About the Institute







Strategic Plan



Center for Intermodal Freight Transportation Studies

University of Memphis

302 Engineering Administration

3815 Central Ave Memphis, TN 38152

Tel: 901-678-3940

Fax: 901-678-3026

CIFTS is a Tier II University Transportation Center (UTC) funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The program is administered by Research and Innovative Technologies Administration (RITA) within the USDOT.

August 2005 : SOFETEA-LU lgeislation passed creating CIFTS at the University of Memphis

March 2007 : Strategic Plan Approved by RITA

November 2007 : First meeting of CIFTS Executive Committee

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Welcome to the Center for Intermodal Freight Transportation Studies

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10-06-08 Canadian National check presentation & Global Insight presentation

The check was presented to the University of Memphis at the 2nd Annual Intermodal Conference.

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Click here to download the presentation slides presented by Joseph Waldo from Global Insight.

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Registration for the 2nd Annual Intermodal Conference

The 2nd Annual Intermodal Conference will be held in the Fedex Institute of Technology at The University of Memphis on September 29th of 2008. This conference will begin at 8 A.M. until 1 P.M. The topic for the conference is "Disaster Recovery in Freight Transportation - Moving Beyond First Response"

***Registration for the conference is closed***

For last minute registration, please meet us in the conference before 7:30 AM on Monday, September 29th, 2008. See you in the conference.

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Job Posting

The center is looking for candidates for the position of Director, Center For Advance Intermodal Technologies. To learn more about the position, please click here



Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Intermodal Freight Transportation Studies (CIFTS) is to address critical issues affecting the planning, design and operation of the nation’s intermodal freight transportation system. The center will have an emphasis on the intermodal issues and opportunities that have special significance for Memphis, the State of Tennessee, the lower Mississippi Delta region, and the national and international corridors that cross and intersect in the southeastern U.S.. 


What CIFTS does...

CIFTS will pursue work in five primary areas:  1) Information Technology (data mining/analysis and software systems development); 2) Network Evaluation (supply chain/network optimization and congestion); 3) Risk Management (safety, security, environmental), 4) Infrastructure Analyses (design and network); and 5) Impact Analyses.  Within these areas, emphasis will be placed on projects that address issues related to international freight, natural and man-made hazards, and dangerous cargo.   The Center is grounded in the belief that an all-encompassing approach that includes infrastructure, technology and policy considerations is necessary to effectively advance the transportation network that supports our nation’s economy.