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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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Pressure-based dispatch for shared autonomous vehicles

Levin, Michael; Kang, Di (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2019-08)
Shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) technology is rapidly maturing, with two companies (Uber and Waymo) already testing SAV services in cities in the US. Due to the point-to-point service and lack of a driver, SAV service costs ...

Non-linear spacing policy and network analysis for shared-road platooning

Levin, Michael; Rajamani, Rajesh; Jeon, Woongsun; Chen, Rongsheng; Kang, Di (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2019-08)
Connected vehicle technology creates new opportunities for obtaining knowledge about the surrounding traffic and using that knowledge to optimize individual vehicle behaviors. This project creates an interdisciplinary group ...

Development and Regionalization of In Situ Bioslopes and Bioswales

Johnson, Kurt W; Cai, Meijun; Patelke, Marsha; Saftner, David; Cruz, Chanelle (Minnesota Department of Transportation., 2019-07)
This project is a multi-disciplinary investigation into the use of alternative media for biofiltration systems in Minnesota. Over the last thirty years, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has implemented ...

Regional Roadside Turfgrass Testing Program

Watkins, Eric; Trappe, Jon; Watkins, Eric; Trappe, Jon (Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2019-08)
Roadsides are a challenging environment for successfully establishing turfgrass. Site-specific stresses demand multi-site testing of grasses and grass mixtures. This study evaluated 60 entries that varied by cultivar, ...

Catalyst (December 2019)

Center for Transportation Studies (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2019-12)
Articles include: Transportation and urban governance in a platform-driven world; Study determines optimal sight distances and stop-bar positions at rural intersections; Sleep apnea treatment reduces medical insurance costs ...

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