Wisconsin’s marine freight system is a tremendous asset for both a strong economy as well as a healthy environment in the state. And research conducted through 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.

Recently, the researchers in the initiative released the report, “Leveraging Our Comparative Advantage, Phase II: Identification and Development of Wisconsin Port Market Scenarios.” The study identified and compared four marine highway corridors on the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River with their parallel highway corridors.

Read the full article on the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering website: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/uw-madison-freight-researchers-helping-guide-state-marine-transportation/

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MAFC Program Administrator, Ernest Perry, PhD

MAFC Program Administrator, Ernest Perry, PhD

MAFC Program Administrator, Ernest Perry, PhD, testified last week to members of the Assembly Transportation Committee for the State of Wisconsin in support of continued funding for the Harbor Assistance Program (HAP). In his statement, Perry emphasized a multiagency effort that has been taking place for over three years to to increase the freight and economic activity at Wisconsin ports. Wisconsin ports are responsible for the health of a large part of the state’s economy and will have an increasingly important role in the future. The support provided by HAP funds has been significant in providing tangible benefits to the state’s port infrastructure and will continue to be a much needed asset to ensure the sustainability of this important system moving forward.

Perry’s complete statement can be downloaded here.

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Minnesota’s Statewide Freight System Plan Released

November 29, 2016

The 2016 Statewide Freight System Plan was released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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CFIRE Completes Phase II of the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Study

November 7, 2016

Marine freight, ports, modal diversion, marine highways, OSOW, Great Lakes, Mississippi River

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MAFC Completes Survey Regarding Designation of Critical Rural and Critical Urban Freight Corridors

October 26, 2016

As directed by the FAST act, states and, in certain cases, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, are responsible for designating public roads as Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs) and Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs). The MAFC has completed a survey of member states for this purpose and is working on a report based on the findings.

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Wisconsin State Freight Plan Draft Released

October 17, 2016

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is holding five meetings throughout the state in order to share information and collect input on the draft State Freight Plan. The plan was released at the end of September and can be downloaded from the WisDOT website. The public comment period ends on November 14th.

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