest in whether these green spaces are distributed equitably in urban areas. When researchers study park accessibility, they typically assume that people will use active modes of transportation (biking and walking) to reach their destinations. Few studies have considered automobile and transit accessibility. A new analysis from the U of M helps fill this gap.
Snow fences improve roadway safety and reduce the need for plowing and deicing. A MnDOT program offers landowners compensation for snow fences, including $1,000 or more for leaving corn rows standing at the edges of fields. However, there has been limited adoption of the program by landowners. To increase participation, MnDOT turned to the U of M to develop and test a snow-fence outreach program.