University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the lead institution of the CFIRE consortium and of the consortium’s northern hub.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education is a leading freight research center offering comprehensive engineering, policy, and economic analyses on freight issues of national and regional concern. CFIRE plays a crucial role in facilitating other research arms at UW-Madison, including the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC).

CFIRE is dedicated to fostering a regional focus on freight research analysis. This is best displayed by the MAFC’s large Regional Freight Study (RFS) that embodies all modes of freight within a ten-state region. CFIRE acknowledges the importance of freight corridors and inserts this analytical framework throughout their research. With backgrounds in civil engineering, transportation planning, and policy analysis, the CFIRE staff is well equipped to provide a holistic research approach. Couple this with their growing abilities in advanced GIS analysis, and CFIRE is able to incorporate quantitative, qualitative, and spatial research techniques in their work.

CFIRE staff and facilities help form the foundation for the university’s Transportation Management and Policy Certificate offered through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The TMP certificate is an interdisciplinary program aimed at Master’s degree candidates from a variety of programs including Urban and Regional Planning, La Follette School of Public Affairs, Civil Engineering, and others. TMP’s curriculum integrates the study of the environment, transportation and land use planning, engineering, economics, freight mobility, multi-modal systems, spatial analysis, and decision making with the study of political, legal, environmental, and social factors that shape transportation management.

Research Inititatives

RI-02 Making Freight-Centric Communities More Livable: Measuring the Impact of Advanced Technologies
RI-03 Non-Destructive Technologies for Monitoring and Condition Assessment to Support Safety, Maintenance Programming, and Cost Allocation
RI-05 Estimating the Effects of Extreme Weather on Transportation Infrastructure
RI-07 Enhancing Rail Connectivity to Underserved Rural Communities
RI-08 Beneficial Use of Dredging Materials from Harbors and Channels
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