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Project Details
STATUS

In-Progress

START DATE

08/01/15

END DATE

12/31/17

FOCUS AREAS

Infrastructure

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CP Tech Center, CTRE, MTC
SPONSORS

Midwest Transportation Center
Union Pacific Railroad
USDOT/OST-R

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Vern Schaefer

Interim Director, CEER

Co-Principal Investigator
Chris Williams

Director, AMPP

Co-Principal Investigator
Jeramy Ashlock

Faculty Affiliate

About the research

Gantry crane pavements and foundations represent a significant asset within intermodal facilities. Subjected to high variation in loading and critical to safe operations, traffic interruptions, and costs associated with maintaining and rehabilitating distressed or failed pavements in these areas is of particular importance. The purpose of this study is to improve the performance and increase the lifespan of gantry crane pavements and foundations by assessing the interactions between pavements, subgrades, operational loading conditions, and performance of the gantry crane pavements and foundations.

Three data gathering efforts will be undertaken: a desk study of design, operations, and performance of existing intermodal gantry crane facilities, a field evaluation of existing and new construction, and monitoring of in-place instrumentation at a new facility. The data will be analyzed to develop recommendations to improve performance of existing and newly constructed pavement systems.


Funding Sources:
Midwest Transportation Center
Union Pacific Railroad ($75,000.00)
USDOT/OST-R ($75,000.00)
Total: $150,000.00

Contract Number: DTRT13-G-UTC37

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

01/01/15

END DATE

06/30/18

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE, MTC
SPONSORS

Midwest Transportation Center
Union Pacific Railroad
University of Missouri - Saint Louis
USDOT/OST-R

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Ray Mundy

MTC Lead, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Co-Principal Investigator
Daniel Rust

About the research

A 2014 study from the Conference Board stated that industries with higher concentrations of older workers, specifically the rail and trucking industries, will “be at the highest risk for labor shortages” in the immediate future because so many employees are eligible for retirement. In light of current and looming labor shortages, the number of female field employees in the transportation industry will likely increase as both physical and physiological barriers are identified and addressed.

This research included tracing historical challenges women have faced in becoming railroad operating employees and best practices and demographic industry data. The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis worked closely with two major railroads—one in the United States and another in Canada—to anonymously record employees’ current attitudes regarding women in these traditionally male-dominated operations positions. These railroads agreed to participate in this study in order to help identify sources of potential employment recruitment pools and pinpoint gender-specific barriers in the workplace.

In addition to analyzing trends and challenges of employing women in male-dominated roles, this study considered the economic impact women will make by filling more field positions in transportation, outlined how job vacancies should be marketed to gain the interest of potential female employees, and examined how to implement best practices to promote and foster greater numbers of women in these operational roles.


Funding Sources:
Midwest Transportation Center
Union Pacific Railroad ($25,000.00)
University of Missouri – Saint Louis ($25,000.00)
USDOT/OST-R ($30,000.00)
Total: $80,000.00

Contract Number: DTRT13-G-UTC37

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