Committees, Councils, & Boards

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The Executive Committee is the main decision-making body of the Center for Transportation Studies. It has primary responsibility for providing strategic direction to staff and overseeing implementation of the Center's programs. It governs the operations of the Center, consistent with University of Minnesota policies, based on input from the Board of Advisors, CTS Councils, and CTS staff.

The Board of Advisors provides broad-based leadership support for the Center.

Program Governance

Steering committees and boards are established to direct special funded programs of the Center. These program funds are in addition to the operating and research funds that the Center receives each year. Committees/boards are governing bodies that oversee the tactical implementation of program activities and the expenditure of program funds.

Steering committees guide the operations of the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), the Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP), and other programs.

Research, Education, and Outreach Councils

CTS Councils provide a forum for transportation professionals and researchers to exchange information on current transportation issues and trends. They bring together University faculty and staff with practitioners from the public and private sectors to recommend direction and participate in improving the Center's research, education, and information/outreach programs.

The Council Coordinating Committee manages the CTS Councils. Four councils support the Center's activities in transportation research, and a fifth council supports educational and outreach efforts.

Research Councils

Activities of the four CTS Research Councils include providing advice during research project activities, identifying and advancing emerging research needs and opportunities, participating in seminars and other mechanisms to disseminate research results, and assisting in planning the annual CTS Research Conference.

The Research Councils focus on the following multidisciplinary topic areas:

Education and Outreach Council

The CTS Transportation Education and Outreach Council provides advice that helps the Center improve undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education opportunities in transportation. Members also examine how the Center can better disseminate information and provide public services that link University resources and user organizations. Activities of the CTS Education and Outreach Council include:


Council members are appointed by the CTS director on behalf of the CTS Executive Committee, following nomination by the council chair. Approximately one-third of council members are University faculty or staff. Non-University members include a balance of business, government, and other interests.

A membership rotation occurs every three yeas. Though members may serve more than one consecutive three-year term, an effort is made to rotate approximately one-third of council membership during a rotation year. In addition to members, “friends” of councils also participate in council activities. New members will often be drawn from friends who are active within councils.

How do I become involved?

If you are interested in becoming a friend of one or more of the councils, please contact Hannah Grune, CTS program coordinator, at 612-625-8373 or, or return the Council interest form (488 KB PDF).