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9/12/2006 - Developing ITS to serve a diverse population

Frank Douma
Assistant Director, State and Local Policy Program, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

In 2003, the State and Local Policy Program (SLPP) at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs began research into how Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies can be used to deliver transportation services to an increasingly diverse population in Minnesota. The objective of this research is to identify the nature of the gap between the emerging needs and existing services and to propose ways of using technology to bridge the gap, both in terms of providing better transportation options and in reducing the cost of these options.

This project continues this theme through a series of analyses of ITS applications that appear most promising to improve mobility and access for Minnesota's increasingly diverse population. These applications include car sharing, the use of ITS to implement value pricing through conversion of an HOV lane to an HOT lane, and evaluation of Web-based Advanced Traveler Information Systems. Specifically, this presentation will address how technology is enhancing each of these transportation systems, and how it can enhance the transportation services used by diverse populations.

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