Reports: Planning

2017 Transit Infrastructure Report Card
American Society of Civil Engineers, December 2017, 5 pp.
The report examines transit systems in the United States. Although transit in America continues to grow, carrying 10.5 billion trips in 2015, symptoms of overdue maintenance and underinvestment are clear. While some communities are experiencing a transit boom, many Americans still have inadequate access to public transit.   more info >

Climate Change and Its Impact on Infrastructure Systems in the Midwest
Midwest Economic Policy Institute, October 2017, 10 pp.
This study examines how climate change will negatively impact transportation and infrastructure systems across the Midwest. It offers information for policymakers regarding the potential costs and consequences of climate change, and recommends actions to protect communities and the economy.   more info >

Getting From Here to There: Funding Transit in the Region
Citizens League, February 2017, 151 pp.
Minnesota and other regions around the country are continuing to prepare for the incredible changes about to take place including an aging population, a declining workforce, among other factors. These changes will impact future economic health and quality of life dramatically. This report looks at transit in the region through the lens of governance, policy, and funding.   more info >

Creating Walkable and Bikeable Communities
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 2016, 280 pp.
This document provides guidance for increasing walking, cycling, universal access, and sustainable urban design with a focus on the need for integrated planning.   more info >

Linking the Unemployed to Jobs: Integrated Planning and Workforce Development
Center for Transportation Studies, September 2016, 3 pp.
This study examines spatial and skill mismatches in the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and examines the potential of a new approach: integrated transit planning and workforce development. Spatial mismatch is a serious problem in the Twin Cities region, and the biggest concentrations of unemployed workers lack frequent transit service to some of the richest concentrations of job vacancies, particularly jobs in the south and southwest metro.   more info >

Central Corridor Key Outcomes
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, June 2016, 60 pp.
Annual report designed to inform the impacts of the Central Corridor light rail transit line on the regional economy and adjacent neighborhoods.   more info >

MN2050 State of the Infrastructure
Wilder Research, June 2016, 20 pp.
At the request of MN2050, the Minnesota Department of Transportation worked with Wilder Research to conduct a survey to gather information about the characteristics and management of Minnesota's infrastructure.   more info >

The Influences of the Hiawatha LRT on Changes in Travel Behavior: A Retrospective Study on Movers
Center for Transporation Studies, University of Minnesota, November 2015, 27 pp.
This report examines the impacts of rail transit and neighborhood characteristics on both transit and car use in the Twin Cities metro area. The findings suggest that besides transit infrastructure, planners should promote transit-friendly neighborhood characteristics.   more info >

Annual Urban Mobility Report
Texas Transportation Institute, August 2015, 8 pp.
Estimates of congestion and mobility within the Twin Cities area (Click on "Congestion Data for Your City").   more info >

It's About Time: The Transit Time Penalty and Its Racial Implications
The Center for Popular Democracy, May 2015, 12 pp.
Focuses on the role that transit planning and funding can play in addressing racial and economic disparities, specifically with regard to the transit time penalty, which is the additional time required to travel between two points by public transportation, compared to travel by car.   more info >

Creating Age-Friendly Communities
Wilder Research, May 2015, 88 pp.
An assessment of the needs of aging residents in southwest Minnesota for the Southwest Initiative Foundation.   more info >

Capital Ideas: Winning State Funding for Transportation - Lessons from Recent Successes
Transportation for America, February 2015, 27 pp.
Transportation for America has followed efforts to secure transportation funding in legislatures across the country. This report highlights critical factors common to many of the campaigns and closely examines several successful campaigns in order to inform the work of others.   more info >

Transportation Planning to Support Economic Development: An Exploratory Study of Competitive Industry Clusters and Transportation in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Transportation, January 2015, 105 pp.
Analysis of industry clusters of the transportation needs and issues faced by companies in 12 industries that are particularly significant to the economies of their regions. This project provided information that will be valuable for statewide transportation planning.   more info >

2014-2019 Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Minnesota Department of Transportation, December 2014, 152 pp.
This plan was created in an effort to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Minnesota’s roadways. Critical strategies address enforcement, education and emergency services in addition to the more traditional engineering improvement.   more info >

Thrive MSP 2040
Metropolitan Council, May 2014, 197 pp.
Thrive MSP provides a vision for the Twin Cities region over the next 30 years. It is a comprehensive development guide coordinating three regional systems: wastewater, transportation, and regional parks.   more info >

Corridors of Opportunity
Wilder Research, April 2014, 95 pp.
This is a Twin Cities regional project to ensure that transit lines are planned with related developments (including jobs and affordable housing) so as to benefit low-income residents equitably as part of the overall economic development of the region.   more info >

Traffic Safety Trends: State Legislative Action 2013
National Conference of State Legislatures, February 2014, 63 pp.
Examines occupant protection, distracted driving, driver licensing, impaired driving, aggressive driving, speed limits, motorcycle helmets, automated enforcement, school bus safety, and pedestrian and bicycle safety. Includes state-by-state statistics and legislative solutions.   more info >

Expanding Transportation Options for an Aging Population
US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, November 2013, 1 pp.
Discusses the transportation needs of older adults, including challenges to ensuring that seniors can get around and planning and design strategies.   more info >

Travel Behavior Inventory: A Summary of Residential Travel Behavior in the Twin Cities Region
Metropolitan Council, October 2013, 15 pp.
A comprehensive survey assessing how and how much people in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region and surrounding counties travel. The 2010 survey finds that driving remains the dominant mode of transportation in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, but it is down slightly from 2000.   more info >

Transforming Community: Transitway Impacts Research Program, Research Synthesis
University Of Minnesota, September 2013, 24 pp.
Synthesizes multiple research projects to answer questions about the economic, travel, and community impacts of transitway corridors in the Twin Cities.   more info >

2030 Transportation Policy Plan
Metropolitan Council, May 2013, 424 pp.
This plan contains policies and plans to guide development of the transportation system in the Twin Cities metro area to the year 2030. It addresses problems and issues in preserving the region’s mobility and describes actions that will be undertaken to preserve, improve, and expand the region’s highways, transit, and other transportation modes.   more info >

Annual Minnesota transportation report, 2012
Minnesota Department of Transportation, April 2013, 58 pp.
Second annual report aiming to provide a customer view of transportation performance in Minnesota. The report features 18 performance measures and monitoring indicators that track progress on the 10 policy goals of the Minnesota Statewide Transportation Policy Plan 2009-2028.   more info >

Regional Transit System: Return on Investment Assessment
Itasca Project, November 2012, 13 pp.
Looks at the impacts of a built-out regional transportation system in Minnesota.   more info >

Healthy Corridor for All: A Community Health Impact Assessment of Transit-Oriented Development Policy in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Policy Link, December 2011, 48 pp.
Part of a project to understand the potential impacts of the proposed transit-oriented land use changed on the communities that live in the Central Corridor, this report includes an overview of the project, describes key findings, discusses impacts and identifies recommendations.   more info >

Stops for Us! Organizing for Equity Along the Central Corridor
Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, October 2011, 20 pp.
Discusses how engaged residents and community-based organizations can play a central role in the planning and development of major infrastructure investments.   more info >

Smart Investments in Transportation for Minnesota
Growth & Justice, October 2011, 26 pp.
Report focuses on using evidence and analysis to identify options in transportation that can spur economic growth, expand prosperity and improve quality of life, such as freight efficiency, better connections for low-income Minnesotans, increased travel choices and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.   more info >

Repair priorities: Transportation spending strategies to save taxpayer dollars and improve roads
Smart Growth American and Taxpayers for Common Sense, June 2011, 47 pp.
Disproportionate spending by states on road expansion at the expense of regular repair have left many state roads in poor condition.  This report provides a state-by-state analysis of road conditions, spending priorities, and costs for states to get their roads into good condition and keep them that way.   more info >

Planning to Succeed? An assessment of Transportation and Land Use Decision-Making in the Twin Cities Region
Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, Transit for Libable Communities, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, January 2011, 32 pp.
This report examines the institutional framework and decision-making process for transportation investment and associated land use in the Twin Cities.   more info >

Driving Down Minnesota's Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Issues and Ideas for Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled
Growth & Justice, October 2010, 24 pp.
This report explores three approaches to reducing Minnesota’s vehicle miles traveled: land use and transit-oriented development, transit service, and pricing strategies.   more info >

The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation
American Public Health Association, February 2010, 12 pp.
Estimates the health care costs of obesity, air pollution from traffic, and traffic crashes based on existing case studies, and argues for incorporating health evaluation and cost assessment as part of transportation policy.   more info >

Freight Transportation: Improving Travel Time and Efficiency for Trucks and Intermodal Freight
Growth & Justice, December 2009, 25 pp.
This report discusses the importance of freight to Minnesota's economy, citing current circumstances, emerging trends, and public sector investments and policies for improving travel time and efficiency for freight.   more info >

Smart growth policies: An Evaluation of programs and outcomes
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, November 2009, 27 pp.
This report presents the results of a comprehensive research project evaluating the effectiveness of statewide smart growth policies.   more info >

Healthy, equitable transportation policy: Recommendations and research
PolicyLink, September 2009, 188 pp.
An edited volume of chapters exploring the intersection of transportation, equity, and health. It discusses the health effects of various transportation choices; the link between transportation, economic development and health; traffic injury prevention; and policy solutions.   more info >

The transportation prescription: Bold new ideas for healthy, equitable transportation reform in America
Policy Link and Prevention Institute, July 2009, 36 pp.
This report analyzes the intersection of transportation, health, and policy in order to make policy recommendations.   more info >

How States and Territories Fund Transportation: An Overview of Traditional and Nontraditional Strategies
NGA Center for Best Practices, July 2009, 84 pp.
This report provides states with an overview of traditional funding mechanisms for transportation systems, profiles of new and innovative programs at work in the United States and overseas, and summarizes each state’s surface transportation funding approaches.   more info >

Walkability: Albert Lea
Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, March 2009, 55 pp.
This "walkability audit" was prepared as part of the Blue Zones City Health Makeover/AARP project in Albert Lea. It provides results of feedback from community members and  recommendations that Albert Lea could implement to improve walkability. Includes a "walkable and bicycle friendly checklist" and "healthy development checklist."   more info >

Transportation performance in the Twin Cities region
Transit for Livable Communities and The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, August 2008, 36 pp.
This report examines current transportation planning practices and performance measurement.  It also suggests new transportation performance indicators to aid policymakers in understanding and tracking how transportation investments and policies affect broader goals.   more info >

Bridging the gap: Restoring and rebuilding the nation's bridges
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, July 2008, 70 pp.
Examines the safety and sustainability of America's bridges, including: how states cope with aging bridges, new technologies that have advanced the science of bridge inspections, the life of a bridge and how it can be extended, and a look at the resources available to sustain bridges.   more info >

Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan
University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, June 2008, 414 pp.
Charts long-term strategies for addressing critical issues and trends impacting Minnesota’s environment and natural resources. This report provides recommendations in four areas: habitat, land use, transportation, and energy/mercury.   more info >

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation sources in Minnesota
Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, June 2008, 44 pp.
Investigates transportation sector strategies to help meet Minnesota's goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The report focuses on three types of strategies: improving vehicle fuel economy, reducing the number of vehicle-miles traveled, and decreasing the carbon content of fuel.   more info >

Land use impacts on transport: How land use factors affect travel behavior
Victoria Transport Policy Institute, January 2008, 57 pp.
This paper examines how various land use factors such as density, regional accessibility, mix and  roadway connectivity affect travel behavior.   more info >

Parking management: strategies, evaluation and planning
Victoria Transport Policy Institute, August 2007, 29 pp.
Describes strategies that result in more efficient use of parking resources, and explains how to assemble them into an effective parking management program.   more info >

The Transportation Needs of Seniors
University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies, January 2007, 182 pp.
Examines the transportation needs of older adults in Hennepin County based on a survey of existing travel behavior and unmet needs.   more info >

Preserving and promoting diverse transit-oriented neighborhoods
Center for Transit Oriented Development, October 2006, 76 pp.
Looks at the characteristics and benefits of transit-oriented neighborhoods, their future demand and policy suggestions.   more info >

Economic Development and Smart Growth
International Economic Development Council, August 2006, 50 pp.
Eight case studies on the connections between smart growth development and jobs, wealth and quality of life in communities.   more info >

The Affordability index: A New tool for measuring the true affordability of a housing choice
Brookings Institution, January 2006, 24 pp.
This index from the Brookings Institution’s Urban Markets Initiative quantifies the impact of transportation costs on the affordability of housing choices and the savings derived from living in “location efficient” communities.  It highlights the results from testing the index in a seven-county area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. To demonstrate the usefulness of this tool at a neighborhood level, the report presents the effect of transportation and housing choices on three hypothetical low- and moderate-income families in each of four different neighborhoods in the Twin Cities.   more info >

Guidelines for analysis of investments in bicycle facilities
Transportation Research Board, January 2006, 119 pp.
Includes methodologies and tools to estimate the cost of various bicycle facilities and to evaluating their potential value. Intended to help transportation planners integrate bicycle facilities into overall transportation plans on a project-by-project basis.   more info >

Transit-oriented development: Developing a strategy to measure success
National Cooperative Highway Research Program, February 2005, 32 pp.
Identifies and evaluates indicators of the impact of transit-oriented development, provides the results of a survey of transit-oriented development indicators, and identifies  indicators to monitor and measure impacts.   more info >

Driving Blind: Minnesota Needs a More Transparent Transportation Policy That Connects Prices to Costs and Benefits to Investments
Citizens League Transportation Study Committee, January 2005, 67 pp.
The Citizens League provides recommendations for more transparent funding that connects transportation costs and users. Includes 2000 data on metro area work trip origins and destinations   more info >

Missing the Bus: How States Fail to Connect Economic Development with Public Transit
Good Jobs First, September 2003, 38 pp.
Researchers interviewed economic development officials in 50 states about the coordination of economic development subsidy programs with public transportation planning.  Includes a case study: "Subsidies and transit clash in the Twin Cities."   more info >

Paths through the forest: Factors that influence transportation corridor success
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, November -0001, 20 pp.
Summarizes research findings and offers planners and public officials a framework for developing corridor strategies.   more info >

Web sites

Minnesota Go: Trend Library
Summarizes trends in and related to transportation in Minnesota, including transportation behavior, infrastructure, technology, economy, demographics, equity, environment and climate.   more info >

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Nonprofit association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states. Includes policy updates and a Successful Practices section.   more info >

Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Research, news, and events related to transportation in Minnesota.   more info >

Surface Transportation Policy Partnership
A nationwide coalition working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices. Provides transportation-related statistics, policy, fact sheets, and reports.   more info >

Best practices clearinghouse for transit-oriented design
A national, federally funded clearinghouse to aid in the development of standards and performance measures in transit-oriented development, and to provide research support and technical assistance.   more info >

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