ITE 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibt

Technical Tours

Separate Fee Required

Tuesday, August 21

University of Minnesota Human Factors Lab
2:45 – 4:45 p.m.
The HumanFIRST (Human Factors Interdisciplinary Research in Safety and Transportation) Laboratory is a facility of the University of Minnesota's Department of Mechanical Engineering and is also affiliated with the Roadway Safety Institute. The HumanFIRST Laboratory employs the tools and methods of psychology and human factors engineering to improve scientific understanding of driver performance and cognitive functions.

HumanFIRST’s studies focus on how humans interact with the many technologies and environmental factors that influence driving performance. Understanding these interactions is critical to ensuring that new technologies are safe as well as effective. The tour will include an overview of the research being conducted plus a look at the lab’s new vehicle simulator including a demonstration.

Registration Fee: $50
Maximum number of participants: 40

Wednesday, August 22

I-35W Construction Tour
8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is currently undertaking the $239 million full reconstruction of I-35W just south of downtown Minneapolis, including its interchange with I-94. Key elements of this project include construction of a new MnPASS lane, construction of an in-line Bus Rapid Transit Station, improved access to the Lake Street Business District, pavement and bridge reconstruction and rehabilitation, partial reconfiguration of the I-35W/I-94 interchange, and improved accessibility and pedestrian accommodations.
Join us to see first-hand how this significant project is progressing and learn about the project’s robust public engagement efforts, traffic impacts, corresponding traffic management strategies, and transit and multimodal elements. At the time of the tour the project will be in the midst of some of its most significant roadway and lane closures.

Registration Fee: $25
Maximum number of participants: 50

Walking Minneapolis – All Modes are Welcome
Rail ProsSponsored by RailPros
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
This walking tour of Minneapolis showcases the ways its vibrant downtown has transformed its transportation network to truly embrace all users. Beginning with the recently renovated Nicollet Mall, the long-time core shopping and entertainment artery, participants will hear about its transformation into a pedestrian-friendly venue, including lots of trees, colorful chairs, and a plethora of art.

We then check out Washington Avenue and its new bike facilities as well as walk through a joint project between Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis featuring six blocks containing a five-lane roadway for motorized traffic, wide sidewalks for pedestrians, and a cycle track for bicyclists.

Participants also see the Marq2 Transit Corridor, which was rebuilt in 2009 to better serve the thousands of commuters arriving by express bus each day. This one-way pair corridor has side-by-side bus only lanes and wide sidewalks, heated waiting shelters, and NexTrip real-time transit displays. Two final spots will be the green spaces around the U.S. Bank Stadium, adjacent to a busy light rail station, and the Hennepin County Government Center. Both reflect the City’s commitment to public green space for respite and everyday activities whether you’re a worker, visitor, or resident.

Registration Fee: $25
Maximum number of participants: 40

3M Innovation Center: The Magic of Innovation
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
With 3M’s headquarters located in Minneapolis, a tour of the 3M Innovation Center is a must. This tour showcases 3M’s commitment to answering the needs of companies and consumers around the world. See first-hand how 3M worked to develop products such as the soles on the boots worn by the first man to walk on the moon as well as the shoes worn by Michael Johnson when he won gold in the Olympics 2000 meter sprint in 2000.

The tour includes a short presentation and light refreshments. This is a private tour for meeting attendees only.

Registration Fee: $50
Maximum number of participants: 50

Biking Minneapolis
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Minneapolis is nationally ranked as one of the best biking cities in the country and has been awarded with the Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists. As of 2015, Minneapolis has 129 miles of on-street bikeways and 97 miles of off-street bikeways.

Join us for an 11-mile guided bike tour of Minneapolis’ significant bike network. The tour will include a vast array of recreational bike trails, regional bike trails, greenways, and on-road facilities that offer countless opportunities to explore and traverse the City as a recreational cyclist or as a bike commuter. The tour will include a portion of the country’s first bicycle freeway (Cedar Lake Trail), the Stone Arch Bridge, a segment of the Midtown Greenway, and many of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

The route is flat and will mostly take us on dedicated bicycle lanes and bicycle trails. Downtown Minneapolis streets are busy, however, so comfort with urban bicycle riding is recommended. Bike and helmets will be provided. Please make sure to bring water and sun protection.

Registration Fee: $60
Maximum number of participants: 40