2019 CTS Transportation Research Conference

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Photo: University of Minnesota

About the Event

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 learned about research findings, implementation efforts, and engagement activities related to a variety of transportation topics.

Presentations

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

Keynote Speaker

Kevin Webb, Co-Director, SharedStreets

Panelists

  • Steve Elkins, Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Robin Hutcheson, Director of Public Works, City of Minneapolis
  • Andrew Owen, Director and Research Fellow, Accessibility Observatory, University of Minnesota
  • Russ Stark, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Saint Paul

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

Keynote Speaker

John Kasarda, Director, Center for Air Commerce, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, and CEO, Aerotropolis Business Concepts LLC

1 − Keeping Traffic Moving: Monitoring and Managing Roads for Mobility and Safety

Moderator: Brian Sorenson, MnDOT

Operation Sign Harvest (PDF)

  • Mark Ray, City of Crystal

Assessing the Safety Impacts of Stop Lines at Stop-Controlled Intersections (PDF)

  • Peter Dirks, Minnesota Traffic Observatory, University of Minnesota

Work Zone Mapping and Tag Deployment System

  • Andrew Loutfi, Minnesota Traffic Observatory, University of Minnesota

Evolution and Utility of MnDOT Detector Data (PDF)

  • Michael Janson, SRF Consulting Group

2 − Advanced Data Applications for Transportation Planning and System Management

Moderator: Jim Henricksen, MnDOT

Extracting Trip Destinations from GPS Trajectories with Irregular Sampling Frequency (PDF)

  • Ying Song, Department of Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota

Highway Network Congestion Measurement in the Twin Cities (PDF)

  • Michael Iacono, MnDOT

Congestion Management Through Region-Wide/Data-Driven Screening Analysis (PDF)

  • Paul Morris, SRF Consulting Group

3 − Connected and Automated Vehicle Policy, Planning, and Traffic Impacts

Moderator: Kristin White, MnDOT

Planning for Disruption: Visualizing the future of Autonomous Vehicles Through Policy Narratives (PDF)

  • Fernando Burga, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Scenarios and Justification for Automated Vehicle Demonstration in Nonurban Minnesota (PDF)

  • Frank Douma, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Traffic Flow Impacts Partially Autonomous Vehicles

  • Raphael Stern, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

How Locals Need to Prepare for the Future of V2V/V2I-Connected Vehicles (PDF)

  • Melissa Duhn, Minnesota Traffic Observatory, University of Minnesota

4 − From Local Perspective to National Public Opinion Data: Public Engagement Fits into your Project

Moderator: Sophia Ginis, Metro Transit

Roadway Safety in American Indian Reservations: Perspectives from Tribal Governments in Minnesota (PDF)

  • Kathryn Quick, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Next Generation Public Engagement: Guess What? It's Still About Relationships (PDF)

  • Frank Alarcon, Ramsey County Public Works – Multimodal Planning Union Depot

Public Opinion on Values and Policy Preferences for Transportation Infrastructure and Finance (PDF)

  • Kathryn Quick, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

5 − New Innovation and Practices in Minnesota Freight Transportation

Moderator: Andrew Andrusko, MnDOT

Moving Freight That Last Mile—and Then the First One! (PDF)

  • Frank Douma, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Minnesota's Medical Device Industry Cluster and the Transportation Implications (PDF)

  • Joanne Cho, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

High Turnover in US Long-Distance Truck Load (TL) Motor Freight: Is It a Driver Shortage and Will Teenage Drivers Fix It?

  • Stephen Burks, Department of Social Sciences, University of Minnesota Morris

Commerce in the I-94 Corridor between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud (PDF)

  • Ben Zietlow, Quetica , LLC

6 − How Follows Why: Planning and Building Better Bike Infrastructure

Moderator: Sandra Cullen, Parking and Transportation Services, University of Minnesota

Using Data to Prioritize Bicycle Facility Investments Across Minnesota (PDF)

  • Jake Rueter, MnDOT

National Bicycle Accessibility Evaluation: Results, Challenges, and Opportunities (PDF)

  • Brendan Murphy, Accessibility Observatory, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota

Producing Guidance for the Design and Maintenance of Separated Bicycle Lanes in Minnesota (PDF)

  • Peter Dirks, Minnesota Traffic Observatory, University of Minnesota

7 − Safety Issues

Moderator: Brian Davis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Sight Distances at Rural Intersections and their Impact on Decision Making (PDF)

  • Nichole Morris, HumanFIRST Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Higher-than-Usual Monthly Temperatures are Associated with Pedestrian Crashes (PDF)

  • Curtis Craig, HumanFIRST Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Transferability of Crash Modification Factors Via Graphical Causal Models: An Exploration (PDF)

  • Gary Davis, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

8 − Transportation Finance & Economics

Moderator: Jerry Zhao, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

The Use of Performance Measures in Transit Funding Allocation: Experiences Across States (PDF)

  • Camila Fonseca, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Taxing Shared Mobility: Pricing Schemes, Rationales, and Media Discussions (PDF)

  • Raihana Zeerak, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Optimizing Transportation Funding Decisions: Evaluating Project Alternative Life-Cycle and User Costs to Maximize Agency Return on Investment (PDF)

  • Nick Semeja, SRF Consulting Group

9 − Healthy Roads, Roadsides, and Waterways

Moderator: Marni Karnowski, MnDOT

Optimizing the Nutrition of Roadside Plants for Pollinators (PDF)

  • Emilie Snell-Rood, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

Minnesota Guide for Stream Connectivity and Aquatic Organism Passage Through Culverts (PDF)

  • Matt Hernick, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Urban Stormwater Management: Planning Across Jurisdictional Lines (PDF)

  • Erin Hunker, SRF Consulting Group

Development of a Rapid Screening Tool for Siting Infiltration Stormwater Control Measures (PDF)

  • Nicholas Tecca, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

10 − Asset Management

Moderator: Mark Maloney, City of Shoreview

Characterization of Structural Fibers for Thin Concrete Overlays (PDF)

  • Manik Barman, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Evaluation of High-Density Asphalt Mix Designs for Sustainable Pavements Infrastructure (PDF)

  • Tianhao Yan, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

Remaining Service Life Asset Measure

  • Jhenyffer Lorrany Matias de Oliveira, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

11 − Planning for Transit: Estimating User Behavior and Service Quality Measures

Moderator: Eric Lind, Metro Transit

Toward a Twin Cities Transit Route Choice Model (PDF)

  • Benjamin Tomhave, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

Statistical Quantification of Speed and Reliability Advantages from Transit Signal Priority (TSP) Using High-Frequency Bus GPS Records (PDF)

  • Brandon Whited, Metro Transit

Targeting and Evaluating Speed and Reliability Improvements With Detailed Bus Time Budgets (PDF)

  • Joseph Reid, Metro Transit

Park and Ride User Behavior in the Twin Cities (PDF)

  • Alex Webb, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

12 − Transportation Equity and Access: A Lightning Round

Moderator: Gina Baas, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota

Advancing Transportation Equity (PDF)

  • Hally Turner, MnDOT

Choosing Fairness: Promoting Service Equity Analysis in Transit Planning

  • Travis Ormsby, Department of Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota

Bringing a Gender-Based Lens to CAV Planning and Development

  • Heidi Corcoran, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

How Does Built Environment Affect Activity Space of People Living in Different Income Level Areas?

  • Tao Tao, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Using Accessibility as a Planning and Evaluation Tool for Metro BRT Lines (PDF)

  • Shannon Evans Engstrom, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Travel-Cost-Based Accessibility in the Twin Cities (PDF)

  • Kristin Carlson, Accessibility Observatory, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota

Those Who Need It Most: Maximizing Transit Accessibility and Removing Barriers to Employment in Areas of Concentrated Poverty (PDF)

  • Yingling Fan, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota