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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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Catalyst (May 2020)

Center for Transportation Studies (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, 2020-05)
Articles include: Get lots of sleep—but not behind the wheel; Reusing wastewater at Minnesota’s truck stations could help conserve state’s water resources; Taconite-based mixtures show further promise for repairing potholes; ...

AirTAP Briefings (Spring 2020, vol. 20, no. 2)

Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP) (Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP) (Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota), 2020)
Articles include: Managing airside vegetation; An airport’s story: Moose Lake–Carlton County; Longtime figure at MnDOT Aeronautics embarks on next chapter; Getting to the root of airfield vegetation problems; Resources and ...

Optimized Taconite-Based Pavement Repair Compound and Deployment System

Zanko, Lawrence M.; Post, Sara P.; Oreskovich, Julie A.; Geerts, Stephen Monson; Drazan, Jaqueline (Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2019-12)
This project refined the Natural Resources Research Institute's (NRRI) patented taconite-based repair compound, explored equipment options, and field tested/demonstrated a low-cost mechanized system that can efficiently ...

Expanding the Success of Salt-Tolerant Roadside Turfgrasses through Innovation and Education

Watkins, Eric; Trappe, Jon; Moncada, Kristine; Bauer, Sam; Reyes, Jonah (Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2020-02)
Our project was based on the need to water new roadside installations more efficiently to ensure that the turfgrasses, especially the new salt-tolerant mixes, establish more successfully with a predictable and uniform ...

Improve Traffic Volume Estimates from MnDOT's Regional Traffic Management Center

Kwon, Taek M. (Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2020-02)
The Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) deploys a large number of traffic detectors in the Twin Cities' freeway network and continuously collects traffic ...

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