Center for Human Factors Research and System Applications
The Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) is a systems-based approach that represents a cooperative effort between the railroad industry management, labor and the FRA to identify system vulnerabilities through employees' confidentially reporting close call events.
The Volpe Center assists NHTSA with planning and risk-reduction for challenging vehicle simulation or test track studies. Advancing the state of the art, we study the detection and mitigation of impaired driving as well as develop metrics for the evaluation of advanced crash warning systems.
Experts at the Volpe Center are studying the human factors issues related to the use of cockpit displays of traffic information (CDTI). The results of our study provide the industry and the FAA with vital safety standards.
In support of the Federal Aviation Administration and in collaboration with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Volpe Center is supporting the safe transition of aviation's current voice communications to NextGen Data Communications.
The Volpe Center takes an active role in assisting the FRA in continuously improving its organizational safety culture through Clear Signal for Action, a program that has helped reduce injuries by 80%, locomotive engineer decertifications by 70%, derailments by 70%, and significantly improved labor-management relations.