September 2011

Odebrecht is currently accepting applications for the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. Students are encouraged to engage in a challenging exercise to develop solutions that promote progress by writing and submitting a paper on contributions to sustainability. Prizes are as follows:

  • First Prize $40,000*: $20,000 to the student (s), $10,000 to the advising professor, and $10,000 to the university
  • Second Prize $15,000*: $7,000 to the student (s), $4,000 to the advising professor, and $4,000 to the university
  • Third Prize $10,000*: $5,000 to the student (s), $2,500 to the advising professor, and $2,500 to the university

The application period runs from January 2, 2012 to May 31, 2012.

For more information, download the award guidelines.

2011 Urban Mobility Report

by Steve Wagner on September 29, 2011

The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) has released the 2011 edition of the Urban Mobility Report.

According to the 2011 report–which includes congestion data for 2010 and prior years–average commuter delay was at 34 hours, a full 20 hours greater than in 1982. This congestion cost more than $100 billion, or nearly $750 for every commuter in the United States. In addition, it’s now clear that congestion outside of “rush hour” (which has become a misnomer) accounted for about 40 percent of the delay. This is a particular problem for the movement of freight for businesses that rely on efficient production and deliveries.

Current economic conditions are producing a lull in the growth of congestion, though not in congestion itself:

The economic recession has only provided a temporary respite from the growing congestion problem.  When the economic growth returns, the average commuter is estimated to see an additional 3 hours of delay by 2015 and 7 hours by 2020. By 2015, the cost of gridlock will rise from $101 billion to $133 billion – more than $900 for every commuter, and the amount of wasted fuel will jump from 1.9 billion gallons to 2.5 billion gallons – enough to fill more than 275,000 gasoline tanker trucks.

For the complete story, consult the Annual Urban Mobility Report. There you can read the full report, the summary tables of congestion levels and trends, and the congestion data for your city.

CFIRE Involvement

CFIRE provided funding and helped to develop an estimate of the value of commodities being shipped by truck to and through urban areas and in rural regions. The commodity values were matched with truck delay estimates to identify regions where high values of commodities move on congested roadway networks. For more information, consult the Development of an Areawide Estimate of Truck Freight Value in the Urban Mobility Report (CFIRE 04-16) project.

Civil Engineer–Transportation

September 27, 2011

Various Locations in Wisconsin The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is recruiting to fill Civil Engineer-Transportation positions statewide as they become available in any of the DOT’s Regions or Bureaus. The list of eligible candidates generated from this recruitment may be used to fill vacancies that occur in our regional/bureau offices that are located in Waukesha, […]

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National Transportation Workforce Summit Featured

September 26, 2011

The September 26th issue of Transport Topics includes an article that focuses on national efforts for transportation workforce development: Transportation Officials Urge National Effort To Attract Next Generation of Industry Talent (registration required). This article touches on the CUTC National Transportation Workforce Summit, an effort led in part by CFIRE Director Teresa Adams, who is also […]

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Take a survey about LCVs

September 23, 2011

What do you think about longer combination vehicles (LCVs) on the highways? Take the survey and let us know.

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Assessing Natural Gas’ New Promises and Controversies

September 22, 2011

October 3, 2011 9am-4pm Union South University of Wisconsin-Madison In this one-day program, a group of experts will explore the future of natural gas and what it means for the utility landscape in Wisconsin and beyond.  Participants will hear, and interact, as panels of speakers describe hydraulic fracturing, how it is changing the resource projections […]

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Performance Measures for Evaluating Multi-state Projects

September 16, 2011

Researchers have recently completed the Performance Measures for Evaluating Multi-state Projects (MAFC 11) project and issued a final report. This project outlines a method, using the Chicago CREATE project as a case study, that considers the  the impacts of geographic and industry distribution of project benefits, intermodal impacts, and reliability, as well as the traditional benefits of […]

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