January 2012

The Fall/Winter 2011 edition of the CFIRE News is now available. This issue contains the following articles:

  • Shifting Freight to Rail to Improve Air Quality
  • From the Director’s Chair
  • Farewell to Jason Bittner
  • CFIRE Student of the Year
  • GLMRI to Study Environmental Issues
  • Policy Issues for the Great Lakes Cruising Market
  • Optimizing the Transportation of Forest Products
  • Using CT Scans to Test Aggregates
  • ECWRPC Freight Model
  • TMP Successes: Bill Holloway
  • Fall 2011 TMP Reception
  • Freight Transportation Leadership Academy
  • CFIRE Scholarships for Rail Short Courses
  • Upcoming Events

You can download this edition of the CFIRE news as a print-friendly PDF.

CFIRE Sessions at TRB 2012

by Steve Wagner on January 20, 2012

Attending the 2012 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting?  Check out one or more of these sessions about research funded by CFIRE:

Sunday, January 22

1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Hilton (Columbia Hall 5): Workshop 189: Using Knowledge Management to Leverage Organizational Wisdom: Tools and Strategies. “Knowledge Management Strategies for a State Department of Transportation: A Case Study.” Ernie Wittwer and Teresa Adams.

Monday, January 23

10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m., Hilton (Lincoln West): Session 276: Assessing National, Regional and Local Performance, Accessibility and Economic Impacts of Transportation Investments. “Incorporating the Effects of Economic Structure Shifts in the Evaluation of the Economic Impact of Improvements in Freight Infrastructure Through I-O Updating.” Ethan Helpern-Givens and Kazuya Kawamura.

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Shoreham (Blue Room Foyer): Poster Session 295: Current Research in Freight Transportation and Logistics Planning and Operations. “An Activity-Based Freight Mode Choice Microsimulation Model.” Amir Samimi, Zahra Pourabdollahi, Abolfazl Mohammadian, and Kazuya Kawamura.

Tuesday, January 24

8:30 – 10:15 a.m., Hilton (International Center): Poster Session 499: Current Environmental Issues in Transportation. “Using MOVES and AERMOD Models for PM2.5 Conformity Hot-Spot Air Quality Modeling.” Robert Stephen Newbery, Suriya Vallamsundar, and Jane Lin.

10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m., Marriott (Virginia B): Session 507: Freeze-Thaw Issues Related to Soils and Pavements. “Freeze-Thaw Effects on Stiffness of Unbound Recycled Road Base.” Tuncer B. Edil, Ozlem Bozyurt, Andrew Keene, James Tinjum, and Dante Fratta.

3:45 – 5:30 p.m., Shoreham (Blue Room): Session 614: Future Course for Cargo and Commerce, Part 4: Focus on Urban Goods Movement. “Examination of the Relationship Between Built Environment Characteristics and Retail Freight Delivery.” Kazuya Kawamura and Dan Miodonski.

7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Shoreham (Blue Room Foyer): Poster Session 665: Urban Freight Systems. “Comparison Between Urban Cooperative Delivery and Direct Delivery Strategies.” Qin Chen, Jane Lin, and Kazuya Kawamura.

Wednesday, January 25

10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m., Shoreham (Congressional): Session 727: Environmental Impacts of Ports and Maritime Transport. “Impact of Panama Canal Expansion on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Timothy Baird, Jason Bittner, and Teresa Adams.

Thursday, January 26

8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Hilton (Jefferson East): Workshop 805: Building the 21st Century Workforce: State of the Research in Assessing Effectiveness of Transportation Programs Aimed at Knowledge and Skill Building and Enhancement. “Primer for National Transportation Workforce Summit.” John Collura, Teresa Adams, Thomas Joseph O’Brien, Diana Long, Shashi S. Nambisan, Stephen H. Richards, Lydia E. Mercado.

US DOT awards $3.5 million to CFIRE to expand freight research

January 19, 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $3.5 million grant to the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), a consortium led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The grant will fund research, outreach and education on multimodal freight systems and will allow CFIRE to continue its innovative freight research as a […]

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RITA Announces UTC Grants

January 17, 2012

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the US Department of Transportation has announced $77 million dollars in grants to 22 University Transportation Centers. The University of Wisconsin-Madison will serve as the lead institution for the next generation of the CFIRE consortium (one of the ten Tier 1 UTCs) and as a partner in the […]

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CFIRE Scholarships for Rail Short Courses

January 12, 2012

Want to learn more about the basic principles of highway-rail crossing safety, railroad construction project management, or railroad operations? The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) has teamed up with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development to offer scholarships for three rail-related short courses. Courses Railroad Track Construction […]

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Infographic: Fatal Crashes in 2010

January 11, 2012

An infographic from FlowingData using NHTSA data.

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CFP: 2012 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Forum

January 10, 2012

The Wisconsin Transportation Center will host the 2012 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Forum on September 6-7, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin. We are now accepting proposals for presentations. Visit the conference page for the Call for Proposals and submission instructions. Abstracts are due March 16, 2012. For ongoing updates, visit the 2012 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Forum page.

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