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Transportation Seminar Series
The Potential of Dual Mode Vehicles for Public Transit in Alaska

Feb 25, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m., IACC 422)

The ability to adapt road vehicles for use on rail has existed for some time, yet the incorporation of such technology has not led to significant collaborative efficiencies between road and rail systems. Systemic change and organizational biases potentially limit the benefit of rail/road system productivity gains. The Alaska Railroad Flag-Stop service, a passenger train in a fifty-five mile section of remote wilderness provides the framework for study.

Tom Flanigan, PhD Student – NDSU

In his current position as Business Advisor for the Alaska Small Business Development Center Tom assists business owners that serve more than half of all Alaskans. Tom specializes in helping existing, profitable businesses improve operational efficiencies and enjoys quantifying dollar improvements for owners and managers. Tom has a BS from the United States Air Force Academy, a MBA from Chapman University, a MS in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and is working on a PhD in Transportation and Logistics from North Dakota State University. Tom has researched the use of dual mode vehicles in remote areas since the fall of 2006.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050