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Established in 1987, the mission of the University's Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) is to improve transportation decision-making in Minnesota and at a national level. CTS conducts multidisciplinary research, education, and outreach programs. Learn more about the CTS at

Included here is a selection of CTS reports dating from October 1997 to the present, annual reports, Catalyst newsletter, and publications arranged by CTS program.

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Investigation of Shear Distribution Factors in Prestressed Concrete Girder Bridges

Dymond, Benjamin Z; French, Catherine EW; Shield, Carol K (Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2016-09)
As shear requirements for prestressed concrete girders have changed, some structures designed using older specifications do not rate well with current methods. However, signs of shear distress have not been observed in ...

Robotic Roadway Message and Symbol Painter Implementation

Rosandich, Ryan G (Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2016-09)
The goals of this project were to develop a large-scale vehicle-mounted robotic roadway message painter that could be run by a single operator, and to develop software to enable the device to automatically paint various ...

Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Thickness Variation Versus Observed Pavement Distress

Khazanovich, Lev; Hoegh, Kyle; Barnes, Randal; Conway, Ryan; Salles, Lucio (Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2016-09)
Benefits from a potential significant correlation between distresses and slab thickness can be broadly applied in all stages of highway development from design and construction to maintenance decisions. In order to ...

Linking the Unemployed to Jobs: Integrated Transit Planning and Workforce Development (Research Brief)

Fan, Yingling; Guthrie, Andrew; Vardhan Das, Kirti (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016-09)
This two-page research brief summarizes the objectives and findings for the research report on Spatial and Skills Mismatch of Unemployment and Job Vacancies.

Access Across America: Auto 2015

Owen, Andrew; Murphy, Brendan; Levinson, David (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016-09)
Accessibility is the ease of reaching valued destinations. It can be measured across different times of day (accessibility in the morning rush might be lower than the less-congested midday period). It can be measured for ...

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