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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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Center for Transportation Studies Annual Report 2016: The Power of Curiosity

Center for Transportation Studies (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016)
This annual report highlights FY16 CTS research projects. CTS brings together researchers, funders, and stakeholders to create shared understanding of new and emerging issues and ensure that research is relevant and useful.

Arterial Link Travel Time Estimation Using Loop Detector Data - Phase I

Zhang, Michael; Wu, Tong Qiang; Kwon, Eil; Sommers, Kevin; Habib, Ahsan (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 1997-05)
In recognition of the need for an effective yet inexpensive way of estimating arterial travel times, MnDOT has sponsored a research project to develop a travel time estimation model using loop detector data. This project ...

Risk evaluation for in-vehicle sign information

Schlicht, Erik J; Morris, Nichole L (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016-05)
The goal of the study was to examine the influence of in-vehicle signing (IVS) pertaining to four types of changing driving conditions and determine the utility and potential safety costs associated with the IVS information. ...

Evaluation of Bio-Fog Sealants for Pavement Preservation

Ghosh, Debaroti; Turos, Mugur; Marasteanu, Mihai (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016-06)
Pavement preservation is playing an increasingly significant role in maintaining our aging pavement infrastructure. One important component is the application of sealants to the pavement surface. In a joint study between ...

Innovative Technology Workshop on 3D LIDAR

Davis, Brian (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016-06)
The use of LIDAR is becoming more common among state, county, and local agencies. It presents a means for collecting a great deal of information about the geometry of a road, its surrounding area, and depending on the ...

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