2016 CTS Transportation Research Conference

Thursday, November 3, 2016

About the Event

In 2016, the Research Conference was a one-day event held on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

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


Opening Session: Creating Sustainable, Livable, Forward-Compatible Cities for Economic Resilience


Keynote Speaker: Gabe Klein, author, "Start-up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun" (2015)


  • Mayor Ardell Brede, City of Rochester
  • Mayor Chris Coleman, City of St. Paul
  • Anu Ramaswami, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • More about the opening session

Luncheon Session: How to Promote and Prepare for Automated Driving


Keynote Speaker: Bryant Walker Smith


1 − Roadway Safety

Tom Sohrweide, SEH, Inc.

  • Performance-Based Superelevation Transition Design
    • James Rosenow, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Spreadsheet Tool for Time-of-Day Use of Flashing Yellow Arrows
    • Vahid Moshtagh, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Safety Performance Functions for Permitted Left-Turn Crashes Based on Different Crash Databases
    • Vahid Moshtagh, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

2 − Transit: It's Not Just About Moving People

Lyssa Leitner, Washington County


3 − Growing the Transportation Workforce in Minnesota

Stephanie Malinoff, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota


4 − Curtailing Congestion

Nick Thompson, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff


5 − Q&A on Connection & Autonomous Vehicle Technology & Policy

Philip Schaffner, Minnesota Department of Transportation

  • Bryant Walker Smith, University of South Carolina
  • Ken Buckeye, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Frank Douma, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Imran Hayee, University of Minnesota Duluth

6 − Looking at the Bigger Picture: Multimodal Visualization and Mapping

Jacob Achtemeier, HumanFIRST Laboratory, University of Minnesota


7 − Advancing Sustainable Transportation and Community-Engaged Learning Through the Resilient Communities Project

Mike Greco, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota


8 − Pioneering Pavements and Maintenance: The Future of Minnesota's Roads

Mark Maloney, City of Shoreview


9 − Technology and Safety

Dan Rowe, Minnesota Department of Transportation


10 − Economic Impacts of Different Modes

Jonathan Ehrlich, Metropolitan Council


11 − A Modal Discussion: Linking Creative Environmental Justice and Title VI Analysis to Equity and Community Engagement Through the Minnesota Freight Plan

Wanda Kirkpatrick, Metropolitan Council


12 − Roadside Maintenance and the Environment

Andy Golfis, System G Inc.