2018 CTS Transportation Research Conference - Opening Session : The Future of Driving in the Land of Freeways

Keynote Speaker

Susan Handy, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and Director, National Center for Sustainable Transportation, University of California, Davis


  • Frank Douma, Director, State and Local Policy Program and Program Coordinator, Master of Urban and Regional Planning Degree, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • James Erkel, Environmental Attorney (formerly with the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy)
  • Kjersti Monson, Principal, Chief Executive Officer and Civic Studio Director, Duval Companies
  • Tim Sexton, Chief Sustainability Officer, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Many states, including California and Minnesota, have identified reducing driving as an essential strategy to meet their targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. How to achieve this strategy, however, remains a question. The rise of ride-hailing services, automated vehicles, and other innovations adds to this challenge. How can the research community help policymakers navigate this uncertain future? Professor Susan Handy and her colleagues at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, are addressing these issues with a series of groundbreaking projects. She discussrf how emerging research results can help state, regional, and local agencies identify the most effective approaches, develop implementation tools, and assess impacts on driving and other outcomes.

Following Handy’s presentation, a panel of Minnesota leaders and experts sharef perspectives on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in light of these new transportation innovations.

About the Speaker

Dr Susan Handy

Dr. Susan Handy is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and the Director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at the University of California, Davis. She is internationally known for her research on the relationships between transportation and land use, particularly the impact of neighborhood design on travel behavior. Her current work focuses on bicycling as a mode of transportation and on strategies for reducing automobile dependence. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Transport and Health and a founding member of the board of the World Society on Transportation and Land Use Research.