September 2014

An award-winning paper authored by CFIRE researchers was recently published in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2410.

Critical Rural Freight Corridors Designation: Implications of Truck Percentage Calculation by Alex J. Marach, Teresa M. Adams, and Ernest J. Perry…

…proposes mileage-based, segment-based, and weighted average approaches to determine whether a corridor meets one of the CRFC criteria: a rural principal arterial that has a minimum 25% of truck traffic. The three approaches are explained, assessed, and mapped for the reader to compare the resulting networks. The paper then uses policy analysis techniques to assess the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

This issue (Freight Systems 2014, Volume 1: Planning, Modeling, and Logistics) consists of 17 papers that examine truck traffic related to petroleum well development and production in unconventional shale plays; a critical rural freight corridors designation; generating reliable freight performance measures with truck GPS data; and a GPS and driver log–based survey of grocery trucks in Chicago, Illinois.

US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx joined WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb in Madison, Wisconsin on September 24, 2014 to visit the northern end of the proposed I-39/90 expansion project and the congestion in this corridor that the project would help alleviate.

“Hundreds of thousands of people depend on this route every day, and widening it will help it meet the needs of today and for years to come, said Secretary Foxx. “The I-39/90 expansion project is the sort of highway improvement America’s drivers need, and it highlights the importance of passing the President’s GROW AMERICA Act to ensure there is long-term funding for every state needing a project this ambitious.”

The I-39/90 expansion project is expected to cost nearly $1 billion and will cover the area from the US-12/18 interchange in Madison to the Illinois state line.

For more information, read the FHWA press release.

2014 Mid-Continent Presentations Available

September 17, 2014

The presentations from the 2014 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium are now available for viewing and downloading. Visit the conference page for more information.

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Adams Comments on Automated Vehicles

September 2, 2014

CFIRE Executive Director Teresa Adams recently commented on automated and driverless vehicle technology in Madison’s Cap Times. In a recent interview, Adams explained that limitations of the radar and lidar (light-sensing radar) systems on these cars will make navigating in high-congestion and less-regulated areas (think crowded parking lots) a high bar for autonomous cars to clear […]

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