Twin Ports

Photo: Daniel L. Rust

Located in Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota, the Twin Ports chapter of the Transportation Research Forum aims to foster academic research in transportation as well as connect practitioners with students and faculty. 


The Twin Ports is an international port of entry with significant business clusters in mining, manufacturing, tourism, wood products, education, medical care and transportation.  All five transportation modes operate in the region.  The Twin Ports is the largest Great Lakes port by tonnage, welcoming over 800 domestic and international vessels annually.  A shortline and four Class 1 railroads, plus a rail-truck intermodal terminal, serve the region.  The Twin Ports has a significant energy cluster, moving via pipeline natural gas and 17 percent of all oil imported into the U.S.  Besides an international airport with commercial passenger service, the Twin Ports is home to Cirrus Aircraft—the world’s largest producer of piston-engine general aviation airplanes.  The Twin Ports also features the headquarters of four regional trucking companies. 

Twin Ports Chapter Board Members

Daniel Rust, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Richard Stewart, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Mei Cao, University of Wisconsin-Superior