Midwest Freight

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(274)
Lead Organization: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1327
Partners: IL, TN, WI
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Aug 29, 2016
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2017
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $800,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Lynn Hanus
lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov
Phone: 608-267-2294
Study Champion(s): Lori Richter
lori.richter@dot.wi.gov
Phone: 608-264-8435
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Illinois Department of Transportation 2013 $0.00 Kevin Schoeben Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2014 $50,000.00 Kevin Schoeben Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2012 $150,000.00 Stephanie Vincent Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2013 $150,000.00 Stephanie Vincent Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2014 $150,000.00 Stephanie Vincent Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2013 $300,000.00 Lynn Hanus Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

The Wisconsin DOT is leading a pooled fund to support the National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research & Education (CFIRE) led by the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Participation in this pooled fund presents an opportunity for state DOTs to support a federally designated University Transportation Center by helping scope projects to more readily meet DOT needs and ultimately allow for quickly implemented results in state practice.

In 2005 CFIRE was selected as a National University Transportation Center (UTC). This allowed the center to use research, education and outreach efforts to advance technology, knowledge and expertise in the planning, design, construction and operation of sustainable freight transportation and infrastructure systems. Recently, RITA announced CFIRE, through a competitive process has been awarded, a Tier 1 UTC. The new CFIRE consortium represents the merger of UTCs with the addition of several new partners to continue this work; University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Toledo, University of Illinois-Chicago, Michigan Technological University, University of Memphis, Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Southern Mississippi.

The new CFIRE will combine the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as the lead institution and host of a northern hub, with the University of Memphis hosting a southern hub. The new CFIRE consortium will offer a wide range of expertise in truck, rail, waterway, air, and multimodal freight planning, management, and operations with a deep history of conducting successful, actionable research, education, outreach, and technology transfer in support of the freight community. The partner institutions have collaborative relationships with state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and local municipalities, as well as with shippers and carriers across all modes. The proposed new, expanded CFIRE consortium—unparalleled in breadth and scope—is uniquely situated to broaden and deepen its ability to help resuscitate and grow the US economy while upholding and improving the quality of life for the entire country.

Objectives

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:

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.

5. Identification of transportation infrastructure most at risk in a climate-change scenario.

Desired outcomes influencing Institutional and Organizational Design:

6. Strategies for realigning multimodal freight networks in response to international capacity expansion.

7. Strategies for revitalizing rural economies with shortline rail access.

8. Identification of transportation barriers and opportunities for delivery of local food.

9. Creation of a market for beneficial reuse of waterway dredging materials.

Scope of Work

The CFIRE team will take advantage of regional expertise developed over years of prior activities by establishing both northern and southern hubs to help coordinate proposed education, training, and technology transfer efforts. While research is expected to be done collaboratively across both regions, dissemination will be managed by the hub institutions.

The northern hub will be managed by the UW-Madison, and include partners at UW-Superior, UW Milwaukee, University of Illinois, Chicago, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Toledo. These institutions are located in states that share the Great Lakes system and have extensive knowledge and contacts in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The northern hub institutions also have experience with Chicago as a major distribution center.

The southern hub will be led by the University of Memphis and include Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Alabama, Huntsville. These institutions have extensive knowledge of the inland waterway system, manufacturing processes, intermodal freight activity, and gulf and ocean ports. It is expected that all project activities will involve multiple institutions and disciplines. No single project activity supported by grant funds will be limited to a single consortium partner.

Planned projects include:

• A Multi-Modal Freight Safety, Security, and Environmental Routing Tool

• Making Freight-Centric Communities More Livable: Measuring the Impact of Advanced

• Technologies

• Non-Destructive Technologies for Monitoring and Condition Assessment to Support Safety,

• Maintenance Programming, and Cost Allocation

• Mining Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) Data for Improved Vessel Trip Analysis Capabilities

• Estimating the Effects of Climate Change on Transportation Infrastructure

• Institutional and Organizational Design

• Realigning Multimodal Freight Networks in Response to International Capacity Expansion

• Enhancing Rail Connectivity to Underserved Rural Communities

• Enhancing Access to Local and Regional Food

• Beneficial Reuse of Dredging Materials from Harbors and Channels

Total authorized grant for research, education and outreach, based on stipulations set up in the grant competition is $3.5 in federal funds to be matched 100% by CFIRE. Committed pooled fund partners include Wisconsin DOT and Tennessee DOT. Each DOT partner has committed $300,000 for a two year period. There is a $50K minimum to participate and receive voting power on the Research Advisory Committee. Staff of WisDOT will provide management of the pooled fund program while the University of Wisconsin-Madison will provide direction and management of the CFIRE program. An evaluation of the pooled fund at the end of the grant life as well as new grant award stipulations will determine the need for a second generation pooled fund.

Future obligations will occur as needed to fund further activities set forth by the Executive Management Committee. FHWA will be asked to review and approve all projects as set forth in the committee structure.

Comments

Organizational Structure

Committees

CFIRE will be directed by Dr. Teresa Adams at the UW-Madison. Advice and guidance will be provided to Dr. Adams through an Executive Management Committee of representatives of the CFIRE partner institutions and a Research Advisory Committee that includes the Executive Management Committee and representatives of sponsoring organizations and other significant stakeholders.

Executive Management Committee

This committee will provide overall guidance and strategic decision making for CFIRE. The committee will include one representative of each consortium partner. Two votes will be assigned to the University of Memphis and three votes assigned to the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Teresa Adams, as Center Director, will call and chair meetings of the Executive Management Committee. The Executive Management Committee will clearly delineate roles and responsibilities for each consortium partner. At a minimum, partners will collaborate on research opportunities, participate in technology transfer initiatives, support student activities, and engage freight stakeholders in Center efforts as outlined in this proposal.

Research Advisory Committee

This committee will provide recommendations to the Center Director on specific research awards. It will consider research budget allocations, provide peer review for proposals, and prioritize research projects and emerging needs. Given the nature of the committee, it will provide valuable insight on channels for research dissemination and strategies for implementation. In addition, the committee will provide external input to the Center’s general direction and identify key areas for future growth and research.

The committee will meet annually to select projects. It is expected that committee members will attend in person, although teleconferences may be organized to keep administrative costs low.

This committee will include a member from each consortium partner and also include

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Study on the Impacts of OSOW Vehicles and Complex Bridges OSOW final report Apr16.pdf Final Report Public
Effects of Primary and Secondary Crashes: Identification, Visualization and Prediction PS_Crash_Final_Report_March 2017.pdf Final Report Public
A Guidebook for Freight Transportation Planning Using Truck GPS Data FPM Report_March 2017.pdf Final Report Public
Acceptance memo TPF-5(174) Acceptance memo.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(274) Closeout Letter TPF-5(274) Close out Memo-Signed.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(274) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet TPF-5(274) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet.pdf Other Public
2012 Q4 Report 2012-Q4 TPF Quarterly Report .pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2013 Q1 Report 2013-Q1 TPF Quarterly Report .pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2013 Q4 Report 2013-Q4 TPF Quarterly Report .pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2014 Q1 Report Quarterly Report -Secondary Crashes Jan-Mar 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2014 Q2 Report TPF-5(274) 2014Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2014 Q3 Report TPF-5(274) 2014Q3.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2014 Q4 Report TPF-5(274) 2014Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2015 Q1 Report QPR Compiled TPF5 274 Q1 2015.pdf Report Public
2015 Q2 Report TPF-5(274) Midwest Freight combined QPR Q2 2015.pdf Report Public
2015 Q3 Report TPF-5(274) Midwest Freight compiled report Q3 2015.pdf Report Public
2015 Q4 Report QPR Dec 2015.pdf Report Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Acceptance Memo Memorandum Public

Midwest Freight

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(274)
Lead Organization: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1327
Partners: IL, TN, WI
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Aug 29, 2016
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2017
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $800,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Lynn Hanus
lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov
Phone: 608-267-2294
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Illinois Department of Transportation 2013 $0.00 Kevin Schoeben Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2014 $50,000.00 Kevin Schoeben Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2012 $150,000.00 Stephanie Vincent Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2013 $150,000.00 Stephanie Vincent Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2014 $150,000.00 Stephanie Vincent Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2013 $300,000.00 Lynn Hanus Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The Wisconsin DOT is leading a pooled fund to support the National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research & Education (CFIRE) led by the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Participation in this pooled fund presents an opportunity for state DOTs to support a federally designated University Transportation Center by helping scope projects to more readily meet DOT needs and ultimately allow for quickly implemented results in state practice.

In 2005 CFIRE was selected as a National University Transportation Center (UTC). This allowed the center to use research, education and outreach efforts to advance technology, knowledge and expertise in the planning, design, construction and operation of sustainable freight transportation and infrastructure systems. Recently, RITA announced CFIRE, through a competitive process has been awarded, a Tier 1 UTC. The new CFIRE consortium represents the merger of UTCs with the addition of several new partners to continue this work; University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Toledo, University of Illinois-Chicago, Michigan Technological University, University of Memphis, Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Southern Mississippi.

The new CFIRE will combine the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as the lead institution and host of a northern hub, with the University of Memphis hosting a southern hub. The new CFIRE consortium will offer a wide range of expertise in truck, rail, waterway, air, and multimodal freight planning, management, and operations with a deep history of conducting successful, actionable research, education, outreach, and technology transfer in support of the freight community. The partner institutions have collaborative relationships with state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and local municipalities, as well as with shippers and carriers across all modes. The proposed new, expanded CFIRE consortium—unparalleled in breadth and scope—is uniquely situated to broaden and deepen its ability to help resuscitate and grow the US economy while upholding and improving the quality of life for the entire country.

Objectives

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:

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.

5. Identification of transportation infrastructure most at risk in a climate-change scenario.

Desired outcomes influencing Institutional and Organizational Design:

6. Strategies for realigning multimodal freight networks in response to international capacity expansion.

7. Strategies for revitalizing rural economies with shortline rail access.

8. Identification of transportation barriers and opportunities for delivery of local food.

9. Creation of a market for beneficial reuse of waterway dredging materials.

Scope of Work

The CFIRE team will take advantage of regional expertise developed over years of prior activities by establishing both northern and southern hubs to help coordinate proposed education, training, and technology transfer efforts. While research is expected to be done collaboratively across both regions, dissemination will be managed by the hub institutions.

The northern hub will be managed by the UW-Madison, and include partners at UW-Superior, UW Milwaukee, University of Illinois, Chicago, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Toledo. These institutions are located in states that share the Great Lakes system and have extensive knowledge and contacts in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The northern hub institutions also have experience with Chicago as a major distribution center.

The southern hub will be led by the University of Memphis and include Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Alabama, Huntsville. These institutions have extensive knowledge of the inland waterway system, manufacturing processes, intermodal freight activity, and gulf and ocean ports. It is expected that all project activities will involve multiple institutions and disciplines. No single project activity supported by grant funds will be limited to a single consortium partner.

Planned projects include:

• A Multi-Modal Freight Safety, Security, and Environmental Routing Tool

• Making Freight-Centric Communities More Livable: Measuring the Impact of Advanced

• Technologies

• Non-Destructive Technologies for Monitoring and Condition Assessment to Support Safety,

• Maintenance Programming, and Cost Allocation

• Mining Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) Data for Improved Vessel Trip Analysis Capabilities

• Estimating the Effects of Climate Change on Transportation Infrastructure

• Institutional and Organizational Design

• Realigning Multimodal Freight Networks in Response to International Capacity Expansion

• Enhancing Rail Connectivity to Underserved Rural Communities

• Enhancing Access to Local and Regional Food

• Beneficial Reuse of Dredging Materials from Harbors and Channels

Total authorized grant for research, education and outreach, based on stipulations set up in the grant competition is $3.5 in federal funds to be matched 100% by CFIRE. Committed pooled fund partners include Wisconsin DOT and Tennessee DOT. Each DOT partner has committed $300,000 for a two year period. There is a $50K minimum to participate and receive voting power on the Research Advisory Committee. Staff of WisDOT will provide management of the pooled fund program while the University of Wisconsin-Madison will provide direction and management of the CFIRE program. An evaluation of the pooled fund at the end of the grant life as well as new grant award stipulations will determine the need for a second generation pooled fund.

Future obligations will occur as needed to fund further activities set forth by the Executive Management Committee. FHWA will be asked to review and approve all projects as set forth in the committee structure.

Comments

Organizational Structure

Committees

CFIRE will be directed by Dr. Teresa Adams at the UW-Madison. Advice and guidance will be provided to Dr. Adams through an Executive Management Committee of representatives of the CFIRE partner institutions and a Research Advisory Committee that includes the Executive Management Committee and representatives of sponsoring organizations and other significant stakeholders.

Executive Management Committee

This committee will provide overall guidance and strategic decision making for CFIRE. The committee will include one representative of each consortium partner. Two votes will be assigned to the University of Memphis and three votes assigned to the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Teresa Adams, as Center Director, will call and chair meetings of the Executive Management Committee. The Executive Management Committee will clearly delineate roles and responsibilities for each consortium partner. At a minimum, partners will collaborate on research opportunities, participate in technology transfer initiatives, support student activities, and engage freight stakeholders in Center efforts as outlined in this proposal.

Research Advisory Committee

This committee will provide recommendations to the Center Director on specific research awards. It will consider research budget allocations, provide peer review for proposals, and prioritize research projects and emerging needs. Given the nature of the committee, it will provide valuable insight on channels for research dissemination and strategies for implementation. In addition, the committee will provide external input to the Center’s general direction and identify key areas for future growth and research.

The committee will meet annually to select projects. It is expected that committee members will attend in person, although teleconferences may be organized to keep administrative costs low.

This committee will include a member from each consortium partner and also include

Title File/Link Type Private
Study on the Impacts of OSOW Vehicles and Complex Bridges OSOW final report Apr16.pdf Final Report Public
Effects of Primary and Secondary Crashes: Identification, Visualization and Prediction PS_Crash_Final_Report_March 2017.pdf Final Report Public
A Guidebook for Freight Transportation Planning Using Truck GPS Data FPM Report_March 2017.pdf Final Report Public
Acceptance memo TPF-5(174) Acceptance memo.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(274) Closeout Letter TPF-5(274) Close out Memo-Signed.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(274) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet TPF-5(274) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet.pdf Other Public
2012 Q4 Report 2012-Q4 TPF Quarterly Report .pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2013 Q1 Report 2013-Q1 TPF Quarterly Report .pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2013 Q4 Report 2013-Q4 TPF Quarterly Report .pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2014 Q1 Report Quarterly Report -Secondary Crashes Jan-Mar 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2014 Q2 Report TPF-5(274) 2014Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2014 Q3 Report TPF-5(274) 2014Q3.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2014 Q4 Report TPF-5(274) 2014Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
2015 Q1 Report QPR Compiled TPF5 274 Q1 2015.pdf Report Public
2015 Q2 Report TPF-5(274) Midwest Freight combined QPR Q2 2015.pdf Report Public
2015 Q3 Report TPF-5(274) Midwest Freight compiled report Q3 2015.pdf Report Public
2015 Q4 Report QPR Dec 2015.pdf Report Public
Title File/Link Type Private
Acceptance Memo Memorandum Public

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