Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, January 30, 2015

Alum publishes award-winning article

Alex Marach holds the Best Paper Award and stands with Barb Ivanov, Wisconsin Department of Transportation; Ernie Perry, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education; Ed Strocko, Federal Highway Administration; Teresa Adams (CFIRE); and Bruce Wang, Texas Transportation Institute. Alex Marach holds the Best Paper Award and stands with Barb Ivanov, Wisconsin Department of Transportation; Ernie Perry, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education; Ed Strocko, Federal Highway Administration; Teresa Adams (CFIRE); and Bruce Wang, Texas Transportation Institute.

An award-winning article by 2012 alum Alex Marach has been published in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Marach wrote the article, "Critical Rural Freight Corridors Designation: Implications of Truck Percentage Calculation," with Teresa M. Adams, and Ernest B. Perry while working for the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education. The study analyzes and evaluates three methods for identifying and designating roadways for inclusion in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Critical Rural Freight Corridors program.

They won a Best Paper Award in recognition of an outstanding paper in the area of freight modeling at the 2014 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. This award is presented by the Transportation Research Board Freight Planning and Logistics Committee and co-sponsored by the Urban Freight Transportation Committee and the Network Modeling Committee.

Marach and his co-authors proposed mileage-based, segment-based, and weighted average approaches to determine whether a transportation corridor meets one of the critical rural freight corridors criteria: a rural principal arterial that has a minimum 25 percent of truck traffic. The three approaches are explained, assessed, and mapped for the reader to compare the resulting networks. The paper then uses policy analysis techniques to assess the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

In May 2014, Marach joined CPCS Transcom as a consultant analyst. He specializes in transport policy, economics and related research. He has contributed work on projects related to the Great Lakes, oversize and overweight trucking policy in the United States and Canada, and emergency management of transportation incidents.