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(@mlevin)

Policy and Planning

Cost/benefit analysis of future SPaT deployment

Due to rising fuel costs, consumers are increasingly aware of fuel efficiency (MPG) in the vehicles they purchase, which is reflected in increasing hybrid and electric vehicle sales. Fuel efficiency directly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, and the transportation sector accounted for 29% of US emissions in 2018. Anticipating future signal phases creates significant opportunities for individual vehicles to optimize... more »

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(@tfisher)

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Community Transit Strategies

A human-centered design approach to transportation in Greater Minnesota can lead to more efficient transit solutions that utilize the existing public and private assets in rural communities. This approach can take several directions, depending upon the community's needs and assets. We propose engaging the city of Wabasha in a community transit pilot project that would give people with transportation needs access to rides... more »

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(@chris.berrens)

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Developing Micromobility Management Tools through User Fees

Micromobility (electric scooters, electric bikes, etc.) services quite literally arrived overnight on Minnesota streets in 2018. While, these services offer many benefits to the transportation system, they also bring a number of challenges that need to be examined. Notable issues include addressing the operational needs, unique infrastructure demands, and the public's concern over where these vehicles are stored when... more »

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(@aeroplan)

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Impacts of Airport Zoning on Land and Property Values

Airport Safety Zoning is required by statute (Chapter 360) in Minnesota for the safety of people on the ground and in the air by preventing incompatible development around airports. Despite this requirement, by one measure only about 50% of the state's airport communities have enacted ordinances that are fully compliant with Minnesota's somewhat stringent airport zoning standards as articulated in Minnesota Administrative... more »

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(@aeroplan)

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Using Technology to Accurately Count Airport Operations

Many technologies have been deployed to attempt to count the number of aircraft operations at General Aviation airports. Among these are acoustic counters, radio monitors, pneumatic tube, game trail cameras, and manual counts. Each of these technologies has limitations that do not allow truly accurate accounting of airport operations at reasonable cost. This project would develop technology to deploy video cameras at... more »

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(@jim.henricksen)

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Analyzing the Impacts of Vehicle Automation on Cost, Operation, and Performance of Transit Systems

Vehicle automation technology would likely transform transportation systems. Public transit is no exception. The use of autonomous transit vehicles will have significant budgetary implications on the development of transit system and its operation. Research is needed to learn about what impacts autonomous transit fleet will have on capital and operating costs, on workforce development, and on service management in order... more »

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(@timothy.sexton)

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Electric Vehicle Corridor Charging Study for Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks

Statute directs MnDOT to reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector; which is the largest sources of emissions in Minnesota. The state has examined corridor charging infrastructure for light-duty cars but has not studied charging needs for Medium- and Heavy-Duty (MD/HD) trucks, which have different needs than cars. Forecasts predict a large number of electric trucks will soon be used nationwide. We propose... more »

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(@anthony.fernando)

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Determine the number of drones in Minnesota

MnDOT is the state regulatory agency for aviation, responsible for safety, upkeep of infrastructure, and collection of sales and use taxes related to the use of aircraft. Taxes on aircraft are paid into the state airport fund, which is used to maintain aviation infrastructure in Minnesota. Recent improvements in digital radio control, GPS, microcontroller, and battery technologies have made unmanned aircraft (drones)... more »

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(@jim.henricksen)

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Accessibility-Based Congestion Measure for Transit

Congestion on Minnesota's roads and highways reduces commuters' ability to reach destinations. These impacts are felt by all road users, whether traveling by car or by public transit. MnDOT leads the ongoing National Accessibility Evaluation pooled fund research project, which currently measures the impact congestion has on job access by car. Research towards a comparable transit measure can bring greater understanding... more »

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(@andrew.andrusko)

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First and Last Mile Connections - How to Manage Freight Delivery with Automated Vehicles

One of the on going issues with delivery of goods is the first and last mile connections which are primarily made of local roads. This research will help to identify future trends and policy issues with freight delivery by autonomous vehicles and automated vehicles. While significant research has look at current solutions in the present day, how should businesses and communities plan for the future supply chain of tomorrow.... more »

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(@andrew.andrusko)

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Truck Parking Land Use Guide for Local Governments

There is a national shortage of truck parking that is affecting freight flows throughout the country. In a society increasingly reliant on just in time delivery and ecommerce truck parking issues are becoming more common. This research would be to collaboratively develop a local land use planning and zoning guide on the subject of how to integrate truck parking into communities. One of the largest challenges identified... more »

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(@hally.turner)

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Effective community engagement methods that lead to ongoing long-term relationships

While innovative strategies are being used to create inclusive public engagement processes, further research can help MnDOT and its partners identify targeted outreach and effective engagement methods that can support the participation of underserved and underrepresented groups. MnDOT's Strategic Operating Plan commitment to strengthen relationships by "promot[ing] ongoing, inclusive and community-based approaches to... more »

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(@hally.turner)

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Disparities faced by older adults, people with sensory and/or cognitive disabilities, single-and parent households

Transportation equity efforts aim to create a transportation system that all populations can participate in and benefit from, while prioritizing the needs of populations who have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented by transportation systems. Underserved populations identified in transportation equity-related programming typically include people of color, low-income communities, zero-vehicle households,... more »

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(@hally.turner)

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Outcome evaluation metrics related to equity that include both quantitative and qualitative measures

Transportation equity-related policies typically identify the importance and need for equity analyses or evaluation metrics but often do not include clear measures for quantifying the impacts of a program or policy. Further, existing evaluation metrics are typically based on quantitative data (e.g., per household, per vehicle miles, per dollar, etc.). Interviews and focus group discussions with community members can provide... more »

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(@hally.turner)

Policy and Planning

Implementation strategies and outcomes of existing transportation equity efforts

The Center for Transportation Studies Advancing Transportation Equity study identified numerous initiatives across the United States that aim to advance transportation equity at different scales, but did not conduct detailed review of the strategies or outcomes of these initiatives. An in-depth study of existing programs and plans is necessary to develop a comprehensive understanding of potential implications these policies... more »

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