Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness FY20

Principal Investigator(s):

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


  • Adeel Lari, Former Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow (Retired), 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 project was to continue to implement that directive. As in previous years, the overall focus continued to be on investigating how innovations in transportation can contribute to economic competitiveness. The program engaged in research, outreach, and other related activities that investigated how innovative transportation finance, industry clusters, and transportation technologies affected economic competitiveness.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2020035
  • Start date: 07/2019
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Planning and Economy
  • Topics: Economic competitiveness