University of Minnesota

Access to Destinations Study

Access to Destinations was an interdisciplinary research and outreach effort coordinated by the Center for Transportation Studies, with support from sponsors including the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hennepin County, the Metropolitan Council, and the McKnight Foundation.

The Access to Destinations Study took a new approach to understanding how people use the transportation system, and how transportation and land use interact. At the heart of this approach is the concept of accessibility: the ability of people to reach the destinations that they need to visit in order to meet their needs. By focusing on accessibility—rather than simple congestion measures—the Access to Destinations Study produced a more complete and meaningful picture of transportation and its role in our lives.



The Accessibility Observatory is a program of the Center for Transportation Studies.