National, State and Area Leaders to Attend
Public Open Forum
March 15 at 1 p.m.
Congressman James L. Oberstar and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) will host the 3rd annual University of Minnesota James L. Oberstar Forum on Transportation Policy and Technology March 14-15 in the UMD Weber Music Hall and the Tweed Museum of Art. The conference is titled "Transportation in Rural America-Challenges and Opportunities". It will be attended by U.S. Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy (U.S. Department of Transportation) Emil Frankel along with nearly 40 national, state and local transportation professionals, academic leaders, and N.E. Minnesota legislators.
Participants will re-examine current assumptions and develop potential new directions for national transportation policy. A major goal is to strengthen the transfer and application of academic research to transportation policy and technology development. The Forum is named for Minnesota Congressman James L. Oberstar, a long-time leader in creating national transportation policy and establishing research and education programs in transportation technology.
This year's forum will explore how rural America is being transformed and the resulting challenges for transportation. It will also examine the potential opportunities and new policy directions for transportation in rural and small urban areas.
Topics to be discussed include:
The public is cordially invited to an Open Forum on Monday, March 15 at 1 p.m. in the UMD Weber Music Hall. Keynote speakers will be U.S.Congressman James L. Oberstar and U.S. Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation Emil Frankel. A panel discussion titled "Implications for Minnesota and the Nation" will follow moderated by Robert Johns, Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies.
Sponsors of the Forum are:
the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies and
the UMD Northland Advanced Transportation System Research Laboratory(NATSRL)
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
INVITATION ONLY DISCUSSIONS
Sunday, March 14
Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories (NATSRL)
by CAROL J. WOLOSZ
NATSRL Program Coordinator
The Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories (NATSRL) is a relatively new research center under the University of Minnesota Duluth, and is affiliated with the University of Minnesota's University Transportation Center (UTC) in Minneapolis.
Target research areas are winter transportation systems, small urban transportation issues, and inter-modal freight transportation systems integrating shipping, railroad, and trucks. NATSRL's intent is to provide balanced research and education programs that actively pursue basic and applied topics in transportation.
NATSRL was formally established in March 2001. Since that time, it have progressed to having three laboratory areas: The Advanced Sensor Research Lab (ASRL); the Transportation Data Research Lab (TDRL); and the Transportation Engineering Research Lab (TERL).
Current research projects cover a wide range of topics, including visual and electronic traffic and road sensors, traffic flow and management in high traffic areas, management and benchmarking of transportation and road equipment with specific interest in winter road maintenance activities.
We receive some funding through DOT, but would like to pursue relationships that would mutually benefit other agencies in the Northland. Also, we are looking for partnering areas in the community where transportation research needs exist.