MTC Program March 14, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Minnesota's Transportation Conference, day two. Scroll down to find a summary of the day's activities, as well as details of concurrent sessions, listed by time block.

Thursday at a Glance

Time Activity Location
7:30–8:30 a.m.

Participant Registration, Continental Breakfast,
and Exhibits

Exhibit Hall A
8:30–10:00 a.m.

Plenary Panel Session

FAST Act Reauthorization:
Getting Started on the Next Multiyear
Funding Act for Surface Transportation

Arthur L. Guzzetti, APTA; Dean Franks, ARTBA; Susan Howard, AASHTO

Moderator: Margaret Donahoe, Minnesota Transportation Alliance

Grand Ballroom
10:00–10:45 a.m. Break and Exhibits Exhibit Hall A
10:45–11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 15–21  
11:45–1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Plenary Session

Bridging Divides: Fear, Grit, Resiliency,
and the Four Commonalities

Ellie Krug, Attorney and Writer

Grand Ballroom
1:00–2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 22–28  
2:30–3:15 p.m. Break and Exhibits Exhibit Hall A
3:15–4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 29–35  

Plenary Panel Session: 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Grand Ballroom

FAST Act Reauthorization: Getting Started on the Next Multiyear Funding Act for Surface Transportation

Arthur L. Guzzetti, APTA; Dean Franks, ARTBA; Susan Howard, AASHTO
Moderator: Margaret Donahoe, Minnesota Transportation Alliance

The FAST Act will expire in 2020.  Congress will need to develop a new multiyear surface transportation authorization act, and the sooner they get started the more time we will have to build support and get a new bill passed on time.  National transportation organizations are working to develop and present recommendations on behalf of state DOTs and the transportation industry.

Thursday Sessions: 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Session Description, Presenters, Moderator Location

New and Innovative Transportation Funding

This session will explore the future of transportation funding, including innovative funding ideas being used in other states and metropolitan regions. Conference participants will learn valuable information about the status of funding for projects in Minnesota.

Ken Buckeye, MnDOT

Margaret Donahoe, Minnesota Transportation Alliance

Moderator: Khani Sahebjam, SRF Consulting

Meeting Rooms 2−3

Institution of Asset Management (IAM): Best of Presentations

The IAM chapter of Minnesota has recently formed with the goal of improving infrastructure asset management. This session will discuss how to create a Transportation Asset Management Plan, how to select an Enterprise Asset Management System, and how to develop an Asset Management Strategic Plan.

Ross Bintner, Edina Engineering

Brian Cahill, Ramsey County

Russ Matthys, Eagan Public Works

Moderator: Brad Henry, MN2050

Meeting Room 7

Data-Driven Community Engagement Strategies

Projects across the metro area are collecting data that could be used to drive future engagement strategies. This session will look at how MnDOT, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, and Carver County are using this data to enhance future engagement.

Title: Data-driven community engagement strategies
Erik Baxstrom, MnDOT
Darin Mielke, Carver County Public Works
Mike Villari, MCES

Title: Using Big Data to Better Engage with the Public
Jennifer Wiltgen, MnDOT

Moderator: Emily Hyland, HDR

Ballroom D

Advancing Shared Mobility

New transportation modes are showing up on a regular basis, sometimes arriving literally overnight. The Twin Cities Shared Mobility Collaborative has been a critical resource to sustained coordination and collaboration. In this panel session, members will share insights into what is coming on the horizon for shared mobility options.

Jessica Treat, Move Minnesota

Moderator: Mike Bittner, KLJ Engineering

Meeting Room 8

Corridors of Commerce—Overview and Project Selection

MnDOT was tasked with selecting projects from the latest round of Corridors of Commerce funding. This session will detail the history of the program, the goals of the program, the scoping process, and the prioritization of the selected projects.

Tony Heppelmann and DJ Sosa, WSB

Chris Roy, MnDOT

Moderator: Chris Hiniker, SEH

Meeting Rooms 4−5

Transit Reliability for Light Rail and Signal Design

Transit Signal Priority was first implemented in 2010 and has steadily grown to 90 intersections today. With ambitious plans to expand BRT service across the Twin Cities, Transit Signal Priority will be the backbone to ensure customer reliability. Metro Transit has developed a process to identify light rail service reliability with terminal departures and traffic signals.

Title: Transit Signal Priority in Twin Cities - Past, Present, and Future
Mark Benedict and Matt Broughton, Metro Transit

Title: Using Data Visualization and Reports to Identify Light Rail Service Reliability Issues
Gary Nyberg and Hoki Tse, Metro Transit

Moderator: Michelle Julius, AECOM

Meeting Room 6

Minnesota Airports 101

There are 135 Minnesota publicly funded airports that are available for use. This session will discuss the State Aviation System Plan and the State Aviation Economic Impact Study. Check out this discussion to increase your multimodality and better understand the highways of the sky.

Kevin Carlson, Ryan Gaug, Rylan Juran, and Christopher Morgan, MnDOT−Office of Aeronautics

Moderator: Kaci Nowicki, SEH

Meeting Room 9

Lunch and Plenary Session

Grand Ballroom

Bridging Divides: Fear, Grit, Resiliency, and the Four Commonalities

Ellie Krug, Attorney, Writer

Humans are hardwired to be with others who look, think, and act like they do. This “tribal” tendency pervades all aspects of day-to-day life. Things work until tribe members encounter folks who aren’t part of their tribe—people who constitute the "Other." Indeed, we humans can make anyone Other if we work at it.

“Bridging Divides” empowers listeners to think differently relative to the divides in our lives. Some of that begins with examining our own "internal divides" that arise because of core fears, negative personal mantras, and black-and-white thinking. Alternatively, bridging requires thinking about our "exterior divides" created by skin color, country of origin, religion, LGBTQ status, political affiliation, and the myriad other things we use to group and label humans.

All of us are capable of accepting humans who are Other and of bridging the divide between "us and them" that seems to pervade America today. That bridging takes honesty, mindfulness, fearlessness, compassion, and a darn lot of work—hard work.  

Concurrent Sessions: 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Session Description Location

Advancing Transportation Equity

MnDOT completed the Community Conversations pilot project that focused on individuals that are underrepresented in transportation processes to learn about the transportation experiences of these communities and how the agency will include equity in future decision-making. This session will also discuss a phenomenon known as “Transit-Induced Gentrification.”

Title: Advancing Transportation Equity—Community Conversations
Keither Mensha and Mariyam Naadha, MnDOT

Title: Transit-Induced Gentrification among US Metropolitans and the Role of Displacement
Yunlei Qi, University of Minnesota

Moderator: Beth Bartz, SRF Consulting

Meeting Rooms 2−3

Asset Management Planning

MnDOT has implemented a highly functional, integrated, and comprehensive asset management system for assets beyond pavements and bridges. This session will focus on how the assets are identified and how MnDOT has developed a risk-based life cycle planning strategy for the assets.

Title: An In-Depth look at MnDOT's Transportation Asset Management System—Functionality and Implementation Challenges
Dave Solsrud, Trisha Stefanski, and Tom Zimmerman, MnDOT

Title: Asset Management Planning: Beyond Pavements and Bridges
Shannon Foss, MnDOT

Moderator: Joe Weaver, TKDA

Meeting Room 7


3D Visualization Technology and the Future of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Creating visualizations for highway corridors is becoming more interactive and continues to push the industry boundaries. This session will show cutting-edge technologies, including virtual reality and augmented reality, to demonstrate how design and aesthetic elements can be visualized and used in the decision-making process.

Jeff Christiansen, WSB

Moderator: Keith Farquhar, Mead and Hunt

Ballroom D

Using Big Data to Support Traffic Design Decisions

The recent growth in mobile locational data supply has provided new insights in transportation demand and real-world travel patterns. These tools can help planners maximize the impact of planning initiatives and allow for a better understanding of the most promising multimodal solutions.

Title: Big Data for Small Projects
Bill Slater, StreetLight Data
Dale Gade, MnDOT

Moderator: John Crawford, KLJ Engineering

Meeting Room 8

Cooperative Agreements Provide Funding Options for Local Agencies

Cooperative agreement projects provide construction funding for mutually beneficial roadway improvement projects. This presentation will discuss a recent Rosemount project that used the Local Partnership Program and its associated benefits.

Phil Bergem, MnDOT

Jake Chapek, KLJ

Bobby Kuennen, Dakota County

Moderator: Jeff Rhoda, AECOM

Meeting Rooms 4−5

Pedestrian and Transit Planning in a Rural Context

Pedestrians in rural Minnesota face additional safety risks because of the lack of pedestrian infrastructure. This session will focus on collaborating with the Advocacy Council for Tribal Transportation (ACTT) and the State Health Improvement Partnership Organizations (SHIP) to engage communities in planning for making their communities more pedestrian-friendly. There will be a discussion on what Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organizations (MAPO) are doing on the journey to implementing their ADA Transition Plans.

Title: Accessible MAPO: Developing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan
Charles Androsky, Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO)

Title: Pedestrian Behavior in Rural Communities
Greg Lindsey, University of Minnesota

Title: Placemaking in Rural Minnesota
Patrick Hollister, PartnerSHIP 4 Health
Mary Safgren, MnDOT

Moderator: Chris Chromy, Bolton & Menk

Meeting Room 6

ABC Parking Ramps: Reimagining the Future of Parking and Multimodal Transportation Options

For over 25 years, the ABC Ramps have supported multimodal transportation in downtown Minneapolis. This presentation will focus on a new study that identified future program opportunities to leverage shared mobility trends, as well as the use of mobile applications and technology to provide commuters with increased flexibility and choices for transportation.

Lisa Austin, MnDOT

Frank Douma, University of Minnesota

Dan Edgerton, Zan Associates

Paul Morris, SRF Consulting

Moderator: Matt Reid, WSB

Meeting Room 9


Concurrent Sessions: 3:15–4:15 p.m.

Session Description Location

Incorporating Climate Risk into Construction

Weather extremes are affecting construction budgets and schedules. Due to changes in storm frequency, intensity, and duration, transportation design and constructability considerations must be updated to reflect managing risk, estimating cost, and transportation resiliency.

Title: Climate Risk Incorporation into Bridge Design and Construction
Dwayne Stenlund, MnDOT
Kenny Blumenfeld, MnDNR

Moderator: Jill Mickelson, Braun Intertec

Meeting Rooms 2−3

What's Next for UAS Programs and How They Will Impact Your Projects

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or “drones”) have been used for a number of years in bridge inspection, surveying, and mapping. This presentation will focus on the progression of technology to support MnDOT’s mission and a case study example with Anoka County.

Title: Drone Inspections for County Ditches and Asset Management in Anoka County
Amy Grothaus, Braun Intertec
Joe MacPherson, MnDOT

Title: What's Next for MnDOT's UAS Program and How It Will Impact Your Projects
Anthony Fernando, MnDOT−Division of Aeronautics
Jon Gustafson, WSP

Moderator: Kate Miner, Stonebrooke Engineering

Meeting Room 7

New Initiatives in Public-Private Partnerships to Maximize Community Connections

MnDOT has created two new initiatives to support innovative public-private partnerships to maximize the use of right-of-way, reconnect communities, support economic development, and encourage external partners to enhance the aesthetics of the highway roadsides through landscaping, art, and pollinator habitat.

Cyrus Knutson and Jessica Oh, MnDOT

Moderator: Charles Cadenhead, Braun Intertec

Ballroom D

Successful Approaches to Accommodate Additional Modes and Services in Existing Right of Way

The NCHRP initiated a research program that identifies innovative practices related to transportation. Minnesota was selected along with Departments of Transportation from Michigan, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Florida to visit projects throughout the country and document the innovations. The outcome of the program is to document new practices and disseminate this valuable information to transportation officials.

Scott Pedersen, MnDOT

Moderator: Paul Glaser, KLJ Engineering

Meeting Room 8

Leveraging Partnerships to Help Deliver a Large Project

This session will focus on the Interstate 39/90 42-mile corridor expansion from Illinois to Madison of designing/constructing the corridor while navigating through issues regarding changes in funding and multiple stakeholders. We will discuss the FHWA’s 2015 Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) process that has been used to accelerate project delivery with examples across the nation.

Title: How to Leverage the FHWA VIA Process to Accelerate Project Delivery
Craig Churchward, HDR

Title: Mega Projects - The Wild Ride
Dan Ryan, KL Engineering

Moderator: Steve Howe, HNTB

Meeting Rooms 4−5

Greater Minnesota Five-Year Transit Plans

MnDOT and the Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA) have joined to create Five-Year Transit Plans for different regions across the state. The goal of the five-year planning process is to improve coordination of services, increase ridership, and ensure fiscal responsibility as a transit funding agency.

Sara Dunlap, MnDOT

Lee Nichols, WSB

Moderator: Darwin Yasis, TKDA

Meeting Room 6

Environmentally Sustainable Designs

One important aspect of environmentally sustainable roadway design is habitat connectivity. This session will focus on design tools and processes to facilitate the safe movement of animals across highways. Specific topics will be a new Minnesota culvert design guide for aquatic organism passage and guidance on how to minimize habitat fragmentation.

Title: Designing for Aquatic Organism Passage in Minnesota Culverts
Nicole Bartelt, MnDOT
Peter Leete, MnDNR
Chris Smith, MnDOT

Moderator: Theresa Maahs, Stantec

Meeting Room 9