North/West Passage Corridor-Wide Commercial Vehicle Permitting

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Primary Investigators

Ernie Wittwer and Bob Gollnik
Wisconsin Transportation Center
1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 EH
Madison, WI 53706


The efficient movement of freight is a key to the economic success of any state, region or nation. Rising transport costs will tend to make products from the region more expensive and less competitive in the national and global markets. This trend can be addressed by adding capacity, a very expensive and long-term solution; improving the management of the highway and rail systems; and by easing the regulatory burden on carriers.

Some states have organized themselves into compacts or coalitions to issue permits for these routine loads on a regional basis. While permitting is one of the issues often raised by truckers as a costly and frustrating process, a number of concerns over exactly how individual state rules can be harmonized to facilitate regional permitting must be resolved before multi-state agreements can be put into place. To better understand the nature of regional permitting processes, existing compact or agreements must be reviewed and their rules, processes and administrative procedures documented. In addition, members of those compacts must be interviewed to measure their perceptions of the costs and benefits entailed in regional agreements.


This project team aims to identify how the North/West Passage States might pursue a regional permitting agreement, what such an agreement would mean for each State’s Department of Transportation, and the level of industry demand in the eight States for regional permitting services.


  1. Project management
  2. Research regional permitting models
  3. Outreach to eight North/West Passage states and commercial vehicle industry
  4. Develop N/W Passage permitting concept.

Project Information

  • Duration: 7 months
  • Dates: July 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009
  • Budget: $32,926
  • Student Involvement: One undergraduate
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 03-09
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