The Potential for Mode Conversion to Rail Service in Wisconsin

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Primary Investigators

Ernie Perry
University of Wisconsin-Madison


The team will build upon the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s study regarding industries which drive the Wisconsin economy, and will complement the efforts of the Wisconsin Central Group and Wisconsin Manufacturers Commerce by geo-locating shippers and determining their proximity to rail access. Outreach will be completed to identify the drivers, incentives and barriers to increasing rail access and the resulting economic impact.


Identification of freight rail access in the state of Wisconsin, and its influence on the new economic geography of freight.


  1. Develop GIS and conduct special analysis
  2. Create and conduct Wisconsin shipper survey
  3. Literature review and case studies
  4. Estimate potential for Wisconsin rail demand and summary report

Project Information

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Dates: 7/1/2014 – 12/31/2015
  • Budget: $75,325 (UTC funds)
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Rail
  • Project ID: CFIRE 09-13
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