The State and Local Policy Program has been working with the University of Minnesota's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Institute to conduct a set of federally sponsored studies on how transportation systems can be planned to accommodate an increasingly complex technological environment.
TechPlan: Planning and Policy for Intelligent Transportation Systems. This report covers the most recent work done under the auspices of TechPlan, grants funded through the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Institute at the University of Minnesota. These grants allow researchers concerned with public policy an opportunity to study how technology affects important decisions about roads, transportation funding, emergency response, and a diverse array of other issues.
Six projects currently are funded by TechPlan, and research is underway. Each project matches the researchers' expertise with the challenges of transportation planning in the current technological era.
TechPlan research has lead to numerous publications.
Quarterly reports have been compiled for the first year of research.
The TechPlan program has hosted two roundtable events, one in June 2006 and one in September 2007. During Roundtables, TechPlan researchers, recognized ITS/transportation scholars, and local practitioners come together to discuss current research and its long-term implications for transportation policy. In addition, new project proposals are presented and discussed by an external peer review panel.
TechPlan research assistants and Frank Douma, assistant director of the State and Local Policy Program and TechPlan, meet with Congressman
Transportation researchers and professionals discuss TechPlan research at a TechPlan Roundtable meeting.
Transportation researchers at the State and Local Policy Program study how new technology impacts transportation choices.
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