The magazine this week highlighted a recent Federal Railroad Administration Report that was based largely on a 2013 Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute survey of regional and short line railroads. The survey indicated that the Class II and Class III railroads need more than $599 million in capital to meet their current infrastructure-improvement needs.
Steve Strege will be awarded the John M. Agrey Award. The Institute's highest award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the state of North Dakota through involvement with transportation. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 16 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
Richard Goldberg will receive the Chairman's Award. The award recognizes an individual for contributions to transportation research, education, and outreach at NDSU, and/or contributions to the viability of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.
Duane Mutch will receive the Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing those who have had distinguished careers in a transportation-related field. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 16 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
Major Robert Swearingen will be inducted into the Honorable Order of St. Christopher at the UGPTI Annual Awards Banquet Oct. 16. Swearingen graduated from the NDSU MML program in 2012 and recently returned to NDSU to pursue a PhD in Transportation and Logistics with a research fellowship from UGPTI.
A campus building dedicated to transportation at NDSU would symbolically show that transportation is equal in importance to other disciplines and indicate that transportation is an accepted interdisciplinary academic field. The building would house NDSU's academic programs in transportation and logistics and provide a home for the UGPTI's research and outreach programs. The building would be a critical step forward in developing the intellectual capital necessary to plan, construct and operate the transportation systems of the 21st century.