Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness FY19

Principal Investigator(s):

Frank Douma, Director, SLPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Adeel Lari, Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow, SLPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Zhirong Zhao, Former U of M Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

In its 2013 session, the Minnesota Legislature directed the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to fund research at the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies on "transportation policy and economic competitiveness, including, but not limited to, innovative transportation finance options and economic development, transportation impacts of industry clusters and freight, and transportation technology impacts on economic competitiveness." The purpose of this work plan is to continue to implement that directive. As in previous years, the overall focus continues to be on investigating how innovations in transportation can contribute to economic competitiveness. The program engages in research, outreach and other related activities that investigate how innovative transportation finance, industry clusters, and transportation technologies affect economic competitiveness.

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