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GKM Vsit to CFIRE

GKM Incorporated recently visited the UW–Madison campus to talk to students about how its platform supports the goals associated with Smart City initiatives, the current topic for CFIRE’s Transportation Management and Policy Program’s colloquium.

An innovative approach that transforms a negative into a positive for Wisconsin manufacturers and producers substantiates findings in research completed by the Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Simply put, geography is an issue for Wisconsin shippers wishing to utilize intermodal rail—rail combined with other transportation modes such as trucking—as part of its supply chain. Chicago’s proximity results in Wisconsin shippers being held captive to the realities of the region’s freight system. As the busiest transcontinental rail gateway in the country with over 1,200 commuter, intercity passenger, and freight trains a day, Chicago is the heart of the continental freight rail system and exerts a gravitational mass that essentially creates a funnel for Wisconsin freight that wants to travel by rail. However, because of the regions’ congested rail system, getting freight through the Chicago gateway can take anywhere from hours to days, creating service and reliability issues for Wisconsin shippers. [click to continue…]

A tool with real-world applications for city planners as well as a robust survey of drone technologies were the highlights of the Spring 2016 end-of-semester symposium of the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program. The students presented their work on May 6th to a gathering of interested staff, faculty, other students, and a representative of the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board.

Tool for city planners

TMP students created a tool for city planners
that scores metropolitan districts based on transportation and health factors.

Eli Miller, a student in the TMP Colloquium and project assistant for CFIRE kicked off the symposium with a summary of key takeaways from the semester’s colloquium. The class studied drone technologies—more appropriately called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs. The students learned about the broad range of technologies that fall under this categorization. These include everything from the small, familiar-looking, hovering craft with four helicopter-like propellers that drone hobbyists have popularized to the 32,000 lb., airplane-shaped Global Hawk used by the U.S. military.

These technologies already fill many roles and are expanding their reach. Beyond entertaining hobbyists, UAVs serve roles where cost, safety, time, and task desirability are a factor. With these technologies, human labor costs are reduced, tasks that would be unsafe for people can be done remotely, certain tasks can be done more quickly, and undesirable jobs can be done without people.

The second presentation by Kirsten Brose, Daniel Handel, James Markosian, Eli Miller, and Chelsea Morrison outlined methods and results from their project to modify a national tool, making it more applicable for City Planners in Madison, Wisconsin. The students took on this real-world challenge for the Madison Sustainability Committee as part of their work in the TMP Practicum. [click to continue…]

Spring 2015 TMP Reception

May 12, 2015

On Friday, May 8, 2015 the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) colloquium and practicum students presented the results of their group projects to interested staff and faculty, as well as other students and representatives from Madison Metro. About the TMP Colloquium Students in the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program take two one-credit colloquium modules […]

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Spring 2014 TMP Reception

May 13, 2014

On Friday, May 10, the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) colloquium and practicum students presented the results of their group projects to interested staff and faculty, as well as other students. About the TMP Colloquium Students in the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program take two one-credit colloquium modules as part of the TMP curriculum. […]

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Schroeckenthaler to Intern at CBO

May 13, 2014

CFIRE project assistant and Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) student Kyle Schroeckenthaler will be interning with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in Washington, DC this summer. While at the CBO he will work with a senior economist  to carry out analysis of the United States deep-water ports including the establishment of standard performance measures, investigation […]

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TMP Featured by In Common

January 13, 2014

In Common, the biannual publication of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently published an article about the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program that includes interviews with CFIRE Executive Director Teresa Adams, who directs the TMP program and CFIRE Managing Director Greg Waidley, as well as the Fall 2013 […]

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Spring 2013 TMP Reception

May 14, 2013

On Friday, May 10, the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) colloquium and practicum students presented the results of their group projects to interested staff and faculty, as well as other students. CFIRE Executive Director Teresa Adams also presented the 2013 Muzi Fellowship. About the TMP Colloquium Students in the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program […]

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