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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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Access to Destinations: Annual Accessibility Measure for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Region

Owen, Andrew; Levinson, David (Minnesota Department of Transportation, Research Services, 2012-11)
This report summarizes previous phases of the Access to Destinations project and applies the techniques developed over the course of the project to conduct an evaluation of accessibility in the Twin Cities metropolitan ...

Investigation of Performance Requirements of Full-Depth Reclamation Stabilization

Le, Jia-Liang; Marasteanu, Mihai; Milavitz, Rose (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016-03)
This research investigates the relationship between the mechanical properties of SFDR and the final performance of the rehabilitated pavements. The study involves two computational tools (MEPDG and MnPAVE) for the simulation ...

Implementation and Evaluation of a Low-Cost Weigh-In- Motion System

Kwon, Taek M (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016-03)
Building a WIM system around polymer piezoelectric film sensors, called BL sensors, costs only a fraction of the traditional WIM system built around crystalline-quartz piezoelectric sensors called Lineas sensors. However, ...

Validation of Wetland Mitigation in Abandoned Borrow Areas – Phase II

Johnson, Kurt W. (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016-03)
Road construction in northeast Minnesota often causes wetland impacts that require compensatory mitigation. Borrow areas excavated for road construction material can be developed into wetland mitigation sites if hydric ...

Enhancement and Application of the Minnesota Dry Swale Calculator

Garcia-Serrana, Maria; Gulliver, John S; Nieber, John L. (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016-04)
Roadside drainage ditches (roadside grassed swales) typically receive runoff directly from the road and water is infiltrated over the side slope of the ditch, similar to a filter strip. Water that runs off the side slopes ...

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