2020 CTS Transportation Research Conference

Thursday, November 5, 2020

About the Event

This year’s annual CTS Transportation Research Conference was held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The program included an opening panel discussion, afternoon keynote presentation, and two sets of concurrent sessions on topics including equity, connected and automated vehicles, COVID-19 impacts, bicycle and pedestrian safety, transit innovations, winter maintenance, and more.

For a complete schedule and list of sessions, please download the final program (PDF).

Conference Materials

Recordings of all conference sessions are available to registered attendees on the conference Pathable site.

General Session Information

Opening Panel Discussion: Addressing Minnesota’s Transportation Inequities and Disparities

The COVID-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd have brought new attention to racial inequities and disparities in many sectors of our society, including transportation. This panel discussion acknowledged and discussed these disparities and identified the hopes and values that should guide us as we strive to make Minnesota’s transportation system more equitable for all.

Afternoon Keynote Presentation: Where Do We Go From Here?

In this presentation, Timothy Papandreou discussed how current circumstances, including the COVID-19 pandemic and rising social equity concerns, are compelling us to reexamine the status quo—offering a once-in-a-lifetime window to re-imagine the transportation system and use practical and proven innovation to move it towards a more resilient, equitable, and seamless experience.


Conference attendees are eligible for up to 5.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and 5.5 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) maintenance credits.




The conference is sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.