The Tipping Point: What COVID-19 Travel Reductions Tells Us About Effective Congestion Relief

This research addresses limitations in the ability of MnDOT and its partners to estimate the traffic impacts of reduced travel demand. Although the correlation between regional vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and congestion is intuitive and well understood, there is much uncertainty at the margins. We do not know, for example, how to quantify and locate the system performance impacts of travel demand management (TDM) strategies. The inability to quantify TDM benefits can lead to underinvestment in TDM strategies, especially when factoring limited resources and MnDOT’s ability to quantify and locate the benefits of asset management and system capacity investment.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $77,744.58
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Minnesota Department of Transportation

      395 John Ireland Boulevard
      St Paul, MN  United States  55155
    • Performing Organizations:

      SRF Consulting Group, Incorporated

      One Carlson Parkway North, Suite 150
      Minneapolis, MN  United States  55477-4443
    • Start Date: 20201104
    • Expected Completion Date: 20211231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01757364
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 1045129, 1047212
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Nov 5 2020 12:28PM