April 2011

Graduate Student Summer Intern
State Smart Transportation Initiative

Transportation is a basic social and economic need. Providing affordable choices to meet transportation needs is an important responsibility of government. However, mobility solutions conceived a generation ago may not be economically or environmentally sustainable today.

The mission of the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) is to promote “smart transportation” practices that foster equitable economic development and environmental sustainability while maintaining high standards of governmental efficiency and transparency. We work with state departments of transportation in three ways:

  • As a community of practice (COP), where participating agencies can learn together and share experiences as they implement innovative ST policies.
  • As a source of direct technical assistance to the agencies on transformative and replicable ST reform efforts.
  • As a resource to the wider transportation community, including local, state, and federal agencies, in its effort to reorient practice to changing social and financial demands.

SSTI is seeking a graduate student intern for the summer to work in Madison on technical assistance projects that will help states move to smarter transportation. The ideal intern for SSTI will appreciate the value of infrastructure in shaping the quality of life, will know how to ask probing questions and use appropriate academic tools to convey information, and will be a meticulous proofreader.

Projects

A summer intern would work in several areas related to the smart transportation agenda: assisting with technical assistance projects for the Community of Practice (e.g., development of performance measures, work on visualization tools); developing webinars; and preparing “snapshot” papers on significant issues. The area of work would be tuned into the student’s particular interests to the extent possible. For example, if a person has the background and experience to develop a communications plan around an issue that a state DOT is promoting, then we would tap into that expertise. Examples of possible research projects are listed below.

  1. Compile state legislation on PPP authorizations: What kinds of transportation projects are included? What are the limitations? Have they been used in the state?
  2. Assess effectiveness of tolling measures in reducing congestion in COP states.
  3. Compare 15 state COP members on miles of highways and conditions of roadways, looking for commonalities in needs.
  4. Prepare a resource manual for innovations in parking regulations, with examples of new practices and how they are implemented, including technological developments. San Francisco is the lead in this, with several pilot projects, so this is essentially a report on the progress of the pilots.
  5. Which states have GHG requirements? Do they address transportation explicitly? If so, how? Do those states have performance metrics for GHG?
  6. Identify off-peak freight pick-up and delivery programs currently operating in the U.S., such as PierPASS at the ports Los Angeles and Long Beach, assess the effectiveness of these programs in reducing congestion and emissions, and identify the key challenges to these programs—e.g., noise/light regulations, lack of cooperation from businesses receiving freight deliveries, etc.
  7. Compare the change in assessed property values and/or average rent in areas adjacent to new fixed-route transit services and in areas not served by transit before and after the implementation of the new service to assess the viability of value capture financing methods to pay for the expansion of transit service.

Internship can begin in May and extend through August.

Applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter identifying their areas of interest to:  Ellen Partridge (elpartridge@wisc.edu)

The Transportation Management & Policy (TMP) spring reception will be held on on Friday, May 6th in the Cheney Lounge (room 1413) in Engineering Hall (1415 Engineering Drive) beginning at noon and lasting until about 2:30 pm.

During the reception, we will see presentations from the students in the TMP’s Colloquium and Practicum courses. The Colloquium students will be presenting on topics related to maritime freight transportation. The Practicum students will be presenting their findings from two different studies – one being an assessment of parking needs at rail stations and the other being a methodology for decision-making concerning converting paved roads to gravel in light of tightening budgets.

In addition to the presentations, we will also be awarding the annual Andrew Muzi Yellow Jersey Fellowship Award.

So bring your appetites for knowledge and food (we’ll be dining on a burrito bar) and join us in celebrating the end of the semester and another successful year of the Transportation Management and Policy program. Feel free to stay for the entire event or just a part of it.

If you are planning to attend, contact Greg Waidley so that we can plan for the catering. You can also download the agenda.

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