North/West Passage Corridor-Wide Commercial Vehicle Permitting – Phase 2

Quarterly Reports Other Documents Final Report
September 2011 Final Report

Primary Investigators

Ernie Wittwer and Bob Gollnik
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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.


Phase 2 of this project aims to continue to work with North/West Passage States to pursue a regional permitting agreement. Additionally, the research team intends to develop an XML permit concept to allow users to request permits from multiple jurisdictions from one centralized location.


  1. Conduct quarterly NWP regional permitting conference calls/webinars .
  2. Identify ways to reduce confusion of regulations and requirements between jurisdictions .
  3. NWP basic permit requirements inventory.
  4. Research the XML permit concept.
  5. Identify next steps for NWP states to join/not join or expand WASHTO.

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011
  • Budget: $24,990
  • Student Involvement: None
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 05-02
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