Developing ITS to Serve Diverse Populations

Principal Investigator(s):

Frank Douma, Director, State & Local Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Gary Barnes, Former U of M Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow (Retired), Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

In 2003, the State and Local Policy Program (SLPP) at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs began research into how Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies can be used to deliver transportation services to an increasingly diverse population in Minnesota. The objective of this research is to identify the nature of the gap between the emerging needs and existing services, and to propose ways of using technology to bridge the gap, both in terms of providing better transportation options and in reducing the cost of these options. Using the information obtained from emerging demographic data, the 2003 study focused on identifying transportation challenges and opportunities for several different populations, with a particular focus on those that do not or cannot drive. This project continues the theme through a series of analyses of ITS applications that appear most promising to improve mobility and access for Minnesota's increasingly diverse population. These applications include technologically advanced Community-Based Transit, Car Sharing, use of ITS to implement Value Pricing through conversion of a High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane to a High-Occupancy/Toll (HOT) lane, and evaluation of Web-based Advanced Traveler Information Systems.


Project details:

  • Project number: 2004047
  • Start date: 04/2004
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow
  • Topics: Economics, Planning