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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.

News release, October 07, 2014

New research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota ranks 46 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States for accessibility to jobs by transit.

Center for Transportation Studies, June 11, 2014

The newly opened Metro Transit Green Line LRT runs from Target Field in Minneapolis through the heart of the University of Minnesota campus to Union Depot in St. Paul. The U of M is a major destination along the new line.

Center for Transportation Studies, May 03, 2014

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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (05/03/2014) —Below is a statement from CTS Director Laurie McGinnis on the news of the death of Congressman James L. Oberstar last night.

"Jim Oberstar was a true friend to transportation research and innovation at the University of Minnesota. At heart, he was an educator and storyteller who loved talking to students about their studies and their research. Jim amazed us all with his ability to recall detailed transportation facts and figures when making a point about a particular issue. Over ten years ago, CTS and the University founded the James L. Oberstar Forum on Transportation Policy and Technology to provide a venue for national, state, and academic leaders to gather and generate a 'cornucopia of ideas' for the latest transportation issues of the day. Jim was always in the middle of those debates and discussions sharing his passion and knowledge with everyone in attendance, then taking what he learned back to Washington to share with his colleagues in Congress."

UMNews, September 30, 2013

In a national competition held by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) at the University of Minnesota has been selected to lead a new $10.4 million regional University Transportation Center consortium focused on improving transportation safety.

Center for Transportation Studies, August 20, 2013

A new research study is recommending ways to make it easier for developers and employers to select sites that encourage living-wage jobs and mixed-income housing near transit.

Center for Transportation Studies, April 04, 2013

The new study Access Across America goes beyond congestion rankings to focus on accessibility: a measure that examines both land use and the transportation system. The study is the first systematic comparison of trends in accessibility to jobs by car within the United States.

UMNews, January 12, 2012

A new transit-related study led by University of Minnesota assistant professor Yingling Fan finds that encouraging employers to locate near Minnesota’s new transitways is especially important for the region’s economic future. The greatest accessibility benefits can be realized by seeking both employers and housing for development near transitways.

UMNews, January 12, 2012

Using research from the University of Minnesota, the company Drive Power, LLC, aims to change grim statistics for teen drivers involved in crashes by introducing DriveScribe, a revolutionary mobile app that encourages safe driving habits and provides real-time coaching to novice drivers. The technology was developed by University mechanical engineering department researchers through research funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the ITS Institute.

UMNews, March 12, 2009

With nearly $48 billion in federal stimulus money dedicated to transportation, repairing and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure is a key priority of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. While the goal of the act is to create jobs and improve infrastructure, the recent interdisciplinary research study “Moving Communities Forward” conducted by CTS for Congress found that well-designed transportation projects have the ability to transform communities.

UMNews, November 20, 2008

Preliminary results of the University of Minnesota's independent academic study of the I-35W bridge collapse suggest that lack of robustness in the bridge's original design, additional load from bridge improvements over the years, weight from construction materials and stresses induced by temperature changes contributed to the collapse of the I-35W bridge on Aug. 1, 2007.

UMNews, February 19, 2008

University of Minnesota junior Rachel Gaulke has built a replica model of the collapsed I-35W bridge to be presented to the National Transportation Safety Board for further investigation.

UMNews, December 18, 2007

University of Minnesota researcher Mick Rakauskas has surveyed drivers in Minnesota and discovered that rural drivers are practicing as many common safety precautions on the road as their urban counterparts.

UMNews, September 15, 2007

A new class at the University of Minnesota takes a look at the I-35W tragedy from all angles.