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Publication Number:      Date:  May/June 2001
Issue No: Vol. 65 No. 3
Date: May/June 2001


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Academic/Transportation Research Forum To Be Held June 25-27, 2001

The Federal Highway Administration's Universities and Grants Programs is sponsoring the first annual Academic/Transportation Research Forum from June 25 to 27, 2001, in Washington, D.C. Approximately 200 participants are expected. Jackson State University, in Jackson, Miss., through the FHWA Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE) Initiative, is coordinating the Forum. The Academic/Transportation Research Forum is designed to define the research priorities and meet the work force needs of DOT. One common theme is the discussion of meeting the work force challenge of the 21st century through planning and partnerships. For more information, contact Leslie Porter at (703) 235-0536 or at leslie.porter@fhwa.dot.gov or Dr. Sheila Porterfield at (601) 979-3326 or at sporterf@ccaix.jsums.edu.

Merchant Marine Academy Course Scheduled for May 14-25, 2001

One of the National Highway Institute's partner organizations, the Global Maritime and Transportation School at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, has developed a new two?week intensive course for public transportation officials. The course, Introduction to Freight Transportation Systems and Planning, is designed to: (1) provide state DOT and metropolitan planning organization (MPO) personnel with a comprehensive overview of modal and intermodal freight transportation systems and their relationship to state and regional transportation systems; (2) provide participants with a background and understanding of the issues, concepts, and specific activities connected with regional and local freight transportation and planning as it applies to highways, rails, waterways, and ports; and (3) provide students with the ability to identify, analyze, and develop informed conclusions and recommendations on issues important to state DOTs and MPOs as they relate to the business of freight transportation and planning, related strategies, and long term strategic planning. The course is conducted on the waterside campus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and includes field visits to intermodal freight transportation facilities under the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The upcoming course is also scheduled for Sept. 24 to Oct. 5, 2001. For further information, contact Joe Conway at joe.conway@fhwa.dot.gov or Brian Holden at holdenb@usmma.edu.



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