2023 CTS Transportation Research Conference

Thursday, November 2, 2023
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Central

300 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


About the Event

Register to join us this fall at our annual conference! The event convenes transportation thought leaders, researchers, and practitioners to highlight research findings, implementation efforts, engagement activities, and other innovations in transportation. 

Highlights from this year's conference program include:

  • An opening keynote presentation focused on using roadways to build safe, just, and affordable communities from Lynn Peterson, president of the Metro Council in Portland, Oregon. Following her presentation, Peterson will be joined by Charles Zelle, chair of the Metropolitan Council, for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities for metropolitan mobility.
  • An afternoon keynote by Alexandra Murphy, associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan, focused on a new measurement tool for transportation insecurity—and how it can be used to deepen our knowledge base and advance transportation equity.
  • A variety of concurrent sessions exploring crash prevention, accessibility, vulnerable road users, connected and automated vehicles, shared mobility, pavements, stormwater, and more. 

See complete schedule and session information in the preliminary conference program. 


  • Register
  • Cost: $125 (Students may attend for free; contact arbur001@umn.edu for a discount code before you register.)
  • Deadline: Thursday, October 26
  • Contact: Chelsea Arbury Prorok at arbur001@umn.edu
  • Cancellation policy: If you are no longer able to attend the conference, a full refund will be issued if you cancel your registration by October 26, 2023. Cancellations after this date will not be eligible for a refund.

Location, Parking, and Transit

This year, the conference is moving to a new location on campus: Coffman Memorial Union. Event check-in will be located outside the Great Hall on the ground floor.

The nearest parking is available in the East River Road Garage and the Weisman Art Museum Garage. See details about parking rates, electric vehicle charging, and other facility information.

Coffman is located a few blocks west (about a five-minute walk) from the Green Line's East Bank Station on Washington Avenue. Several Metro Transit bus routes also serve the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus.


Conference attendees will be eligible for up to 7.25 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and 7.25 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification maintenance credits. 

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.