Appointment of Director for Center for Transportation Studies

Since it is now officially out, congratulations to Laurie McGinnis, who is no longer “acting”.

Date: July 7, 2010
To: CTS Committee Members
Fr: Robert J. Jones, Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration
Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement
Re: Appointment of Director for Center for Transportation Studies
We are pleased to inform you that Ms. Laurie McGinnis has been appointed as the new Director of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), effective July 5, 2010. This appointment is the result of a comprehensive national search process that included a review of 19 well-qualified applicants from throughout the country.
As Director of CTS, Ms. McGinnis will provide leadership, direction, and vision in achieving the mission of the Center, which includes advancing innovations that put the University at the forefront of transportation research. She will facilitate the work of more than 100 contracts totaling more than $20 million, which engage faculty and other transportation experts in conducting research that addresses some of today’s most important transportation issues. Ms. McGinnis will also provide support and leadership to two federally funded programs that operate within CTS: the ITS Institute, a National University Transportation Center (UTC), and the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (Mn LTAP).
Ms. McGinnis has been involved in the transportation field since 1984. Over the last 18 years, she has been a key player in the development and growth of CTS, having served as the Center’s Research Coordinator, Director of Research and Contract Management, Associate Director, and Acting Director. Through her previous leadership experiences at CTS she has created new program opportunities that have expanded the Center’s national reach, helped streamline operations, and articulated future directions in transportation research, education, and outreach.
Nationally, Ms. McGinnis is active in the Transportation Research Board, currently serving as Section Chair for the Research and Education Section, and recently completed a six-year term as chair of the Committee on the Conduct of Research. She is also a member of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), serving on the Steering Committee for the joint WTS/DOT initiative for advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She has previously held positions on the National Board of Directors, the International Advisory Board, and the local WTS Minnesota Chapter Board.
Ms. McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and two Masters degrees (in Public Affairs and Business Administration) from the University of Minnesota. She is a registered engineer in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Before coming to the University, she was a project manager at HNTB, where she participated in the design of several bridges for state and local agencies.

Money for motorized recreation too much, some Minnesotans say | Minnesota Public Radio NewsQ

From MPR Money for motorized recreation too much, some Minnesotans say | Minnesota Public Radio NewsQ

Minnesota’s gas tax raised $745 million last year.
The state constitution says the tax dollars collected on gas that goes into vehicles using public roads must go to the highway fund. But the legislature has interpreted that as meaning the tax on gas going into boats can go towards boat landings; taxes for gas in [All Terrain Vehicles] can go to ATV trails.

ATV owner and chair of the Senate Tax Committee, DFLer Tom Bakk of Cook, says the system is fine.
“It’s based on the number of machines and the average number of gallons of gasoline consumed, or it’s based on some survey,” Bakk said. “You have to base it on something. And it just plugs into a formula, and I think it’s pretty fair.”

Can the MTA Revolutionize the City’s Bus System?

From NY Magazine Can the MTA Revolutionize the City’s Bus System? –
A nice story on Bus Rapid Transit in New York.

You would never guess it from the dispiriting news coming out of the MTA, but if you want to see the future of New York, then head up to the Bronx and take a bus. This is not the future of New York in which everyone has a solar-powered jet pack that takes them high over the city’s organic farmyards. Nor is this the apocalyptic future in which the final few New Yorkers with health care live just beyond the moat that surrounds what was once called Yankee Stadium. This is the future as seen in a new bus line: the Bx12 Select Bus Service, or SBS, for short.