Wisconsin Port Worker

Wisconsin’s marine freight system is a tremendous asset for both a strong economy as well as a healthy environment in the state. Research coming out of the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is helping multiple organizations and agencies target priority projects as they create and implement plans for the state’s freight infrastructure and economic development. Top among the priority projects identified were the state’s Marine Highways as well as repairs and upgrades to key ports. [click to continue…]


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…]

Infrastructure Banks and the Funding the Transportation System

January 3, 2012

Altantic Cities considers infrastructure banks for funding the transportation system: “I-banks” could lend states, municipalities, and perhaps even private sector agencies a significant portion of project funds that would later be paid back through user fees, public-private partnerships, or dedicated taxes. The idea is to get more transportation projects under construction without significantly expanding the […]

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Bike/Ped Projects Create More Jobs

June 20, 2011

A newly released study from the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst–entitled Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts–finds that investment in bicycle and pedestrian projects creates more jobs than road-only projects. Overall we find that bicycling infrastructure creates the most jobs for a given level of spending: For […]

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Bike/Ped Infrastructure Helps Create Jobs

January 19, 2011

In a recently released case study entitled Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure, the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst reports that investment in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure creates jobs on par with investments in road infrastructure and resurfacing. For the complete story, take a look at the […]

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