2021 CTS Transportation Research Conference

Thursday, November 4, 2021
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

About the Event

This year’s CTS Transportation Research Conference is moving entirely online because of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. We’ll miss the chance to see our stakeholders in person, but the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, and staff is our top priority.

Using a virtual platform, the conference will convene researchers and practitioners to explore the latest innovations in transportation research, implementation efforts, and engagement activities.

Highlights include:

  • An opening keynote presentation by Jonathan Foley, executive director of Project Drawdown, focused on the intersection of transportation, sustainability, and climate change. A panel discussion will follow the presentation.
  • An afternoon keynote presentation by The Honorable Pete Buttigieg, US Secretary of Transportation (invited), exploring the latest priorities from the USDOT, including highlights from the new surface transportation bill and the importance of research in related areas.
  • A variety of concurrent sessions on topics including health and equity in transportation, lessons learned from COVID-19, CAVs, safety, electrification, shared mobility, transit impacts, and more.

For a complete list of sessions, download the preliminary program (PDF).


Online Event Access

The conference will be hosted using the Pathable event platform. In addition to the live virtual conference, your registration fee will include access to all session recordings following the event.

Registered participants will receive an email with instructions for accessing the Pathable platform prior to the event. Additional information and FAQs about Pathable will be available soon.


Conference attendees will be eligible for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) maintenance credits. A list of the sessions approved for credit will be posted here when it becomes available.

More Information

For more information, please contact Chelsea Arbury Prorok at arbur001@umn.edu.


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