Wisconsin

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 Vsit to CFIRE

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…]

TMP Student Projects Provide Planning Tool for Cities and a Survey of Drone Uses

July 8, 2016

A tool with real-world applications for city planners as well as a robust survey of drone technologies were the highlights of the Spring 2016 end-of-semester symposium of the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program. The students presented their work on May 6th to a gathering of interested staff, faculty, other students, and a representative of […]

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WisDOT Engineering Interships

November 13, 2013

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Madison, Wisconsin The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is seeking applications for engineering internship positions for Summer 2014. The Engineering Intern is responsible for performing technical and/or engineering support duties related to the functions of the multi-modal transportation systems, in such areas as project development, technical services, systems planning and operations […]

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WisDOT Civil Engineer Transportation Supervisor: Railroad Engineer and Safety

November 11, 2013

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Madison, Wisconsin The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is seeking  a Civil Engineer Transportation Supervisor: Railroad Engineer and Safety in the Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads, and Harbors. For more information, and to apply, consult the position description. The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Monday, November 18.

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CFIRE to Lead Development of Wisconsin Ports Master Plan

October 22, 2013

CFIRE has joined a partnership that includes the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Association, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), and the Port of Green Bay to develop a master plan for Wisconsin ports. “Marine and freight transportation are key economic drivers for our state,” said CFIRE researcher […]

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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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