On November 15th, Therese Polum from SRF was the guest speaker for our second TransTalk of the semester. Mrs. Polum discussed a current project of implementing variable message boards along the I494 corridor in the Twin Cities, as well as expansion to use shoulders as lanes along the congested corridor. Mrs. Polum also talked about a strategy currently used in the Netherlands, and possible implementation here in the Twin Cities.
The Annual NCITE/ITSO Joint Meeting was held on October 16th. The guest speakers were Bryant Ficek from TKDA and Mike Spack of Spack Consulting and discussed various transportation analysis software and their accuracy to field measurements. Their talk discussed comparisons of real-world collected data on multiple intersections and delay estimation with various software. The results were that most software is surprisingly inaccurate, though the analysis is often on the conservative side.
Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates participated in a transportation-focused ITSO-sponsored debate on the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus.
Participating Candidates: Betsy Hodges, Stephanie Woodruff, Dan Cohen, Cam Winton, and Bob Fine
Moderator: Paula Pentel
Co-hosts: Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, UrbanMSP, ITSO, and MUSSA, and streets.mn
On April 5th, Paul Morris, an Associate with SRF Consulting Group in Minneapolis was the guest speaker and the subject was “I-35W North Managed Lanes Corridor Study”. Paul introduced about the development of traffic forecasts for managed lane alternatives, including high-occupancy vehicle and single-occupant vehicle use, and revenue estimation. He also talked about his contribution to the development of an implementation plan that is projected to save 165 million dollars to construct managed lanes through the I-35W north corridor.