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The Huffington Post, November 09, 2015

Trucking is looking at a significant shortage of drivers -- 48,000 open positions in an industry of 800,000 -- and trying to figure out how it will fill that hole. Is trucking in crisis or is the pendulum about to swing the other way? "It's not clear where the new truck drivers are coming from as baby boomers age out," said Stephen Burks, an economist who studies the trucking industry at the University of Minnesota Morris.

StarTribune, November 08, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Transportation charges motorists driving alone anywhere from 25 cents to $8 during peak periods to use the special lanes that are otherwise reserved for carpools of two or more people, buses and motorcycles. But just how much a solo driver is charged is determined by an old complex algorithm operated by an outside vendor. That’s about to change. MnDOT has been working with the University of Minnesota Traffic Observatory to develop a new algorithm that will be run in-house and should better set tolls and control how fast prices rise or fall.

Inverse, November 04, 2015

Midwestern cities are being forced to find a new, post-blue collar manufacturing identities. Minneapolis and St. Paul are no exception, but unlike places like Detroit, the Twin Cities — less than 12 miles apart — have made a relatively smooth transition, becoming a curious case study for urban renewal minus the upheaval. Frank Douma, director of the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey School, explains.

MinnPost, October 30, 2015

When Royalston and the other Minneapolis stations remained in the revised alignment, the issue of ridership was set aside. But it provided a glimpse into a perennial conflict in the planning of big and expensive transportation projects: How do public officials figure out how many people will use them? And do the numbers reflect reality — or simply a desire to fulfill the wishes of the project’s supporters? University of Minnesota professor David Levinson explains.

CityLab, October 28, 2015

The Transportationist blog by University of Minnesota professor David Levinson points us to data showing the long decline of annual work hours among developed Western nations. CityLab charted a handful of the labor-hour trajectories below. The trends are remarkably consistent across countries: people have been working less and less since the Industrial Revolution, with total hours falling from around 3000 a year toward the 1500-1800 range.

WCCO-4 TV News, October 19, 2015

Over the course of the year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation estimates Twin Cities metro drivers sit in traffic for 34 hours. So, what is the best lane for rush hour? Good Question. MTO lab manager Stephen Zitzow says any perturbation, or deviation, can cause a shockwave that slows traffic.

StarTribune, October 13, 2015

A complete overhaul of the region’s bus signs began Tuesday as Metro Transit seeks to make the local bus, the backbone of the transit system, less mysterious for prospective riders. A $300,000 effort by Metro Transit will add route numbers and other helpful information, and a smartphone app is coming soon.... “It’s especially important in converting nonusers into users,” said David Levinson, a University of Minnesota professor and transportation expert.

StarTribune, October 11, 2015

The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society have partnered up through the U’s Resilient Communities Project. A Waconia farmstead is one of 32 proposed projects in Carver County during the one-year partnership. Each year, a city or county is chosen to work with students and faculty from university courses ranging from engineering to environmental sciences.... The U plans to offer a course focused on turning the property into a historic tourist destination, said Mike Greco, Resilient Communities Project director.

CityLab, October 07, 2015

There are plenty of other benefits that have nothing to do with drivers.... Other benefits to transit include better overall access to the city (especially jobs), greater mobility for people who don’t drive (for reasons of choice, health, or income), and of course improved sustainability. There’s a basic equity issue here, too, captured by transport scholar David Levinson in a great essay earlier this year at streets.mn explaining why “it warps thinking that the aim of public transit funding is to benefit those non-transit users.”

Minnesota Daily, October 07, 2015

The University of Minnesota was awarded a $12 million grant from the National Science Foundation earlier this year in order to help scientists at the school create a team of researchers to study how urban infrastructure could adapt to the changing needs of cities. Yingling Fan, an associate professor of urban and regional planning at the Humphrey School, is quoted.

StarTribune, October 03, 2015

U of M professor Tom Fisher writes about urban planner Joe Minicozzi, who says our poorly maintained streets stem largely from the low-density developments that arose in this country over the past 70 years, resulting in an enormous mismatch between the cost of fixing our extensive infrastructure and the taxes generated by sprawl. Minicozzi makes his case with compelling three-dimensional maps of the data, showing the extent and depth of the problem in all but the most built-up parts of our cities.

Pioneer Press, September 29, 2015

Editorial: The city is now partnered with Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota in the MetroLab Network, bringing together city leaders and academics to research, develop and deploy analytical and technological solutions to problems cities face.... The two cities and the U have formalized an agreement to work together, committing to engaging in three projects in 2016. Of about 25 such partnerships around the nation, ours is the only one involving two cities and an academic partner.

University of Minnesota Inquiry blog, September 28, 2015

At the University of Minnesota researchers are teaming up with city planners, nonprofit leaders, and industry professionals to form solutions that tackle these emerging challenges and prepare communities for the future. These partnerships take advantage of the prevalence of data and technology in society to open new doors for smarter decision making that can lead to more livable, sustainable and resilient cities. The U’s efforts to implement advanced smart cities concepts are part of a growing trend among research universities and technology companies across the U.S. that’s already taken root among global cities, especially in Europe and Asia.

Minnesota Daily, September 28, 2015

As part of a nationwide effort, the University of Minnesota is collaborating with St. Paul and Minneapolis leaders in order to improve infrastructure and increase citizen involvement in the area. The partnership, announced Sept. 14, is part of a plan called the MetroLab Network, which aims to connect universities and cities in addressing urban developmental issues.... The next step, according to University Urban and Regional Planning Associate Professor Carissa Slotterback, will be creating workshops for University and city leaders — which could include researchers from the University’s Center for Transportation Studies, Informatics Institutes, and Law School — to identify specific project goals.

Pioneer Press, September 27, 2015

Metro Transit officials are seeking to build a new business model—one that partners more with nonprofit and private organizations—to move people away from the one-car, one-occupant model. One of the driving ideas behind a new system, which is attracting national attention: a single tool, such as an app or fare card, that could access "all non-drive-alone modes" of transportation.

KEYC News 12 Mankato, September 25, 2015

Researchers from the University of Minnesota are in St. Peter, Minnesota, using LiDAR technology measuring traffic flow. LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging, or light and radar, using lasers to determine the distance to an object. The research group is using the technology to create algorithms to measure traffic patterns. They came to St. Peter for help with their research, using the intersection of Washington and Broadway Avenues. University of Minnesota Research Fellow Brian Davis is interviewed.

KARE-11 TV News, September 17, 2015

The U of M has teed up an idea—for greener practices—on the green. It involves less water—and fewer chemicals. At the University of Minnesota, turf science professors Eric Watkins and Brian Horgan have 186 plots of grass that could change golf courses everywhere.... The turf these scientists are developing may be slightly more brown than traditional golf course grass. But it promises to make the courses greener. These varieties need less fertilizer and substantially less water.

Metropolitan Council Blog, September 16, 2015

As the Metropolitan Council prepares to work with local cities on their comprehensive plans, Council staff and leaders are working with local researchers to better understand industry clusters and how local planning decisions and regional infrastructure investments can encourage private investment. The Council’s Committee of the Whole recently invited Lee Munnich, Director of the State and Local Policy Program at the University of Minnesota, and U of M professor Yingling Fan to present and discuss their research on industry clustering.

MinnPost, September 16, 2015

Highlights of the underground Civil Engineering building includes the Minnesota Traffic Observatory, and how researchers there study how traffic moves through the metro area.

Waconia Sun Patriot, September 15, 2015

Starting this fall, University of Minnesota students in several different disciplines will begin studying different issues in 14 projects as part of a partnership with Carver County. The studies, with additional 16 planned for spring, are the development of Resilient Communities Project (RCP) which kicked off with a banquet at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Friday, Sept. 11.... RCP Executive Director Mike Greco said the diversity of Carver County projects is what made the application.

Minnesota Daily, September 09, 2015

A new collaboration between Metro Transit  and Hourcar could make hopping off public transit and getting in a personal vehicle a little easier. Hourcar, a Twin Cities car sharing service, launched a partnership with Metro Transit on Friday, making Hourcar services accessible through Go-To transit passes. And some say the new relationship could make different transportation options more readily available. The partnership will allow  Go-To card, U-Pass , Metropass, and College Pass holders to check out an Hourcar at one of its pickup locations. Frank Douma with the U of M Humphrey School comments.

Star Tribune, September 07, 2015

Partnership between Hourcar and Metro Transit could lead to more fare payment integration. Frank Douma, a research fellow who studies transportation policy at the U’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, said the goal of being able to use one card for multiple transit uses has been the holy grail.

Star Tribune, September 07, 2015

Cites new research by Assistant Professor Yingling Fan of the Humphrey School about gender differences in commuting times.

CityLab, August 31, 2015

By focusing on the narrow window of the peak period, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's “Urban Mobility Scorecard” doesn’t actually do a good job of scoring urban mobility—and instead arrives at some solutions that could hurt it. Meanwhile, other researchers—with Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory leading the way—are now mapping job access instead of just quantifying gridlock to show why the rush-hour battle is often worth it.

CCJ Digital, August 27, 2015

The U of M's David Levinson was one of four panelists in a discussion on the future of global freight infrastructure held at the 2015 CV-Outlook. The freight infrastructure panel spanned topics like smart highways, vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity, coming safety technology mandates, and where the U.S. stands globally in truck freight efficiency. one of four panelists in a discussion on the future of global freight infrastructure held at the 2015 CV-Outlook. The freight infrastructure panel spanned topics like smart highways, vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity coming safety technology mandates and where the U.S. stands globally in truck freight efficiency. - See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/evolving-use-of-u-s-highways-increasing-truck-... one of four panelists in a discussion on the future of global freight infrastructure held at the 2015 CV-Outlook. The freight infrastructure panel spanned topics like smart highways, vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity coming safety technology mandates and where the U.S. stands globally in truck freight efficiency. - See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/evolving-use-of-u-s-highways-increasing-truck-... one of four panelists in a discussion on the future of global freight infrastructure held at the 2015 CV-Outlook. The freight infrastructure panel spanned topics like smart highways, vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity coming safety technology mandates and where the U.S. stands globally in truck freight efficiency. - See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/evolving-use-of-u-s-highways-increasing-truck-... one of four panelists in a discussion on the future of global freight infrastructure held at the 2015 CV-Outlook. The freight infrastructure panel spanned topics like smart highways, vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity coming safety technology mandates and where the U.S. stands globally in truck freight efficiency. - See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/evolving-use-of-u-s-highways-increasing-truck-...

The Avenue (Brookings), August 27, 2015

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute recently unveiled their semi-regular report on urban traffic congestion. While the focus and themes of the report are largely the same as previous years, big changes are underway in how we study, think about, and address metropolitan traffic congestion. One example is a new focus not on movement or mobility of vehicles but rather on the accessibility the system provides for people. For instance, David Levinson compares Manhattan, Kansas to Manhattan, New York. Traffic in the latter is infamously bad, especially compared to the former, but Levinson estimates that Manhattan, NY, is “20 times as accessible as Manhattan, Kan., despite speeds that are, at best, half as fast.”

StarTribune, August 23, 2015

Behind the buzzers, lights and friendly competition in rounds to be played at 10:30 a.m. and noon on the University of Minnesota stage, the goal is to share innovative transportation research going on at the U and engage the public on important issues, said Laurie McGinnis, director of the U’s Center for Transportation Studies.... The onstage game will augment a host of exhibits featuring researchers’ recent and current studies, including one led by Greg Lindsey in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

CityLab, August 20, 2015

Women have traditionally spent less time than men commuting (that sounds like a good thing, until you realize that it reflects fewer job opportunities) and more time traveling for household errands. With gender norms fading in the home and at work, you might expect these gaps in travel habits to narrow as well. That’s been true to some extent in Europe, but not so much in the U.S.—where the differences endure today, according to new research. The work was published in the journal Transportation by public policy scholar Yingling Fan of the University of Minnesota. “I think it’s very convincing that the gender gap still exists,” she tells CityLab. “And it’s important that policymakers pay specific attention to women’s travel needs.”

KARE-11 News, August 19, 2015

MnDOT recently announced that a section of Highway 169 from Bren Road to 7th Street will be completely shut down for as long as a year beginning in the fall of 2016. The closure will allow the complete re-construction of the bridge over Nine Mile Creek in Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Edina. Traffic expert John Hourdos believes it's more efficient to rebuild the bridge all together, like MnDOT plans, instead of in parts.

The Atlantic, August 18, 2015

Anyone who’s ever relied on public transportation knows that waiting can be the worst part. Even with apps that provide arrival estimates, riders can still find themselves at a loss—straining their eyes in hopes of seeing train lights in the distance, or furiously checking phones while wondering what on earth is holding up a delayed bus. But a new U of M study by Marina Lagune-Reutler, Andrew Guthrie, Yingling Fan, and David Levinson suggests that the feelings of frustration associated with waiting can differ significantly depending on how gross a station is, and that simple improvements could make that maddening wait time seem much shorter.  

University Relations, August 14, 2015

Research by Mark Ditmer, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, finds that drones, or UAVs, could be stressing out wildlife, scientists suggest.

Integrated Infrastructure Solutions for Sustainable and Healthy Cities, August 12, 2015

The University of Minnesota has received a $12 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to bring together a unique network of scientists, industry leaders, and policy partners committed to building better cities of the future. The network will connect across nine research universities, major metropolitan cities in the U.S. and India, as well as infrastructure firms, and policy groups.

StarTribune, August 10, 2015

David Levinson found himself stranded on a narrow slab of concrete on University Avenue recently, sandwiched between light-rail tracks as two Green Line trains approached, one from the east and one from the west, both blaring their horns. Levinson, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, could have become the latest casualty on the Green Line, where close calls like his are a daily occurrence....

KSTP-5 TV News, August 06, 2015

Inside a little St. Paul garage, they're developing a big idea. You've heard of radar, but how about LiDAR? As Brian Davis, a research fellow with the Roadway Safety Institute at the University of Minnesota, explains, LiDAR is like radar but with light. It's already used for things like archeology, forestry, and geology, but Davis believes LiDAR could also be used for traffic management.

KSTP-5 News, July 27, 2015

The University of Minnesota is partnering with a navigation and mapping company to create a dataset that shows accessibility to jobs by vehicles and mass transit.

Pioneer Press, July 26, 2015

A team of consultants are studying four key areas where St. Paul Public Works could do a better job, from snow plowing to budgeting and accounting. As part of this effort, they've tapped outside experts—including CTS Director Laurie McGinnis. 

University of Minnesota News, July 24, 2015

The University of Minnesota Accessibility Observatory is partnering with TomTom to create a national dataset that studies and illustrates accessibility to jobs by automobiles and mass transit throughout the country.

WalletHub, July 15, 2015

Unless you rely on public transit or live within walking distance of work, school and everywhere in between, commuting by car is necessary. For many of us, that unfortunately means being on the road about 200 hours each year — in addition to more than 40 hours stuck in traffic. In working-class terms, a total of 240 hours is the equivalent of a six-week vacation.... We compared our sample across 21 key metrics, among which are average gas prices, average annual traffic delays, rates of car theft, and car clubs per capita. The results, as well as expert commentary (including CTS research scholar Michael Iacono) and a detailed methodology, can be found below.

Morning Consult, June 23, 2015

Hispanics are more than twice as likely to use ride-sharing applications like Uber and Lyft on a regular basis than the average voter, according to a recent poll. U of M professor Saif Benjafaar said the disproportionate number of Hispanics living on the West Coast, where ride-hailing apps are more popular, might account for their higher rate of usage.

Pioneer Press, June 13, 2015

In St. Paul, workers using public transit can access 2,000 more jobs than before the debut of the Green Line light rail, according to a new analysis from the University of Minnesota's Accessibility Observatory.

StarTribune, May 29, 2015

There has been a striking drop in the number of people killed and injured in teenage car crashes in the past 20 years, but no one seems certain just why.... A University of Minnesota study this year found that a smartphone device in cars that disables teen phones in the car and texts parents in real time if the driver speeds, runs a stop sign or drives erratically would help improve focus.

MPR News, May 21, 2015

Far more Twin Cities residents are bicycling or walking to work than U.S. Census numbers reported, according to a new detailed analysis of transportation habits. The University of Minnesota study set to be released later this month calculates the number of people getting to work on foot or bike is two to three times larger than Census estimates.

KSTP-5 News, May 11, 2015

MnDOT is looking for farmers to leave rows of corn stalks standing through the winter to help reduce snow that blows onto state highways and interstates where drifting is a problem. Research conducted by MnDOT, the University of Minnesota Extension Service, and CTS show standing corn rows reduced the severity of injuries on curves by 40 percent.

Minnesota Daily, May 04, 2015

University research could be used to create a mobile app to reduce accidents in rural areas. Brian Davis strapped a video camera to the outside of a car last year and set off to record the painted lines and contours of Greater Minnesota’s major roads and highways. By recording this data, Davis and a group of University of Minnesota researchers developed a cheap yet efficient way to help people driving in unfavorable conditions in rural Minnesota.

Pioneer Press, May 02, 2015

It's almost the legislative session's 11th hour, and some Minnesotans continue to raise questions about the cost assumptions on which lawmakers base their work to fix the state's roads and bridges.... In finding a way forward, it will be helpful to put transportation revenue sources into a broader context, Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao, an associate professor and transportation-finance scholar at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, told us.

Star Tribune, April 29, 2015

Transportation services in Dakota County are like a bowl of pasta. At least that’s how researchers and officials have taken to describing them — a tangled “spaghetti” of agencies and volunteers that get different funds and do not coordinate efforts, leading to service gaps. People spend up to three hours just to get to a medical appointment, with bus transfers and wait time. Other residents attend technical colleges and training programs outside the county because they can’t get to local colleges, a study by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies found. The county hopes to change its service system — or lack thereof — by creating a Transportation Coordinating Collaborative, one of seven recommendations in the Center for Transportation Studies report.

Minnesota Daily, April 22, 2015

CTS published a report this month that found investing in transportation yields a greater return than previously thought, and some say the results are the first step to providing concrete data on the benefits of offering additional funding to roads and highways in the state.

ASME, April 13, 2015
WCCO-4 TV News, April 02, 2015

Heather Brown finds out that the areas with the highest number of drivers generally have the most congestion. Minnesota Traffic Observatory lab manager Stephen Zitzow comments.

Fox9 News, March 31, 2015

TomTom's latest traffic study ranks the Twin Cities as the 35th most congested metro in America. Accessibility Observatory director Andrew Owen comments.

Minnesota Daily, March 25, 2015

The University’s Center for Transportation Studies published a report last month that found an amendment to a state law — which exempts low-level speeding tickets from being placed onto driver’s records — doesn’t produce any significant changes in travel reliability, safety or efficiency. Instead, researchers found people are unaware of how the amendment affects them, and it may increase drivers’ insurance rates.

CityLab, March 16, 2015

Minnesota buses equipped with lane-assist technology offer a glimpse at the promise of driverless transit. Currently there are 10 such buses, operated by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, using technology developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota. 

CityLab, March 03, 2015

Big city sidewalks can feel like an inexplicable dance of elbows and shopping bags and baby strollers and pigeons and texting. But a group of crowd scientists led by U of M researcher Ioannis Karamouzas has whittled the chaos to its core and found that, far from unpredictable, foot traffic follows a mathematical formula elegant for its simplicity.

Star Tribune, February 22, 2015

Flashing yellow arrows permit motorists to turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are developing a statistical model to help determine whether a flashing yellow arrow would be safe at a given place.

KSTP-5 TV News, February 18, 2015

It's tough enough for the visually impaired to get around town. Throw in some construction zones and the difficulty level goes up a notch or two. However, an app in the works by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and University of Minnesota researchers is working to make it a bit easier.

KSTP, Fox9, WCCO, Star Tribune, MPR, February 06, 2015

Several media stories about of the teen driver support system, developed and piloted by a research team led by Janet Creaser, research fellow in Mechanical Engineering, with funding from the ITS Institute and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Star Tribune, February 06, 2015

The Teen Driver Support System smartphone app was developed after nearly 10 years of work. The U is now exploring whether the app can be commercialized.

WCCO-TV, February 05, 2015

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. That’s why researchers at the University of Minnesota are using smart phones to keep teens safe behind the wheel. The Teen Driver Support System, or TDSS, is like having an extra parent in the car at all times.

Minnesota Daily, February 03, 2015

Frank Douma, a research fellow and associate director of the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, said the University is poised to benefit from Dayton’s plan because it is a transit-intensive area. “Everybody would feel the impact with paying the up-to-half-cent additional sales tax in what they purchase, but it will come back in increased investment in transit,” Douma said.

Pioneer Press, January 30, 2015

University of Minnesota Professor David Levinson is quoted about the use of value capture as a transportation funding mechanism. Read more about value capture research.

KSTP-TV, January 29, 2015

Right now, in Minnesota, certain highway speeding tickets won't go on your driving record. But a new Minnesota Department of Transportation report from a project led by the U of M's Frank Douma says that this is putting public safety at risk.

Star Tribune, January 26, 2015

As lawmakers debate whether — and how — to fix roads and add transit routes and bike/pedestrian paths, transportation experts at the University of Minnesota have compiled a database to fuel those quantitative discussions. The Minnesota Transportation Finance Database, part of a multiyear Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness project funded by the 2013 Legislature, is jointly run by the U’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and its Center for Transportation Studies.

TechNewsWorld, January 15, 2015

If traditional traffic lights were replaced with virtual ones, the results could include not only a reduction of up to 40 percent in urban workers' commute times, but also lower carbon emissions, less congestion and fewer accidents. According to U of M professor David Levinson, however, getting them deployed anytime soon will be difficult.

Star Tribune, January 01, 2015

With new bike lanes, rapid busways and expanding light-rail lines, commuters in the Twin Cities have more options than ever. But low gas prices could mean slightly more road congestion, said University of Minnesota professor David Levinson.

2014

LaCrosse Tribune, December 15, 2014

Local officials and the general public are largely in the dark about the nation’s freight railroads, which carry growing volumes of flammable crude oil, while state and federal governments have limited authority and oversight. And when it comes to rail bridge safety, the industry is generally left to police itself. ... Railroad bridge failures are rare, said Frank Douma, a research fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Center for Transportation Studies. Yet he acknowledges the stakes are higher when trains are hauling hazardous materials.    

University of Minnesota News, December 15, 2014

Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts, published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study also shows that switching to vehicles powered by electricity made using natural gas yields large health benefits. Conversely, vehicles running on corn ethanol or vehicles powered by coal-based or "grid average" electricity are worse for health; switching from gasoline to those fuels would increase the number of resulting deaths due to air pollution by 80 percent or more.

StarTribune, December 08, 2014

Transit experts agree that smart station design is critical to encourage use of the light-rail system in the Twin Cities.... Posted schedules and announcements of impending trains are crucial to attracting and keeping transit passengers, said Yingling Fan, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Minnesota Public Radio News: The Daily Circuit, November 14, 2014

Carissa Schively Slotterback, associate professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, joins Peter Bell, former chair of the Metropolitan Council, to talk about the role of the Met Council in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

MinnPost, November 14, 2014

It’s easy to chuckle at the thought of robot cars. But there’s one simple reason that self-driving cars are inevitable: The current status quo is very bad. Because we all do it almost all the time, it’s easy to forget that driving around in cars all the time is extremely deadly.

KSTP-5 TV News, November 09, 2014

The second story in the 5 Eyewitness News series, Rebuilding Minnesota, focuses traffic signals. MnDOT sponsored University of Minnesota researchers to develop SMART Signal, a system that collects real time traffic data continuously, and creates information that can be used to fine-tune traffic timing to minimize drivers' time stopped at red lights.

KSTP-5 TV News, November 06, 2014

This is the first report in a new recurring series from 5 Eyewitness News, Rebuilding Minnesota, which is designed to dig for ways to make Minnesota's transportation system work for you—because many Minnesotans believe it's not working as well as it should be.

Finance & Commerce, November 03, 2014

Transportation and planning officials predict that so-called autonomous vehicles could free up land for development, reshape housing and increase density in the urban core.

Star Tribune, October 28, 2014

Metro Transit will start testing a plan this December to replace the region's ubiquitous "Bus Stop" signs with new placards featuring route information, frequencies, maps and instructions to access real-time arrival data.

MinnPost, October 16, 2014

Yingling Fan's and David Levinson's research about Twin Cities' transit rider experiences at bus and station stops is cited. "'Having a shelter makes a big difference in people’s perceived waiting time,' Fan explained to me. 'This indicates that it’s important to provide bus shelters at stops. We also found that posted schedule was important, and that people perceiving they are safe at stops was important, especially for female riders.'”

St. Paul Pioneer Press, September 30, 2014

Minnesota's fall harvest has begun, and when the combines are finished, immense piles of corn are likely to dot the countryside. One reason for this: the railroads are packed. Even before the harvest began, railroads were struggling to keep up with demand for shipping Bakken crude oil, coal, taconite and other commodities, especially in North Dakota. Jerry Fruin, a specialist in transportation economics at the University of Minnesota, offers his thoughts.

Star Tribune, September 29, 2014

Cornstalks may be the best defense in the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s battle to keep rural roads open when the snow flies. As the harvest begins, this week the agency is asking farmers with fields bordering state highways to leave several rows of corn standing until spring. To boost participation, MnDOT teamed with the University of Minnesota Extension Service on a pilot project that pairs farmers with groups such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America chapters.

The Guardian, September 29, 2014

Is public transportation only for the rich? It’s a question more people should be asking. And people don’t pay just with money for daily commutes. Humphrey School's Yingling Fan says that we also need to consider the time commuters spend in traveling around a city.

Star Tribune, September 22, 2014

New signs near three rest areas along eastbound Interstate 94 now tell truck drivers how many parking spaces are available. The signs are part of a pilot project led by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the University of Minnesota designed to give truckers real-time information about where they can find a safe place to pull off the road.

MinnPost, September 11, 2014

How many times have you thought about what’s underneath your shoes and tires? If the engineers had their way, you’d never think of about pavement at all.

Star Tribune, September 09, 2014

A new mapping tool that spotlights clusters of industry activity is revealing a fascinating picture of a dynamic Midwestern region with a diverse and vibrant array of manufacturing clusters fueling a regional economic rebound.

StarTribune, September 08, 2014

Just nine days after Minneapolis officials approved the Southwest Corridor light-rail line, a group of residents filed suit in federal court seeking to block the controversial $1.65 billion project. ... Frank Douma, a research scholar at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, said large mass-transit projects attract litigation because "there are a lot of interests involved, and you’re not going to be able to please all of the people all of the time."

National Conference of State Legislatures, September 05, 2014

Attendees at NCSL’s Street Smart: Innovations in Traffic Safety Pre-Conference in Minneapolis heard from Janet Creaser with U of M's Roadway Safety Institute about her study of the Teen Driver Support System. The system is an application that was installed on teen drivers’ phones to increase teen driver safety.

Star Tribune, September 04, 2014

A simple shelter can make the wait for a Twin Cities bus feel shorter than it actually is, based on new research from the University of Minnesota.

Finance & Commerce, August 21, 2014
KMSP TV, August 18, 2014
Star Tribune, August 10, 2014
The Boston Globe, August 08, 2014
KSTP-5 TV News, August 01, 2014

University of Minnesota professors David Levinson (Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering) and Kathy Quick (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) participate in a panel on the anniversary of the 35W bridge collapse about bridge safety and the future of transportation.

Star Tribune , July 31, 2014

How many people will board the five proposed Southwest light rail stops outside of downtown in Minneapolis? Depends on how optimistic you are about transit-oriented development. University of Minnesota professor David Levinson comments.

National Public Radio—Marketplace, July 31, 2014

Who pays when driverless cars have accidents? U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Center for Transportation Studies' Frank Douma comments on insurance for driverless vehicles.

Mankato Free Press, July 21, 2014

Bicyclists planning routes throughout the state can now use an editable, interactive online map called Cyclopath to help customize their trips, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Cyclopath, developed at the University of Minnesota, is designed to find bicycle routes using ratings from other bicyclists.

Star Tribune, July 20, 2014
Roads and Bridges, July 08, 2014
The Economist, May 24, 2014
StarTribune, March 07, 2014

Traffic jams are forcing frustrated Twin Cities commuters to waste more time behind the wheel. And that growing congestion has pushed the metro area up to No. 16 on the list of America’s Worst Traffic Cities, according to the seventh-annual Traffic Scorecard Report, released this week by a global traffic-tracking company called INRIX. ... Depending on the methodology, rankings put the Twin Cities between the 13th- and 16th-largest U.S. metro area, said David Levinson, a civil engineering professor at the University of Minnesota.

State Smart Transportation Initiative, February 10, 2014
KSTP-5 TV News, January 30, 2014
StarTribune, January 29, 2014
Business Insider, January 28, 2014
Chicago Tribune, January 05, 2014

2013

StarTribune, November 24, 2013
Pioneer Press, November 12, 2013

Self-driving cars someday will be commonplace in this country, a panel of experts affirmed at a robotics conference in downtown St. Paul on Tuesday. But it won't happen in the next few years — and could take decades — given the many roadblocks in the way of such technology flourishing on U.S. highways, the panelists added. U of M Humphrey School's Frank Douma and Leili Fatehi comment.

Traffic Technology Today, October 18, 2013
St. Cloud Times, October 13, 2013
The Atlantic Cities, September 12, 2013
Traffic Technology Today.com, August 01, 2013
StarTribune, July 27, 2013
KARE-11 News, April 29, 2013
Business Insider, February 27, 2013
Chicago Tribune, February 18, 2013
Business @ the U of M, February 06, 2013
Association of University Technology Managers, January 01, 2013

2012

The Huffington Post, December 10, 2012
KARE-11 News, December 08, 2012
Fleet Owner, December 07, 2012
Minnesota Daily, November 06, 2012
National Public Radio, September 27, 2012
Minnesota Daily, September 11, 2012
WCCO 4 TV News, August 28, 2012
MPR and Midwest Energy News, August 28, 2012
Talent Management, August 12, 2012
Star Tribune, June 11, 2012
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, May 16, 2012
Northwest Community Television, April 20, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek, March 22, 2012
Finance and Commerce, March 19, 2012
Government Technology, March 15, 2012
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, February 10, 2012

2011

Finance & Commerce, December 08, 2011
St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 11, 2011
Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute, November 01, 2011
StarTribune, September 24, 2011
StarTribune, September 18, 2011
Minnesota Daily, September 13, 2011
Minnesota Public Radio, September 13, 2011
Minnesota Daily, September 08, 2011
Bloomington Indiana Herald Times, September 02, 2011
MinnPost, September 01, 2011
Bacon's Rebellion, August 31, 2011
Minnesota Public Radio, August 30, 2011
StarTribune, August 26, 2011
Twin Cities Daily Planet, August 25, 2011
Northland's News Center, August 12, 2011
Twin Cities Daily Planet, August 01, 2011
Minnesota Daily, July 27, 2011
Twin Cities Daily Planet, July 19, 2011
StarTribune, June 27, 2011
Lakeland PTV, June 16, 2011
American City & County, June 15, 2011
StarTribune, June 13, 2011
Finance and Commerce, March 11, 2011
Chicago Tribune, February 18, 2011
Minnesota Daily, February 16, 2011

2010

Minnesota Public Radio, September 07, 2010
Minnesota Public Radio, September 03, 2010
Minnesota Public Radio, August 10, 2010
Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning, July 15, 2010
Minnesota Daily, July 09, 2010
MinnPost, June 16, 2010
Dayton Daily News, June 08, 2010
USA Today, June 03, 2010
Better Roads, June 01, 2010
Minnesota Public Radio, March 29, 2010
Minnesota Daily, March 22, 2010
Minnesota Public Radio, February 16, 2010

2009

Minnesota Public Radio, December 16, 2009
Environmental Science & Technology, December 01, 2009
New York Times - Wheels Blog, October 09, 2009
USA TODAY, October 06, 2009
Pioneer Press, August 11, 2009
Minnesota Public Radio, August 03, 2009
Surface Transportation Innovations, July 16, 2009
Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2009
KUWS Radio (Wisconsin), May 17, 2009
Star Tribune, April 13, 2009
The New York Times, March 26, 2009
Minnesota Public Radio, March 10, 2009

2008

Minnesota Public Radio, December 10, 2008
Minnesota Public Radio, September 17, 2008
St. Paul Pioneer Press, August 29, 2008
Twin Cities Live, August 10, 2008
Minnesota Public Radio, July 30, 2008
Washington Post, July 28, 2008
Pioneer Press, July 22, 2008
Fort Mills Times, July 22, 2008
Minnesota Public Radio, July 22, 2008
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, July 17, 2008
Minnesota Public Radio, June 30, 2008

2007

2006

Star Tribune, October 16, 2006