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Research

GTI research is committed to the following guiding principles:

  • Open data: We believe that worldwide availability of scientific data can broaden collaboration and accelerate knowledge discovery. To the extent possible given regulatory, resource, and privacy constraints, efforts will be made to share GTI research data with the broadest audience possible via this program website, courses, publications, presentations, and media engagement.
  • Societal relevance: We believe that scientific research can be a catalyst for social change. GTI will undertake projects that respond to grand challenges and that would benefit society at large.
  • Scientific rigor: We believe that well-specified theories, measurements, and tests are essential to policymaking in transit planning. GTI research will be rigorous, leading to evidence-based policy recommendations.

Ongoing Research

Decade-Long Changes in Spatial Mismatch in Beijing, China: Are Low-Skilled Workers Better Off Or Worse?
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, USA

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Assessing the Impacts of Student Transportation using City Buses and Trains
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, USA

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Specific Strategies for Achieving Transit-Oriented Economic Development: Applying National Lessons to the Twin Cities -- Phase 1
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, USA

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Transit Station and Stop Design and Travel Time Perceptions
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, USA

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Exploring Strategies for Promoting Modal Shifts to Transitways
Principal Investigator: Dr. Xinyu (Jason) Cao, University of Minnesota, USA

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Exploring Walking Tolerance of Transitway Users
Principal Investigator: Dr. Xinyu (Jason) Cao, University of Minnesota, USA

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Economic Development Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit
Principal Investigator: Andrew Guthrie, University of Minnesota, USA

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Transit-Based Job Accessibility in Chinese Cities (The Access Across China Project)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Tieshan Sun, Peking University, China; Dr. Wangtu Xu, Xiamen University, China; Dr. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, USA

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Exploring spatial-temporal patterns of dwelling times within transit network for the use in accessibility evaluation over time of day
Principal Investigators: Dr. Ying Song and Andrew Owen, University of Minnesota, USA

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Why has urban rail transit boomed at China and returned to U.S. since the 21st century?- A comparative study
Principal Investigator: Dr. Wangtu (Ato) Xu, Xiamen University, China

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Spatial Inequality or Economic Inequality? Economic Restructuring and Spatial Mismatch in Beijing, China
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lingqian (Ivy) Hu, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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Public Bicycle Usage and Access to Rail Transit Stations in Nanjing, China
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yanjie Ji, Southeast University, China

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Disaster resilience of transit services and transit use in New Zealand Cities
Principal Investigator: Dr. Tabitha Combs, Lincoln University, New Zealand

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Completed Research

Spatial and Skills Mismatch of Unemployment and Job Vacancies: Opportunities for Integrated Transit and Workforce Development
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, USA

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Assessing Neighborhood and Social Influences of Transit Corridors
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, USA

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Impact of Twin Cities Transitways on Regional Labor Market Accessibility: A Transportation Equity Perspective
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, USA

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The Effects of Transitways on Auto Ownership and Auto Use: Evidence from the Hiawatha LRT
Principal Investigator: Dr. Xinyu (Jason) Cao, University of Minnesota, USA

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Transportation, Environmental, and Health Impacts of Transitways: A Case Study of the Hiawatha Line
Principal Investigator: Dr. Xinyu (Jason) Cao, University of Minnesota, USA

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Value-added: Impacts of the Proximity to Transitway Stations on Commercial Property Values
Principal Investigator: Dr. Xinyu (Jason) Cao, University of Minnesota, USA

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Understanding Transportation Impacts of Transitways: Demographic and Behavioral Differences between Transitway Riders and Other Transit Riders
Principal Investigator: Dr. Xinyu (Jason) Cao, University of Minnesota, USA

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Transitway Data Management Project
Principal Investigator: Dr. William Craig, University of Minnesota, USA

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Economic Impacts of Transitways, Part 1: The Hiawatha Light Rail Line
Principal Investigator: Dr. Edward Goetz, University of Minnesota, USA

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Evaluating Twin Cities Transitways' Performance and their Interaction with Traffic on Neighboring Major Roads
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Hourdos, University of Minnesota, USA

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