Policy and Planning

Policy and Planning

Spatial Analysis of Agriculture Supply Chain to Assess Transportation Impacts

Efficient agriculture movement is critical to Minnesota’s economic health. In the past two decades, the agriculture supply chain experienced a number of market, technological, and policy innovations that have directly influenced the way producers and wholesalers navigate their local freight networks. With producers’ reliance on rural and urban roadways projected to grow, so too are concerns for accelerated pavement degradation, ...more »

Submitted by (@lmunnich)

Idea Submitted by : Lee Munnich

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Jon Huseby, District Engineer, MnDOT District 8 (Willmar)

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

As rural and urban roads assume a more exaggerated responsibility for connecting agricultural products to the market place, local freight planners are increasingly seeking informed, innovative solutions to address the growing industry’s transportation needs.

Outcomes of this study can inform MnDOT district and strategic freight network investments. Specific potential benefits include:

-identification of trends in specific districts of the state, that can inform local decision making, such as roadway improvement priorities

-identification of statewide trends, that can inform strategic freight investments

-provision of maps than can be used to facilitate a broader understanding of agriculture supply chain and transportation implications, including among the public and policy makers.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : Joint MnDOT/LRRB Research

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Measuring the Economic Impact of Rural Transit Service in Greater Minnesota

The state legislature set a target for MnDOT to increase Greater Minnesota transit ridership by 40% by 2025. To reach this goal, transit systems need to add hours of service and connect to more communities. MnDOT currently provides 80% of operating funds; the local share is 15%. In Greater Minnesota, local funds from cities subsidize urban service. For rural services, contract revenue provides the majority of the local ...more »

Submitted by (@sara.dunlap)

Idea Submitted by : Sara Dunlap

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT Office of Transit

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Mike Schadauer

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Currently, there are few resources that calculate the economic impacts of transit, and very few that can be applied to Greater Minnesota considering the population density and geographic make up. Through this research, MnDOT will be contributing to the limited national body of research on this topic, provide information to local leaders about the benefits of transit and help MnDOT justify funding requests from the legislature for Greater Minnesota transit.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Research

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Need Statement #497

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Guide for Local Agency Officials: How to Communicate with the public, media, and elected officials

An essential skill for city and county engineers and other local officials is effective communication with stakeholders. This skill is typically learned on the job. This purpose of this guide is to compile tips, resources, and training to help local agency officials in the following areas: 1. How to have successful interactions with the public, the council, and the media 2. How to manage city councils and county commissions ...more »

Submitted by (@lrrbmetrofocusgroup)

Idea Submitted by : Metro LRRB Focus Group

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Don Theisen, Washington County

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

The ability to listen to and inform the public and elected officials about local needs and solutions is an essential job skill. This guide would be a valuable resource for local agency skill development.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : LRRB Research

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Potential project for LRRB Outreach Committee

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Minnesota Roads: Assessment of risk of local, regional, and state funding options

Many communities are using local funds instead of state funds to improve state roads in MN. The objectives of this study are to: 1. Identify the trends and potential consequences of local funding vs. regional and state funding for roads. 2. Identify how much local agencies are spending on others’ systems: who’s paying for what? 3. Identify the implications and the long-term impacts of these funding trends 4. Show how ...more »

Submitted by (@lrrbmetrofocusgroup)

Idea Submitted by : LRRB Metro Focus Group

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Russ Matthys, Eagan

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

The potential benefits include:

1. Educating elected officials on true costs of road expenses and the implications of not doing anything

2. Identifying opportunity costs

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : LRRB Research

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Need Statement #501

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The economic impacts of local public infrastructure investments

Local staff need evidence and examples of the likely economic and other benefits from infrastructure investments to inform decisions and to educate citizens and policymakers. The objective for this study is to identify relevant examples of the economic impacts of infrastructure investments such as sidewalks and bikeways. In addition, does good access management for businesses affect commercial property values differently ...more »

Submitted by (@lrrbmetrofocusgroup)

Idea Submitted by : MRRB Metro Focus Group

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Deb Heiser, St. Louis Park/Jan Lucke, Washington County

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

The expected benefits of this study include:

1. the ability to justify infrastructure investment decisions and to make the case for funding requests;

2. information to use in prioritizing project investments; and

3. answers to citizen reaction: “you’re destroying my property values.”

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : LRRB Research

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Need Statement #509

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Transportation Workforce Recruitment and Retention Strategies

The transportation industry is facing a severe and growing workforce shortage. Not enough new workers are entering the field, and retaining current workers is often challenging. It can be difficult for local agencies to find the staff needed to deliver projects. The problem extends to consultants and the private sector. Research is needed to understand the causes of the shortage. The problem is especially acute for ...more »

Submitted by (@lrrbmetrofocusgroup)

Idea Submitted by : LRRB Metro Focus Group

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Lyndon Robjent, Carver County

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

The transportation industry, and particularly local transportation agencies, would gain an understanding of the workforce shortage and be equipped with strategies to attract a skilled workforce. A skilled workforce is necessary to deliver transportation projects efficiently, maintain transportation systems, and, ultimately, meet the state’s transportation needs.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : Joint MnDOT/LRRB Research

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Need Statement #508

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Construction Project Traffic Impact Analysis Methodology and DTA Model Validation

MnDOT has been working toward better understanding of traffic impacts and Road User Costs associated with reduced system capacity during construction activities. In an effort to quantify those impacts, a Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) / Mesoscopic Travel demand model was developed within the DynusT/DynuStudio software platform. This model has been useful for quantifying these impacts among various construction phasing ...more »

Submitted by (@jim.henricksen)

Idea Submitted by : Jim Henricksen

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Metro District

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Ron Rauchle

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

There is more emphasis and desire for MnDOT to minimize traffic impacts relating to construction projects placed on system users. To effectively doe this, we need to continue to refine and improve the tools the improve our capabilities of analyzing the trade offs made between minimizing Road Users Costs and Construction Costs. This project could help us move us toward improving our effectiveness in balancing these tow competing goals.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Research

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