Cities tackle traffic head-on with commuter options

USA Today profiles Minneapolis Cities tackle traffic head-on with commuter options finally published. I get quoted briefly at the bottom. Also misquoted, I was talking about mode share on all trips, the article says work trips.
For the record, Brookings estimates Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington Transit mode share at 4.8% in 2008, nationally transit commuters are about 5.0% of all commuters.
Non-work transit mode share is much lower. Overall,
Transit Person Miles Traveled nationally is about 1% of Annual Private Vehicle Person Miles Traveled (source: Polzin and Chu: A Closer Look at Public Transportation Mode Share Trends. Journal of Transportation and Statistics 8(3)) Trip shares are a bit higher for transit since trip length for most bus trips is lower than private car.
The Twin Cities TBI (2000) estimated for all purposes transit mode share of 2.5%.
I think this could be fixed by deleting “work” from “work trips” in the ante-penultimate paragraph.

3-D Pavement Art:

And now for something different: 3-D Pavement Art: Edgar Mueller – Ice Age/The Crevasse

“Edgar Müller – a Master of 3d Pavement Art – needed 5 days to the completion of this huge picture. Together with up to five assistant he painted all day long from sun rise to set. The enormous illusion is reached by applying the anamorphic technique to a huge pavement painting. Around 250 square meter large this picture is part of Edgar’s newest project. He paints over urban areas to give them a different look and thereby challenge the audience’s perception.”


The International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability is now on a semi-quinquennial cycle: the next (5th) will be in December 2012 in Hong Kong. This will be followed by the 6th meeting in Summer of 2015 in Japan. INSTR is thus the first conference series (to our knowledge) to meet on a cycle of four meetings per decade.
As host of the 4th INSTR, I want to extend my thanks to the following for making it work smoothly:
(1) The Center for Transportation Studies for donating the time and effort of Stephanie Malinoff through the long preparation period and Stephanie and Liz Erickson on the conference days. Also to Arlene Mathison for coordinating the website.
(2) College of Continuing Education for coordinating the logistics, in particular Catherine Flannery, Kristi Fischer, Nicole Freese, Tonya Walsh, and Sara Van Essendelft
(3) Brian Kary of MnDOT for giving the opening plenary talk
(4) Taylor and Francis for sponsorship
(5) Bill Hyman for helping distribute the announcement and encouraging attendance among those in the SHRP program
(6) Peer reviewers for taking the time to review the papers
(7) My colleague Henry Liu for co-hosting and helping with organization, and with ground transportation, with his student Sean He and post-doc Xiaolei Guo
(8) Restaurant facilities (Tea House and Campus Club) and the caterers for handling everything smoothly, as well as the Hotels (Days and Ramada), as well as the facilities at Coffman.
(9) Authors and participants for attending.
I hope to see everyone in Hong Kong.