(@chris.berrens)

Policy and Planning

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)

Policy and Planning

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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(@dcarivea)

Environment

Vegetation management practices to enhance roadside pollinator habitat

Pollinators such as native bees, including the federally-endangered rusty-patch bumble bee (Bombus affinis), and Monarch butterflies are at risk due to the loss of native habitats from increasing development, intensive agricultural practices, and greater use of pesticides. Roadside habitats, in particular, have grown in importance as they can provide habitat and act as migratory corridors. The objective of this project ...more »

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(@aeroplan)

Policy and Planning

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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(@michael.cremin)

Materials and Construction

Partnering with construction to advance data lifecycle

Asset with identification and/or development of training to assist construction staff in navigating electronic environments to further promote construction's ability to advance 3D models, asset management in a GIS environment, and other digital e-construction administration methods.

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(@amber.dallman)

Maintenance Operations

Best Practices for Winter Maintenance for Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility

Pedestrian fatalities on US roadways have been increasing in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths in traffic crashes in 2016, representing 16% of all traffic fatalities (NHTSA. Traffic Safety Facts. 2016 Data). This was an increase from 4,700 and 11% in 2007. In Minnesota, while other crash types of traffic fatalities have declined, deaths ...more »

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(@shuo.wang)

Traffic and Safety

Evaluating the Impacts of Construction Projects on Transit Service Performance

Corridors such as I-35W and I-494 in the Twin Cities region have been undergoing major construction projects. During project scoping, preliminary plan development stage and construction stage, the Transportation Management Plan (TMP) offers mitigation strategies to minimize work zone impact. Research is needed on how transit operations is impacted by these construction projects and develop possible transit mitigation ...more »

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(@jim.henricksen)

Policy and Planning

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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(@scott.bradley)

Environment

Electronic NPDES Inspection and Performance Measurement Tools

The NPDES permit requires the owner and operator to inspect the entire site each week and after any rain fall greater than 0.5 inches in a 24 hour period. While the inspection report has a permit defined minimum criteria, the intent is a quality control and assurance tool for the owner/operator to correct deficiencies in a timely manner. This document creates something similar to a weekly punch list for scheduling the ...more »

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(@scott.bradley)

Environment

Stormwater Inlet Protection Device Determination of Performance

The NPDES permit requires inlet protection due to stormwater and construction operations. How to implement effective inlet protection remains a mystery if the intent is to 'protect' storm egress inlets while providing a flood prevention bypass and for all types of construction activities. Significant time and money are currently being expended in the purchase and installation of sediment and pollutant control inlets devices ...more »

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(@timothy.sexton)

Policy and Planning

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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(@lzanko)

Materials and Construction

Taconite as a lower cost alternative High Friction Surface Treatment to Calcined Bauxite for low volume local roads in Minnesota

Real field data are lacking for a direct comparative performance evaluation of Mesabi (taconite) friction aggregate and calcined bauxite in high friction surface treatments (HFST) applications. Calcined bauxite has been given a preferred status relative to HFST usage by FHWA, but is imported, expensive, and energy-intensive to produce. A recycled/byproduct alternative like Mesabi HFST aggregate may still provide adequate ...more »

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(@melissa.barnes)

Multimodal

Examination of roadway speeds, speeding, and pedestrian safety

Engineering and enforcement solutions to encourage drivers yielding to pedestrians are guided by the speed and grade of the roadway. However, recommended yielding distances and driver compliance are negatively impacted by drivers who exceed the speed limit or by expectations of speed based on road designs or driving culture. An analysis of the relationship between driver yielding to pedestrians and speed and speeding ...more »

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(@nlmorris)

Traffic and Safety

Driver Comprehension of Flashing Yellow Arrows

Flashing yellow arrows are frequently deployed to smooth left-turning traffic at signalized intersections. While FHWA considers the flashing yellow arrow as a dramatic safety improvement on the green ball and that it is intuitive to drivers, driver complaints about their confusing state and some high profile crashes call into question their mainstream comprehension. An added complication is the various light arrangments ...more »

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(@anthony.fernando)

Policy and Planning

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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