The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) is a Tier 1 University Transportation Center (UTC) funded by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).

  • CFIRE’s research, education, and outreach efforts advance technology, knowledge, and expertise in the planning, design, construction, and operation of sustainable freight transportation infrastructure and systems.
  • CFIRE coordinates the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC), a consortium of ten states that cooperate on the planning, operation, preservation, and improvement of freight transportation infrastructure and networks in the Midwest.
  • CFIRE is also home to the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC), a regional surface transportation workforce center funded by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
  • CFIRE also supports the training and education of the next generation of professionals through the UW Transportation Management and Policy program.

The CFIRE consortium overview is also available as a print-quality PDF.


The theme of the CFIRE consortium is Making Multimodal Freight Systems Work for Economic Recovery and Quality of Life.


The CFIRE consortium is structured in a unique collaborative framework: northern and southern hubs. Both northern and southern hubs help coordinate education, training, and technology transfer efforts. Research is done collaboratively across both regions, but dissemination of research results is managed by the hub institutions.

CFIRE Consortium

The northern hub is led by University of Wisconsin-Madison, and includes partners at University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Illinois at Chicago, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Toledo.

The southern hub is led by the University of Memphis and includes Vanderbilt University, University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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