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…]

Want to learn more about the basic principles of highway-rail crossing safety, railroad construction project management, or railroad operations?

The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) has teamed up with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development to offer scholarships for three rail-related short courses.


These courses are held in Madison, Wisconsin on the UW-Madison campus.

For more information and to apply for a CFIRE scholarship for a rail short course, visit cfire.wistrans.org/education/epd-rail/.

CSX Carbon Calculator

December 1, 2011

CSX recently update their interactive carbon calculator. Users can select an origin and destination, a type of freight, and its tonnage to see how many rail cars would be required for the shipment and the amount of C02 that would be emitted during shipment. The calculator then provides estimates of how many trucks would be […]

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WisDOT Program and Policy Analyst (Railroad Specialist)

October 10, 2011

Program and Policy Analyst Rail and Harbor Section Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) WisDOT is currently seeking a rail specialist for the Rail and Harbar Section. This position is responsible for providing railroad facilities, technical expertise and consultation to and on behalf of the Department for railroad property acquisition, track rehabilitation, track maintenance and construction. […]

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Infographic: Railroad Mergers

October 5, 2011

Nicolas Rapp (in The battle of the rails) has presented two infographics that display the merging of the railroads in the United States. Now, 90 percent of all rail business in the United States is controlled by just four corporations: CSX, BNSF, UP, and NS: Note: Click the images for a larger version.

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RAIL~VOLUTION 2011 Call for Speakers

March 9, 2011

Washington, DC October 16–19, 2011 Rail~Volution, established as “a conference for passionate practitioners – people from all perspectives who believe strongly in the role of land use and transit as equal partners in the quest for greater livability and greater communities,” is holding this year’s event in Washington, D.C. and promises to “will bring together […]

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Wisconsin Rail Plan Questionnaire

March 15, 2010

Have an opinion about the future of rail in Wisconsin? Fill out the State Rail Plan 2030 Questionnaire. For more information about the Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030, go to www.wisconsinrailplan.gov.

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