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UMD-CSS Transportation Study
The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of UMD and CSS growth and projected growth on the transportation network and identify methods to improve access, safety and modal choice. Detailed study description.

Final Document
UMD-CSS Transportation Study Final Document (pdf).

Public Meetings
Two public meetings were held at UMD on Tuesday May 5 at 6 pm in Kirby Ballroom C and at CSS on Thursday May 7 at 6 pm in Burns Wellness Commons 249. The purpose of these meetings was to present the findings of the study and the proposed recommendations. View the presentation from these meetings.

Previously, the MIC held two public meetings in April 2008 to get initial input from campus stakeholders, area businesses and residents. The initial set of public meetings covered the same information with one held at UMD and the other at CSS. The two meetings were:
  • April 2, 2008 at Kirby Ballroom 7 pm

  • April 29, 2008 at CSS Mitchell Auditorium 7 pm.
    The meetings were facilitated as "issues identification meetings" which are designed to get stakeholder input identifying what the transportation concerns and issues are. Summary of public input from the meetings.

  • Study Committee
    View a list of study committee members.

    Online Survey
    A link to an online survey was sent to all faculty, staff and students at both UMD and CSS. The survey was designed to obtain information on travel to and from the UMD and CSS campuses. The survey results will help us better understand how and when campus populations are using the adjacent transportation network. View online survey resuls.

    Crash Analysis
    A standard procedure in most corridor and sub area transportation plans is crash analysis of the corridor or area roads. MIC staff worked with our study committee to identify intersections and road segments to be analyzed in this study process. View crash analysis methodology and results.

    Neighborhood Cut-Through Traffic Counts
    The neighborhood directly south of the UMD campus had cut-through traffic analysis conducted on it in the spring of 2008. Observers documented the number of vehicles entering and exiting the neighborhood at predetermined locations. Partial license plate numbers were taken and a match analysis was done to determine the percent of vehicles passing through the neighborhood in less than three minutes. View detailed methodology and results.

    Sidewalk Snow Removal Analysis and Ordinance Comparison
    The purpose of conducting the sidewalk snow removal analysis and ordinance comparison is to first see if snow is being removed from sidewalks to provide pedestrians a safe means to walk to the two campuses and to identify ideas to improve the snow removal ordinance. More people will walk if they have a safe and easy route to their destination. Forcing pedestrians to walk in the street during the snow season is a safety hazard and deters commuters from walking.

    Sidewalk Snow Removal Analysis
    View sidewalk snow removal analysis.

    Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance Comparison
    In order to get a better idea of how other cities handle snow removal, a comparison was done of snow removal ordinances. MIC staff looked at a range of cities with somewhat similar populations that had colleges or universities located within them. Cities were contacted by email and phone and asked to send us their ordinance. View a summary of the snow removal ordinances.

    For More Information
    Contact MIC Principal Planner Andy McDonald by phone at (218) 529-7514 or send a message by e-mail.




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