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Paul Hanley

The federal and state governments are facing uncertain changes in funding streams for our surface transportation system. The Federal Highway Trust Fund and the equivalent state road trust funds are not keeping pace with growing expenditures despite budget reductions and the infusion of one-time grants. We will explore why these primary sources of funding are no longer secure and why alternative funding sources at the federal and state level being pursued. At the national level, the ongoing role of the Federal Highway Trust Fund will be addressed along with the changing emphasis on tolling and user fees. We will also discuss the increased reliance that state and local governments place on sources other than fuel tax, which include excise, sales, and property taxes, as well as tolls.


Dr. Russell will discuss the basics of roundabouts and answer the question, 'Why Roundabouts?', he will also discuss roundabout growth, some current issues, and recent studies.

James Noble

All rail system improvement studies involve significant trade-offs and competing priorities. This presentation focuses on the results of a study that takes an integrated approach to analyzing rail enhancements in order to address both passenger and freight rail performance on the Union Pacific line between St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO such that both on-time passenger service is improved and freight delays reduced. The study used a combination of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) to determine key capacity restrictions and congestion factors and a simulation model to examine candidate improvement alternatives. Based on this analysis capacity improvement alternatives were prioritized with respect to system performance improvement and capital investment requirements. The recommendations of this study were presented to the Missouri House Transportation committee and the majority of them have been implemented through a combination of federal, state, and Union Pacific funding.

Hamid Sharif

The North American freight railroad industry is continuously moving towards improving the safety and security of freight transportation. One key effort focuses on the use of advanced wireless communication technologies to control train movements and monitoring mechanical and electrical component status of each railcar in real-time, as well as the status of the transported goods themselves.

Dr. Sharif will discuss the state of wireless communications in freight railroads and his approach for system modeling and establishing a wireless test bed as a part of his collaborations with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for studying the required wireless technologies in a mobile railroad environment. The focus is on studying the impact of mobility on the wireless system throughput for moving trains with different velocities under noisy and limited wireless communication channels.

Professor Sharif will also discuss the approaches and techniques for effective usage of wireless sensor networks in safety and security of freight train operations. This allows real-time monitoring of railcar components such as air pressure, wheel bearing temperature, brake failure, wiring integrity, and much more.

Erick Jones

This presentation describes research funded by Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and conducted at the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (NEDMV). The research describes stakeholder benefits for utilizing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) license plates to assist with optimizing transportation and logistics operations along the roadside.

The project would included cooperation between the University of Nebraska's (Transportation Center and Radio Frequency Supply Chain Logistics (RfSCL) lab), the NEDMV, Nebraska Trucking Association, the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), The Nebraska Department of Corrections, Cornhusker State Industries (CSI) and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP)). This presentation provides results of the stakeholder analysis, Roadside RFID license plate prototype testing, software and database security testing, and a return on investment analysis in comparison to other technologies.

The long term goals of the initiative is to develop a system capable of providing accurate, real time information to government agencies at a marginal cost to the users.

Randall Peters

Director Randy Peters will share the initial steps involved in setting the course for a highway agency's strategic performance.

Daniel Sabin

Daniel R. Sabin is Owner and President of the Iowa Northern Railway Company based in Cedar Rapids. The Iowa Northern is a 163-mile shortline railroad which runs diagonally from north to south from Manly to Cedar Rapids, all within the State of Iowa. Dan bought the struggling line, in 1994 from on-line elevators, which is made up of remnants from the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railway Company, and was established as a short line in 1984. At that time, the railroad handled 12,000 revenue cars and the average track speed was less than 10 mph. In 2006, traffic surged to 40,000 revenue cars and the average track speed is now 30 mph. Since Dan's purchase of the line, the railroad has invested over $1.3 million per year in bringing up the line to a state of good repair while increasing reliability and customer service. Plans are underway to spend an additional $55 million over the next five years in capital and capacity improvements. Additionally, Dan has managed the partnership and location of two ethanol plants on the line, as well as other various industries and economic development initiatives. In October 2006, the Iowa Northern and the Keiwiet Group Companies broke ground on Manly Terminal, LLC; a joint venture - first of its kind ethanol and biofuels storage and trading facility in Manly, Iowa.

Prior to the Iowa Northern, Dan was Co-Founder, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Iron Road Railways based in Alexandria, VA which owned and operated various shortline operations including the former Bangor and Aroostook System. Dan also has experience as Co-Founder and President of his own transportation consulting firm, as well as from his days with CSX Transportation, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Rock Island.

Sabin is also owner and operator of the Hawkeye Express, under contract to furnish shuttle train service to Iowa Hawkeye home football games.

He is a graduate of Grandview College and Southwest Oklahoma State University, in Economics and Business, and resides in Coralville, IA.

Tom Clements

Werner Enterprises has long been recognized within the full truckload industry as a technological leader. This presentation will cover Werner Enterprises' use of technology in four areas. The first area is equipment and fuel efficiency, topics presented in this area will include aerodynamics, trailer skirts, automated tire inflation, and driving behavior. The second topic is regulation, we will cover hours of service (HOS), electronic on-board recorders (EORB), safety, driver hiring, and equipment weight reduction in this section. IT systems is the third topic, during this segment we will review software development methodology, IT infrastructure, electronic data interchange (EDI), genetic algorithms optimization, document imaging, mobile tools, and Werner's SMART transportation management system (TMS). The final topic is Logistics Analysis, we will highlight Werner's investment in business intelligence (BI), geographical information systems (GIS), and supply chain optimization and analytics and the methods in which those services ensure our customers get the best service in the industry.

Robert Kollmar

A brief overview of several different organizations devoted to assisting the railroad industry, and a synopsis of the complex development of Positive Train Control within the railroad industry. Bob Kollmar, Executive Director, Engineering, Communications and Train Control for the Association of American Railroads will be providing the presentation.

Steve Garbe

Mr. Steve Garbe has recently been involved with two projects involving ITS design for major bridge reconstruction over the Mississippi River; one project along I-35W in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the other along I-74 between Iowa and Illinois in the Quad Cities.

Bridge Security and Bridge Health Monitoring were planned and designed with each project. These new transportation management strategies merged traditional ITS field devices and structural sensors to provide a new level of data collection and system monitoring. The planning and design introduced new field equipment, new stakeholders and new integration opportunities with State agencies and research universities. This presentation is expected to cover:
• An overview of the ITS along each project
• Bridge Security Practices
• Bridge Health Monitoring Practices
• Integration Challenges
• Lessons Learned