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Impacts of Airport Zoning on Land/Home 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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Local Planning and Zoning Guidance on Truck Parking

According to the FHWA led, National Coalition on Truck Parking one of the biggest hurdles toward expanded truck parking capacity at key sites across the country are local government zoning and land use regulations. A majority of truck parking is owned and operated by private companies. This project would identify ways to incorporate truck parking in communities in ways that do not cause harmful impacts to residents and ...more »

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Impacts of Shared Mobility in the State of Minnesota

In recent years, shared mobility (SM), has changed the way people move in major cities. The popularity and growth of SM services are driven by the benefits their users perceive. Among others, users highlight the speed of travel, ready availability, comfort, and convenience, as well as allowing them to avoid driving hassles, such as parking difficulties, and driving after drinking. Despite the benefits for its users, SM ...more »

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State Aid for Transportation Funding in Minnesota

According to MnDOT, state aid for local transportation corresponds to 30% of total expenses in the state, the second highest proportion after state road and bridge construction (39%), but there is very little research about it. In this research, we propose to assess their impact of state aid on localities’ revenue-raising capacity, as well as on local road development. In addition, we propose a review and analysis of ...more »

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The Impact of Deferred Maintenance in Minnesota

In allocating transportation funding, local governments need to balance between new constructions and maintenance. Because regular maintenances are less visible than the construction of new facilities, maintenance costs often take a backseat in transportation improvement plan. When local governments encounter fiscal stress, necessary maintenance costs may be deferred to free up funding for other purposes. The failure ...more »

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The Wheelage Tax and the Local Option Sale Tax for Transportation in Minnesota

Almost 80% of the counties in the state of Minnesota have enacted an additional tax to fund transportation projects. Out of the 87 counties, 54 have adopted the wheelage tax, around 40 have adopted the local option sales tax, and among them, some counties decided to adopt both of them. In addition, most of the counties decided to have a half local option sales tax, while only five decided to have a one-quarter tax. Furthermore, ...more »

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of State Infrastructure Bank in Minnesota

In 1995, the federal government established a State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) program to finance eligible transportation projects. In Minnesota, the Transportation Revolving Loan Fund (TRLF) provides low interest loans to cities, counties and other governmental entities. We propose a research to examine the experience of the TRLF program and to evaluate its effectiveness in promoting local transportation development. ...more »

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Developing a Transportation Finance Database for Minnesota Cities

Transportation is a critical component of public services provided by Minnesota cities. On one hand, the cities are facing similar challenges to leverage sufficient amount of revenues to fund its transportation system. On the other hand, each city may have some unique characteristics – geographic, demographic, socioeconomic etc. -- that affect its demand and supply of transportation services. There is a lot that the cities ...more »

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Improve Default Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) is created statewide for federal reporting but less than 50% of the centerline miles are tied to routine traffic counts. The rest use default AADT derived from less than 500 sample counts taken over 25 years ago. A pilot project to review and implement the current industry best practices for random sampling of roadways that are not routinely counted would lead to better default AADT ...more »

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Managing Utility Congestion within the ROW

Local agencies are running out of space within the ROW and are requesting knowledge/help with: • How are agencies managing their ROW data? o Are there examples/case studies of how local agencies are incorporating this within their asset management plans? o It's getting expensive to relocate utilities and is important to have data on what exists underground. o Are local agencies collecting GPS locations of their utilities ...more »

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GIS Tools and Apps – Integration w/Asset Management

This research project would review and update previous reports by surveying local agencies to determine: • Survey agencies to identify: o What options are out there for a local agency wanting to get into GIS? o Agencies have all kinds of data (sign, pavement, crash, culvert, etc.), what can be developed to put them in a GIS format? o Some of the newer apps they are using include: Collector (Esri), GeoMoose, Pathweb (Pathways, ...more »

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Statewide Market Segmentation Research Study

Hypothesis: The general public doesn’t recognize the important role the Department of Transportation plays in enhancing quality of life in MN. We hear anecdotally that the public mainly associates MnDOT with the things they happen to see: snow and ice removal and road construction. These are often discussed with a negative “spin” since they tend to be tied to inconvenient weather events and detours and delays. People ...more »

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