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Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

It’s About Time: The Transit-Time Penalty and its Racial Implications

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Twin Cities Homeownership, Poverty, and High School Graduation Rates, by Racial and Ethnic Group

NEIGHBORHOODS ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE
TAKE ACTION MN
ISAIAH
THE CENTER FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY
Transit has many individual and community benefits—from improved safety and cost savings to enhanced personal and environmental health. However, across the nation, trips to work by public transportation take twice as long as trips to work by single-occupancy vehicle. While 68 percent of commutes by people who drove alone last less than 30 minutes, more than half (53 percent) of public transportation commutes are 45 minutes or longer. These travel-mode disparities have racial outcomes: national data show that people of color rely on public transportation for their commutes at significantly higher rates than whites.

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The State of Minnesota’s Bridges

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
mn-bridges-side

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
The average age of these sub-par bridges is 66 years — well over the typical design life of 50 years and nearly double the average age of all Minnesota bridges (35 years old). More than one in ten Minnesota bridges were built before 1948 — which means more than 1,300 bridges are older than the Korean War and creation of Medicare…Minnesota drivers collectively took close to 628 million trips over deficient bridges in 2014. That’s more than 1.7 million trips per day or almost 1,200 trips every minute taken over deficient Minnesota bridges in 2014.

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Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: The Benefits of Increased Rail Investment

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: The Benefits of Increased Rail Investment

Freight railroads are making significant investments in Ninth District states (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Phil Davies presents an overview of the cover story of the April 2015 issue of the fedgazette.

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Twin Cities, MN: Water Sustainability in the Northeast Metro Area

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
Figure 1. Saint Paul Supply System Schematic

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
The primary objective of this study is to understand the relative costs and implementation considerations of different approaches to water sustainability. The northeast metro provides a study area for this evaluation. The Minnesota Legislature requested this part of the metro area to be studied specifically, given the continued concern over lake levels and the interaction of groundwater and lakes in the area, especially White Bear Lake. The study area includes 13 communities. The results will be incorporated in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Master Water Supply Plan. The study will be referenced to support future planning of metro area water supplies and water sustainability practices.

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Multimodal Transportation Alternatives for Minnesota

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

This paper looks at alternatives for promoting and strengthening multimodal transportation in rural and small urban areas. It outlines 65 different innovative activities around the United States that have been undertaken to promote multimodalism in rural areas and smaller towns. These activities are grouped into six categories: improving transit options; accommodating alternative vehicles; supporting pedestrian and bicycle travel; multimodal land use planning; the use of financial incentives to promote multimodal land use development; and other alternatives that do not fit in these five categories.

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Minnesota DOT: Maintaining Bridges

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Minnesota DOT: Maintaining Bridges

Nancy Daubenberger, Minnesota State Bridge Engineer, discusses Minnesota bridges and the continuous effort that goes into their construction and maintenance.

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Promoting Public Engagement in Local Road Planning

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Persistent resource shortfalls and historic changes in usage of local road systems are challenging the sustainability of local road systems in Minnesota and elsewhere. The exact nature of the sustainability issues is difficult to pin down to one or two sources. Clearly, there are multiple sources of road system sustainability challenges. It is also true that the nature of the local road system sustainability problem is partly in the eye of the beholder. Divergences and convergences in information, perspectives, and preferences among the stakeholders in this issue potentially constrain or enable effective actions to address the challenges…Therefore, there is a need to develop and evaluate practical methods for communicating with and engaging diverse stakeholders in decision making regarding the complex, contested policy issues associated with local road systems.

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St. Paul, MN: Sliding the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge Into Place

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
St. Paul, MN: Sliding the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge Into Place

Q: How do you move a 3.5 million-pound bridge?
A: One inch at a time.
For the new Larpenteur Ave. Bridge over I-35E north of St. Paul, Minn., MnDOT used an innovative slide-in-bridge-construction

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Minnesota Bike Lanes: Learning to Share the Road

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Minnesota Bike Lanes: Learning to Share the Road

Minnesota has a national reputation as one of the best states in the county for biking. Part of this acclaim includes hundreds of miles of on-street bike lanes. We talked with pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists in Minnesota in order to identify some common misconceptions about bike lanes. (Produced by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board.)

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Expanding and Streamlining the Twin Cities Freeway Network

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Figure 11 Speed-Based Congestion report visualization for AM-peak of October 2012 based on program cleaned data

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
The Twin Cities freeway network is a densely instrumented and growing transportation system. As the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) pursues a performance-based management strategy to monitor the health of the network and make planning and management decisions, the data from this vast network is being examined using a variety of methods.

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