August 2013

The US Department of Transportation has recently released a draft of the FY2014-2018 strategic plan for public comment. Secretary Foxx commented:

Transportation is an engine for growing our economy and creating American jobs. Every day, people and businesses rely on a multi-modal transportation system to travel and to move goods to consumers at home and abroad. We know that wherever we invest in transportation infrastructure, opportunities for countless Americans follow. So we want to ensure that our strategic plan serves as a foundation for building, operating, and maintaining a safe and efficient transportation system.

To comment on the USDOT strategic plan, go here or send an email to

Several CFIRE staff members gave presentations at the 2013 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium, held on August 15-16 in Ames, Iowa.

The Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium is sponsored by Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (INTRANS) and CFIRE, as well as the Iowa and Wisconsin DOTs. The symposium is held in alternate years in Ames, Iowa and Madison, Wisconsin.

Analysis of Midwest Access Points for New Canadian Port

August 18, 2013

Prince Rupert, British Columbia is in the process of developing a container port which, when open, will provide additional intermodal freight capacity on the west coast. Located on the west end of Canadian National (CN) railways, the port will be in need of a trade route to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. […]

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Freight for Children Video Contest Winner

August 15, 2013

As part of its education and outreach initiatives, CFIRE recently sponsored a competition to find the best amateur short video that makes children aware of career options in freight-related transportation. The winning team from the University of Alabama-Huntsville included Mary Catherine Dondapati, Tahmina Khan, and Stephanie Farrell (pictured below with their faculty advisor Mike Anderson). […]

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RI-06 Project Update Webinar

August 15, 2013

On July 18, researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi presented updates to the Realigning Multimodal Freight Networks in Response to International Capacity Expansion (RI-06) project. The recorded version of this webinar is now available for online viewing.

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