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What's New
First ships arrive at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor
Northwestern Indiana Times (4/18)
The Freighter Isolda arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on Thursday, April 17, marking the start of the international shipping season.

Dozens of ships at Soo Locks await ice cutter convoy to cross Lake Superior
Up North Live (4/15)
There are currently more than 40 ships waiting to get through the Soo Locks due to the lingering ice cover on the water.

Great Lakes ice damages ships, slashes cargo numbers
Sawyer County Record (4/14)
Cargo vessels have been experiencing a lot of trouble on the Great Lakes lately due to the "ice blockade" from this winter.

The big melt: Once-in-a-generation ice on lakes delays shipping season
Green Bay Press-Gazette (4/10)
A long, cold winter that froze huge swaths of the Great Lakes continues to be felt well into the spring with a slow start to the 2014 commercial shipping season.

U.N. panel to weigh dangers of oil-by-rail cargo
Reuters (4/3)
A U.N. panel will examine the rules for handling the kind of oil-by-rail shipments involved in several recent fiery derailments in a move that could rattle the fast-growing sector.

Great Lakes shipping season kicks off
The Northwest Indiana Times (3/31)
The Great Lakes shipping season kicked off after the opening of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and also opening the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

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General Resources
Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee (GCM) Travel Site
IDOT, INDOT, WisDOT, FHWA
The GCM website provides travelers in the corridor area with information to assist them in making efficient transportation choices.

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
U.S. SLSDC and Canadian SLSMC
This joint, binational site of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation offers comprehensive data on water levels and wind speeds; shipping and navigation regulations and official forms; and links to every organization, port and government agency involved with the Great Lakes Seaway System.

Transportation and Sustainable Development Program
Great Lakes Commission
Promotes sustainable, resource-based economic activity and the use, development and maintenance of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence transportation system.

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Laws
Canada Transportation Act
Transport Canada
Complete overview of the 1996 transportation act.

DOT Acquisitions and Grants
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
A portal to all things related to acquisitions, grants, and policy within and outside the DOT.

U.S. Code, Title 49 - Transportation
Legal Information Institute, Cornell University
Review of the major acts and regulations which pertain to Transport Canada programs.

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Research
Canadian Transportation Research Gateway
Transport Canada
The Canadian Transportation Research Gateway (CTRG) is intended to provide access to evaluated websites, through a single gateway, for researchers, students, government, and industry.

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Study
The Canadian and U.S. governments are conducting a joint study to evaluate the infrastructure needs of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system, specifically the engineering, economic and environmental implications of those needs as they pertain to the marine transportation infrastructure on which commercial navigation depends.

Transportation Research Board
National Research Council
TRB aims at stimulating research concerning the nature and performance of transportation systems.

ILLINOIS
Research Programs
Northwestern University Transportation Center
Contributes to the identification, analysis and resolution of transportation problems and issues concerning all modes in all settings--urban, regional, national and international.

Urban Transportation Center
University of Illinois, Chicago
Seeks to improve the quality of life in the Chicago metropolitan area and other urban areas through the creation, dissemination and application of transportation-related knowledge.

MICHIGAN
Transportation Research Institute
University of Michigan
Includes the UMTRI bibliography database, library catalog and works in progress.

MINNESOTA
Center for Transportation Studies
University of Minnesota
Established in 1987, the program addresses critical transportation issues with the participation of political, professional and university leaders.

Minnesota Guidestar
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Guidestar is a partnership between public, private and academic sectors to develop strategies forstatewide, integrated ITS research, testing and deployment.

OHIO
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Ohio Department of Transportation
ITS projects include Early Deployment Planning studies, freeway management systems and Commercial Vehicle Operations tests.

PENNSYLVANIA
Center for Intelligent Transportation Systems
College of Engineering, Penn State University
CITranS serves as Penn State's focal point for advanced technologies research and their application to surface transportation systems.

Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
Penn State University
An interdisciplinary research unit established in 1968, PTI promotes transportation research, education, and service.

WISCONSIN
Center for Urban Transportation Studies
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Includes information on the center's research, professional training, and curricula.

National Cooperative Highway Research (NCHRP) projects
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
WisDOT provides financial support to the NCHRP program and annually ranks proposals for new and continuing projects.

Transportation & Logistics Management Studies
University of Wisconsin-Superior
UW-Superior offers a Transportation and Logistics Management major that teaches marine transportation as part of the core curriculum and also offers electives in marine transportation and port and terminals' operations. The university also has a research center that focuses on intermodal operations, Great Lakes maritime transportation, as well as logistics.

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Statistics
Great Lakes Facts and Figures
Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping
The site provides information on, among other things, cargo records, vessel passages and distance charts.

National Transit Database
Federal Transit Administration
Financial, economic and demographic transit data.

Statistics
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Latest preliminary and final occurrence figures are available for rail, air, marine and pipeline transportation.

TranStats
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
TranStats is a website for transportation researchers and analysts, aimed at providing “one stop shopping” for transportation data.

Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Collects, processes, distributes, and archives vessel trip and cargo data.

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Sustainable Practices
21st Century Vehicles and Transportation
Argonne National Laboratory
Description of programs aimed at introducing energy efficiency in the production and design of transportation vehicles.

Illinois Greenways and Trails
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Programs aiming at facilitating active, self-sustaining greenways and trails in Illinois' major metro areas.

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Wisconsin Department of Tourism
A 25-year plan, the program encompasses such issues as urban planning, intercity freight and passenger transport, environmental evaluation and public involvement.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Transportation
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