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Minnesota Guidestar Projects

Minnesota Guidestar Program since its inception in 1991 has concentrated on a number of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Projects. These projects have been grouped by completion year. Please select a project below for additional details of a specific Minnesota Guidestar Project.


2006-Present Minnesota Guidestar Projects

Arterial Real-Time Traveler Information Commercial Probe Data Project
The Arterial Real-Time Traveler Information Commercial Probe Data project is intended to demonstrate an innovative, non-infrastructure based relatively low-cost approach to collect real time traffic data on metro area arterials and a rural interstate construction work zone, to provide real time traffic information to motorists. Data provided will augment traffic data currently being collected by MnDOT to provide a broader picture of traffic conditions in the metro area and a rural freeway. Also, this project plans to validate the accuracy and reliability of traffic non-infrastructure based data collection on a major state arterial and rural interstate construction work zone.



Arterial Travel Time Using Bluetooth

The Arterial Travel Time project is focused on demonstrating how the use of Bluetooth technology can be a cost-effective real time and accurate travel time information along Minnesota's arterials and will also demonstrate how travel time information might be used to measure performance of arterial traffic management and operations.


CAD - CARS Integration

The CAD/CARS project focuses on developing an automated data exchange between the State Patrol Dispatch system and the Mn/DOT statewide reporting system to increase information content on 511 phone and web systems without added entry of events by dispatchers. 

Cell Phone Traffic Data

The Cell Phone Traffic Data project is a demonstration of the capabilities of cell phone traffic data systems and evaluation of those capabilities with relation to state and county ITS and traffic management requirements.

Collision Prevention Strategies

The intent of the Collision Prevention Strategies (CPS) program is to address the problem of right angle collisions at signalized intersections by focusing on red light violations as a surrogate measure. 

CICAS Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance Systems

The CICAS initiative focuses on defining the optimal combination of infrastructure and in-vehicle systems needed to address a full range of intersection crash problems.

Deer Detection and Warning System
The Deer Detection and Warning System consists of two different parts; first a method to detect deer, and secondly to activate a flashing beacon on a standard deer sign to warn motorists of the possible danger in order that they may slow down and check the right of way.
Deployment of Arterial Travel Time Information System (DATTIS) Demonstration

The purpose of the Arterial Travel Time Information Demonstration project is to determine how arterial travel time information should be displayed on dynamic message signs and websites (such as 511) through input from focus groups and customer surveys.

District 2, 3, 4, and 8 Deployment

The District Deployment Project designed and deployed selected ITS projects in four MnDOT districts.

ENTERPRISE ENTERPISE is a pooled-fund study focusing on developing, evaluating, and deploying ITS.


Evaluation of Arterial Real-Time Traveler Information Commercial Probe Data

The Evaluation of Arterial Real-Time Traveler Information Commercial Probe Data project goal is to help MnDOT assess the accuracy and quality of the speed and travel time data delivered within the project.  Also, the evaluation will assess the usability, usefulness and costs of the commercial probe data.  The results of the evaluation will provide MnDOT information for making future business decisions.

Evaluation of MnDOT Rural Travel Times During Construction

This report summarizes an independent evaluation of the MnDOT Rural Travel Times During Construction Project. This project offered an innovative approach to provide travel times and congestion information to motorists along a freeway containing multiple construction projects, while impacting traffic along I-35 for approximately 70 miles of roadway between Hinckley and Duluth.

Evaluation of Truck Priority System for Two-Lane Signalized roadways The Evaluation of a Truck Priority System for Two-Lane Signalized Roadways project goal is to reduce the average user delay, by reducing platoons formed by commercial vehicles at isolated signalized intersections.

FIRST AVL improves freeway incident response in the metro-area by integrating and combining dispatch and data logging functions.

Hennepin County Signal Coordination

The Hennepin County Signal Coordination project demonstrates the benefits of intergovernmental signal coordination between Hennepin County and MnDOT.

ICM Integrated Corridor Management

Minnesota is one of the eight locations selected by the USDOT to pilot the development of integrated corridor management (ICM) strategies.  The Minnesota ICM Corridor is located along the I-394 Corridor on the west side of the Twin Cities. The focus of ICM is to develop strategies that, when implemented, help reduce congestion throughout the freeways, arterials, and transit networks.

I-94 St. Cloud Intelligent Work Zone Data Collection and Evaluation

The I-94 St. Cloud Intelligent Work Zone (IWZ) project will provide travel time information and queue warnings for both westbound and eastbound I-94 from St. Cloud to Rogers. The westbound direction of this section of I-94 is already heavily instrumented with the Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) detection and dynamic message signs (DMS). The IWZ Contractor will supplement the existing RTMC system in the westbound direction and provide a standalone system for the eastbound direction. This project will perform baseline data collection and analysis, as well as, complete an independent evaluation of the MnDOT RTMC and IWZ Contractor-supplied Intelligent Work Zone on I-94 east of St. Cloud. Also, this project evaluation will analyze and summarize the public’s perspective (from MnDOT Market Research Section public outreach efforts) with respect to the travel time information provided on both systems.

Intersection Warning System

The Intersection Warning System project provides an active, real-time, supplemental warning to drivers approaching an intersection and alert them to look for oncoming traffic.

ITS During Major Urban Reconstruction

The ITS During Major Urban Reconstruction project is striving to give the Crosstown Commons project and other major urban projects safety improvements for motorists and construction personnel as well as greater use of alternative routes, more real-time information and reduced speeds during key phases.

ITS Planning and Regional Architecture

The Minnesota Regional ITS Architecture represents a shared vision of how each agency’s systems work together by sharing information and resources to enhance transportation safety, efficiency, capacity, mobility, and security. 


MATT Minnesota Arterial Travel Time Integration


The MATT project focuses on computing real-time arterial travel times using existing data sources.

Mileage-Based User Fee

The Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF) project explores alternative forms of transportation revenue that may be necessary in the future.


Minnesota Horizontal Curve Safety Improvement

The Minnesota Horizontal Curve Safety Improvement project evaluates the speed and/or crash impact of three permanently installed dynamic curve warning signs in three Minnesota counties

Minnesota ITS Safety Plan

The ITS Safety Plan supports safety programs and provides Mn/DOT, and other stakeholders, with a plan for the implementation of ITS safety strategies and initiatives.

Minnesota Statewide Regional ITS Architecture Update 1

The goal of this project is to provide maintenance support to the Minnesota Statewide Regional ITS Architecture (March 2009) by updating the current architecture in conformance with the recently released National ITS Architecture (Version 6.1). The architecture maintenance activity will be performed throughout the duration of this project. In addition, several ITS projects have been completed/implemented, underway, programmed, and planned since the last update in 2009. Stakeholders’ visions and needs may have also changed which will be revisited with an updated architecture in the spring of 2013.

Mn/PASS I-394 "HOT" Lanes

I-394, on the west side of the Twin Cities operates a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane.  Carpooler's may use the lane for free and single occupant vehicles can opt to pay a toll to use the lane.  The toll charged to single occupant vehicles varies according to conditions.  The ongoing operations of I-394 allows for toll collection to be entirely automated (no manual fare collection).


Monitoring Traffic in Work Zones: The iConetm System

The Monitoring Traffic in Work Zones: The iConetm System will address the FHWA work zone mobility and safety requirements. It will test an innovative traffic monitoring device designed for potential deployment in work zones.

Evaluation of Non-Intrusive Technologies for Traffic Detection.
North/West Passage
The North/West Passage Pooled Fund Study is multi-state program for coordination, development, and deployment of ITS along I-90 and I-94 from Wisconsin to Washington.
Ramp Queue Detection

The Ramp Queue Detection Project focuses on developing and testing innovative detection methods and technologies to overcome conservative queue estimates.

Rapid Incident Clearance

The Rapid Incident Clearance project focused on automating the reporting of key information from troopers in the field to dispatchers, and therefore reducing the level of manual reports.

Rapid Incident Clearance - DUI Module

The goal of this project is to change the Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Impaired (DUI/DWI) module of the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to meet new requirements and operating procedures of the MSP.

Real-time Arterial Performance Management System

The objective of this project is to implement a low-cost system that can accurately estimate arterial travel times.

Reducing Crashes at Rural Intersections: Toward Multi-state Consensus on Intersection Decision Support

Transportation Pooled Fund Study to understand the causes of crashes at rural thru-stop intersections and then identify an effective strategy to mitigate crashes.

Redundant Communications

The Redundant Communications Project addresses concerns over communications with ITS devices susceptible to failure because of ‘single lines’ of communication.  Redundant communications are used to connect to field devices including portable changeable message signs and traffic detectors, via wireless connections.

Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System (RICWS)

The Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System deployment (RICWS) project will deploy the intersection conflict warning system developed in the Intersection Warning and Safe Intersection projects statewide.

Rural ITS
Safety Solutions Systems (RITSS)

The RITSS Project's goal is to develop low-cost, readily deployable, low maintenance systems that can be used by state and local government agencies to improve safety at low-volume curves and non-signalized rural intersections.

Safe Intersections

This goal of this project is to recommend low-cost, readily deployable, reliable, low maintenance and cost-effective systems that can be used by government agencies to improve safety on rural roads and non-signalized rural intersections.

SAIL II Safety with Automatic Intelligent Locator SAIL - Phase 2

This project assesses the overall value of Automated Vehicle Systems (AVL) on maintenance vehicles.

SCorE Backbone Extension This project uses and extends existing connect Minnesota conduit along the I-94 corridor between Trunk Highway 101 in Rogers to Trunk Highway 15 in St. Cloud allowing a low-cost extension of the communications and data fiber optic.
SCorE Corridor Enhanced via Technical Enforcement This project investigates the use of stationary roadside mounted License Plate Readers (LPR) to read license plate numbers of passing vehicles.
SCorE Work Zone Accident Reduction Deployment  
Smart Phone Based
Novice Teenage Driver Support System (TDSS)

The TDSS Project will demonstrate the capability of a Teenage Driver Support System that can be embedded in exposure-based Graduated Drivers License (GDL) programs

Systems Engineering for Standard ITS Applications The Systems Engineering for Standard ITS Applications includes Concept of Operations (ConOps), Functional Requirements (FRs), and ITS Checklists for standard ITS applications.
TIGER Traveler Information Guidance and Evacuation Route

The TIGER project was an effort to deploy additional fixed and mobile surveillance cameras, dynamic message signs, and traffic detection within the corridor between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, and to integrate the operations of two traffic management centers, the Transportation Operations and Communications Center (TOCC) in St. Cloud and the (RTMC) Regional Transportation Management Center in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. 

TIGER Traveler Information Guidance and Evacuation Route

The TIGER project was an effort to deploy additional fixed and mobile surveillance cameras, dynamic message signs, and traffic detection within the corridor between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, and to integrate the operations of two traffic management centers, the Transportation Operations and Communications Center (TOCC) in St. Cloud and the (RTMC) Regional Transportation Management Center in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. 

TIP Traveler Information and Parking Kiosks

This project provides improved services to carpooler's, and more efficient operations of the TAD Garages in downtown Minneapolis.

Traffic Management Using ITS During Major Urban Reconstruction

This Project developed an innovative approach to work zone traffic management on the major urban reconstruction ‘Crosstown Commons’ project (I-35W & TH62) that is able to be deployed with minimum effort in a short period of time.

Transit Status at Bus Shelters

This project purpose is to test, implement and/or evaluate a link from GPS installed devices on vehicles to real-time bus arrival/departure information.

VII Vehicle Infrastructure Integration for Safety, Mobility, and User Fees
VII for Safety, Mobility and User Fees will explore the use of aftermarket devices to deliver enhanced traveler information and in-vehicle signing for safety, mobility and user fee applications.
Vehicles as Sensors

The goal of the project is to develop a vehicle interface that will be capable of gathering and transmitting data from the vehicle to a traffic management center for incorporation into the traveler information system.

Virtual Weigh Station

The goal of this project is to develop new strategies for preserving the Minnesota Department of Transportation roadway and bridge infrastructure by minimizing the damage from overweight trucks that are not in compliance with State weight regulations.

Wildlife Detection and Warning System - Phase 2

The goal of this project is to reduce the number of deer vehicle crashes on instrumented roadway sections by detecting deer and activating a flashing beacon on a standard deer sign, warning motorists of the presence of deer.

Workzone ATMS

This project applies the use of Dynamic Merge Systems and Variable Speed Limit (VSL) systems in work zones.


2001-2005 Minnesota Guidestar Projects

511 and

511 helps commuters and travelers access information regarding weather-related road conditions, construction and congestion, via the phone and internet – 24/7.

CVISN Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks

The CVISN project enhanced commercial vehicle operations in Minnesota by creating open electronic data interchange standards and interfaces.

HRI Highway Rail Intersection
The HRI project focused on deploying a lower cost alternative to traditional rail crossing warning systems.
ITS Scoping Studies in Mn/DOT Districts 2, 3A, 4, and 8

Scoping studies were completed in Mn/DOT District 2 (Bemidji), District 3A (Baxter), District 4 (Detroit Lakes), and District 8 (Marshall) to identify each region's transportation needs and recommend viable ITS solutions that are relevant and effective for rural areas.

IDS Intersection Decision Support

The Intersection Decision Support project researched infrastructure based solutions to crash problems at intersections.

IVI Intelligent Vehicle Initiative - Highway 7 Field Operational Test

The project refined and integrated many of the technologies tested on Highway 101 and Highway 19. The Highway 7 system provided lateral guidance and collision warnings to drivers of snowplows, ambulances and State Patrol squad vehicles.

IVI Intelligent Vehicle Initiative - Highway 19

The objective of this project was to demonstrate magnetic and radar technologies in assisting snowplow operators to "see" road boundaries and obstacles in extremely low visibility conditions.

Minnesota ITS Architecture The architecture defines the functions that could be performed to satisfy user requirements and how the various elements of the system might connect to share information. It also defines the framework around which multiple design approaches can be developed. 
Minnesota ITS Standards Migration Project

This project developed a path for Minnesota's ITS activities to follow in order to migrate towards statewide use of ITS Standards

Moorhead Area Integrated Train Detection and Traffic Control System

This project focused on developing a system to track train movements through the Fargo-Moorhead area and use this information to reduce motorist delay and improve emergency vehicle response.

NIT2 Non-Intrusive Traffic Detection

Evaluation of Non-Intrusive Technologies for Traffic Detection.

PNITDS Portable Non-Intrusive Traffic Detection System

The “Portable Non-Intrusive Traffic Detection System” (PNITDS) provided an alternative to conventional methods by allowing agencies to collect data in high-traffic locations without compromising traffic flow or personnel safety.

TOCC Transportation Operations Communication Centers

Establishment of nine TOCC's to integrate statewide communication and transportation operations network serving rural and the smaller urban areas outside the Twin Cities metro area.

Traveler Information by Phone

This project combined Mn/DOT’s toll free road condition service with enhancements from a pilot cellular phone service - #SAFE - to provide broader traveler information by phone statewide.

Traveler Information on Cable Access Television

This project was designed to test the delivery of deliver pertinent road information to the public using graphic displays of road condition maps on cable access television.

Traveler Information on the Internet - TripUSA

A precursor to, TripUSA was an internet based road and weather traveler information source.

Truck Priority

The focus of this study was to determine if there was a safe and cost effective way to grant trucks priority treatment at specified intersections.


1996-2000 Minnesota Guidestar Projects

AUSCI Adaptive Urban Signal Control and Integration

The objective of this project was to implement an adaptive signal timing plan generation algorithm for the existing traffic control system in Minneapolis.

Advanced Parking Information Systems
The objective of Advance Parking Information Systems Project was to test the operations and effectiveness of providing real-time parking availability information to drivers.
ARTIC Advanced Rural Transportation Information Coordination
The ARTIC project developed a single centralized communications center serving multiple agencies in the rural near Duluth.
Blue Earth County Coordinate-based Local Addressing System

The objective of the project was to create an efficient coordinate-based local addressing system to aid in locating rural emergencies.

Cambridge Telework Center

The objective of the Cambridge Telework Center was to investigate the application of advanced telecommunications technologies to reduce vehicle miles traveled, air pollution, and fuel consumption.

Commercial Vehicle Operations Process Re-engineering

The objective of commercial vehicle operations (CVO) regulatory process re-engineering was to improve government efficiency, customer service, and the safety of statewide carrier operations through the use of ITS technologies.

DIVERT During Incidents Vehicles Exit to Reduce Time

The goal of DIVERT was to provide management strategies during periods of freeway incidents by routing diverted traffic over City surface arterials in a planned, coordinated manner.


The Genesis Project was a Field Operational Test of sending traffic information to portable handheld devices.

GAINS Guidestar Advanced In-vehicle Navigation Systems
GAINS is a prototype map-based in-vehicle navigation (IVN) unit capable of incorporating real-time traffic information into the navigation algorithms.
I-90 and I-94 Gate Closure Evaluation - Phase I
The objective of this evaluation was to determine possible ITS solutions in the closing of I-90 and I-94.
I-90 Gate Operations System - Phase II

This project tested different technologies for controlling traffic through the use of gates.

ICTM Integrated Corridor Traffic Management
ICTM technologies or "smart" traffic systems adjusts traffic signals on local streets and freeway ramp meters based on changing traffic conditions. 
In-vehicle Signing at Highway Railroad Grade Crossings
The in-vehicle signing system was designed to provide timely information to drivers approaching railroad crossings.
Mayday Plus
The objective of Mayday Plus was to develop and test an emergency notification system to allow vehicles that are either stranded or involved in crashes to transmit their location information and establish voice communication with emergency response providers.  
Metro Transit Park and Ride Bus Stop Security System

This project was an operational test to evaluate the usefulness of an audio/visual security system at a Metro Transit Park-and-Ride station.

Midwest One Stop
The objective of Midwest One Stop was to design and test a simple, easily deployed, and compatible one-stop electronic system for the purchase of motor carrier credentials.
NIT1 Non-Intrusive Traffic Detection

The Non-Intrusive Traffic Detection Project was a two year test of non-intrusive technologies to provide traffic data collection practitioners with useful information on performance of various non-intrusive traffic detection, counting, speed measuring and classification technologies.

Orion was Twin Cities Model Deployment initiative that trailed the deployment of a variety of public and private ITS deployments in an attempt to create a sustainable deployment of ITS technologies.
R/WIS Road and Weather Information System

Minnesota's R/WIS is a system that automatically collects, processes, and distributes current and forecasted weather and road surface information.

Rural IVHS Scoping Study

Before it became known as Intelligent Transportation Systems, Mn/DOT conducted a market research study to identify rural traveler needs for Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems

SAIL Safety with Automatic Intelligent Locator
The SAIL Project tested computer aided dispatch (CAD) software and automatic vehicle location (AVL) technology in the Twin Cites metro area.
Scenic Byways ATIS Kiosk
The objective of the Scenic Byways project was to provide Minnesota travelers with updated traveler information via kiosks in highway rest stops.
Smart Work Zone
The Smart Work Zone project developed and tested ITS technologies for video surveillance, signing, and traffic management that could be deployed temporarily in work zones while construction and maintenance activities are underway.

The focus of the SmartDARTS project was to measure the benefits of advanced technologies to Para-transit service providers offering on-demand transit trips.

SmartTape Magnetic Lateral Indication System for Vehicles
3M developed a system that uses magnetized lane-marking tape to help vehicles sense distance from the side of the road. 
Statewide Plan for ATIS

The overall of the Statewide Plan for ATIS was to identify short and long term ATIS goals, and inventory all ATIS activities in which Mn/DOT is either a leader or a participant.

Snowplow IVI - Highway 101

The objective the Snowplow Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) Project was to demonstrate magnetic and radar technologies in assisting snowplow operators to "see" road boundaries and obstacles in extremely low visibility conditions.

Southwest and West Central Minnesota Transit Link

The goal of the transit link project was to expand the services offered by three transit programs to reach common regional centers.  This expansion was possible because of high level of fast, reliable and simple communication between rural transit providers and common local data management practices and parallel data operating systems.


Travlink sought to achieve several objectives - measuring customer acceptance of new technologies, identifying changes in transit ridership due to improved customer information, determining the performance of ITS technologies in the real world environment, and evaluating the impacts on transit service efficiency and quality.

The Trilogy Project was one of the first North American demonstrations of in-vehicle traveler information devices.
University of Minnesota Transit Way

This project utilized both Autoscope technology and magnetic loops to detect traffic (both bicyclists and buses)  in the transit way, and warn crossing vehicles to stop and avoid collisions.

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