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Transportation Students See Course Applications in Visit to Metro COG

Posted: May 6, 2014

Members of the NDSU student chapter of the Association of Transportation and Logistics learned how knowledge from transportation and logistics courses are used in the real world during a visit to the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments.

Nine students, all Ph.D. students in transportation and logistics visited the FM Metro COG's offices in the central business district of Fargo. Executive director Wade Kline hosted the Feb. 28 tour.

Discussion during the visit focused on travel demand modeling; environmental justice and impacts for existing and proposed transportation projects; public input meetings and stakeholders' influence in the decision-making processes; MATBUS involvement in transit routes; and corridor studies in the metro area.

Students attending included Vu Dang, Yasaman Kazemi, Nimish Dharmadhikari, Zijian Zheng, Chijioke Ifepe, Yong Shin Park, Aslaam Mohamed Muhammad, Sardar Muhammad Zahid, Hamad Al Qublan, all PhD students in Transportation and Logistics. Also participating was Eunsu Lee, an associate research fellow with NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI).

Metro COG and the UGPTI have a working partnership and rely on UGPTI's Advanced Traffic Analysis Center for travel demand models. "It is very good to see our transportation and logistics students taking a look at how some of our end products are being used to enhance transportation at the MPO level," noted Bradley Wentz, ATAC program director.

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