Policy and Planning

Policy and Planning

Implementing Interactive Public Engagement Online Interface

In order for the public to fully engage in MnDOT's work, it is crucial that the public better understand MnDOT's processes and the ways in which their engagement will contribute to those processes. MnDOT's Office of Public Engagement and Constituent Services has therefore created a tool (the "Project Development Continuum") to explain MnDOT's highway project development process including both the technical and human components ...more »

Submitted by (@renee.raduenz)

Idea Submitted by : Renee Raduenz

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT Central Office, Public Engagement & Constituent Services Office

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Richard D. Davis, PECS Director

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

This project fits MnDOT's "engagement, communications and education" focus area within the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP), MnDOT's WIG 2.0 efforts to build customer trust, the State of Minnesota's Statewide Civic Engagement efforts, and the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) efforts to improve public engagement during the scoping phase of projects. The primary benefit is making MnDOT's public engagement efforts more accessible and understandable, which should lead to better and more engagement. By having better engagement, MnDOT can improve the ways in which it includes the public's perspective into its work.

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

Voting

1 vote
1 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Policy and Planning

Employee Hot Line

The idea for a research project entails implementing a third-party 24/7 employee hotline/case management system. In light of the many issues surfacing in society today, implementing a 24/7 employee hotline/case management system, constructed by a third party vendor is necessary to meet our employee’s needs. Outlined below are the details pertaining to the reasons why this would be important. This is important to meet ...more »

Submitted by (@jane.van.why)

Idea Submitted by : Jane Van Why

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

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Scott McBride

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

In light of the many issues surfacing in society today, implementing a 24/7 employee hotline/case management system, constructed by a third party vendor is necessary to meet our employee’s needs. Outlined below are the details pertaining to the reasons why this would be important.

 

This is important to meet current challenges of:

* Addressing complaints that do not surface because of the fear of retaliation. The primary benefit of a hotline is to address anonymous callers, especially in this environment where people like to remain anonymous, are leery about surfacing issues, and also have personal concerns about retaliation (even if the organization would not retaliate).

* To ensure we are held accountable to complainants regarding investigation timelines.

* Being transparent and timely as a government agency. Implementing a hotline would be timely, considering the fact

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

Voting

2 votes
2 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Policy and Planning

Tactile Mapping Options for Increased Accessibility and Compliance

Evaluate methods to increase accessibility for the visually impaired to MnDOT products such as maps and to help in public outreach for proposed projects.

Submitted by (@benjamin.timerson)

Idea Submitted by : GIM Section of OTSM

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Office of Transportation System Management

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Ben Timerson

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

Improve intentional customer engagement of the visually impaired community. Will help limit MnDOT's liability under the ADA.

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

Voting

25 votes
25 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Policy and Planning

Applying the ride-share business model to support public transit service needs in Greater Minnesota

In Greater Minnesota organizations coordinate volunteer drivers, utilizing their personal autos, who are an important service provider for non-emergency medical trips such as kidney dialysis. Volunteer driver studies conducted by the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access (MCOTA) describe the value of the volunteer drivers in meeting in Greater Minnesota’s transportation needs in the most cost effective manner compared ...more »

Submitted by (@sara.dunlap)

Idea Submitted by : Sara Dunlap

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

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Tim Mitchell

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

Volunteer drivers are an important part of the transportation network, support public transit services and fill a gap for residents in Greater Minnesota by providing trips that are not cost effective for public transit providers. The number of volunteer drivers is declining for multiple reasons. There is no 'back-up' plan for how to deliver these transit trips. This issue is a high priority as it requires time to both understand the potential solutions and work with drivers to implement the new model.

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

Voting

15 votes
15 up votes
0 down votes
Active

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

Voting

7 votes
7 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Policy and Planning

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

Voting

15 votes
15 up votes
0 down votes
Active