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Location, Location, Location

Memphis is uniquely placed along the Mississippi River in the center of the nation. From its earliest history, the city has long been known as a hub for transportation.

From the early days of travel along the river to the railroads, FedEx headquarters, and on to the modern day aerotropolis planning, the city has always been at the forefront in transportation innovation.

Collaborative Movement

The University of Memphis plays an important role in advancing these innovations through collaborative research, policy initiatives, and the provision of many community resources.

Centers such as the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) have brought together public, private, and academic sectors to identify and address critical issues impacting movement across the mid-south and the nation.

These efforts advance research and education on a wide range of topics related to transportation infrastructure, technology innovations, natural and man-made hazards, business practices, and policy and regulatory matters that impact Shelby County and the entire Mid-South region.


"It really matters whether people are working on generating clean energy or improving transportation or making the Internet work better and all those things. And small groups of people can have a really huge impact." - Larry Page

Partnership Spotlight


Preparing for the Unthinkable 
The University of Memphis facilitates communication between rail lines and railroad spill first responders.


Tracking the Blare
Students research the noise levels generated by the horns of passing trains.


Transportation Resources

Memphis, a city built around the railroad, moves freight across North America via train within less than 48 hours. Map the railroad routes.

Map the Railroads

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