Midwest Freight

The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) will capitalize on its resources to conduct advanced and applied research that impacts the multimodal movement of freight. Making freight transportation systems work for economic competitiveness should not happen at the expense of livability. The center has distilled its ideas for projects into a theme: Making Multimodal Freight Systems Work for Economic Recovery and Quality of Life. CFIRE's multidisciplinary and multi-scale approach recognizes interacting economic, social, and technical factors, and environmental and regulatory constraints, which influence the function of freight transportation and allied systems. In summary, CFIRE's significant contributions have two outcomes: Desired outcomes impacting applied measurement include: (1) a better routing tool for hazardous materials shipments; (2) guidance for using advanced technologies to improve livability of freight-centric communities; (3) methods for using non-destructive technologies for safety, maintenance, and cost allocation; (4) a new methodology for processing vessel data in real-time; and (5) identification of transportation infrastructure most at risk in a climate-change scenario. Desired outcomes influencing Institutional and Organizational Design include: (1) strategies for realigning multimodal freight networks in response to international capacity expansion; (2) strategies for revitalizing rural economies with shortline rail access; (3) identification of transportation barriers and opportunities for delivery of local food; and (4) the creation of a market for beneficial reuse of waterway dredging materials.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $800000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  United States  62764

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    PO Box 7910
    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 104
    Madison, WI  United States  53707-7910

    Tennessee Department of Transportation

    James K. Polk Building
    Fifth and Deaderick Street
    Nashville, TN  United States  37243-0349
  • Project Managers:

    Hanus, Lynn

  • Start Date: 20120000
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160829
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41116

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01570489
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(274)
  • Created Date: Jul 22 2015 1:02AM