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Melding Multimodal Planning and Urban Economic Development

Planners stand over a small-scale model of a city.

February 26, 2015

A report from the Federal Highway Administration written by Volpe highlights several metropolitan planning organizations that successfully consider economic development and multimodal transportation planning in tandem.

Connecting the Global Economy through Trade and Transportation

Concept image of a globe depicting a global network, with connecting lines between nations.

February 10, 2015

Operating a modern logistics system across geopolitical borders drawn hundreds of years ago can sometimes be like fitting a square peg into a round hole—it’s impossible to cross a single border, sometimes even just between counties in the U.S., without encountering a new set of...

Effort to Reduce Aviation Accidents Receives International Award

Photo of two pilots in the cockpit of an airplane.

February 9, 2015

As part of an award-winning international committee, human factors experts Drs. Judith Bürki-Cohen and Janeen Kochan have developed an approach to pilot training to reduce the number of flight accidents caused by loss of control. 

Are America’s Ports Ready for More Freight?

Container ship filled with cargo in a seaport.

February 5, 2015

Population growth is expected to swell to 8 billion by 2024, which means we’ll see more demand for goods and services, and more international trade. Some of the biggest economic players in the Western Hemisphere are staying ahead of the curve by investing in port infrastructure.

Side Guards Save Lives: A Success Story

A video still of Alex Epstein in front of a truck with side guards.

January 26, 2015

In this video, Volpe engineer Alex Epstein discusses how the implementation of side guards is gaining momentum as a safety feature on large trucks.

Drowsy Driving: What the Experts Are Saying

Woman driving a car yawing.

January 22, 2015

Dr. Stephen Popkin recently participated as an invited panelist at a National Transportation Safety Board forum where experts discussed the problem of drowsy driving and various countermeasures to address drowsy driving crashes.

Rail Structure, Cybersecurity, Driver Distraction Among Highlighted TRB Topics

TRB attendees visit Volpe's booth.

January 20, 2015

Volpe experts presided over 22 sessions and presented research results at 18 sessions at the Transportation Research Board’s 94th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., held January 11-15.

Volpe's 2014 Reports Available for Download

Volpe 2014 reports

January 20, 2015

Volpe published 77 reports and conference papers in 2014 spanning a myriad of transportation research topics. View the topic areas and download free copies of Volpe’s transportation resources.

Five Teams, Six Judges, Seven Minutes: Volpe’s Third Innovation Challenge

Innovation Challenge winning team members.

January 8, 2015

Five teams competing for seed funding waited anxiously to take the stage. Six DOT executives took their seats as judges of Volpe’s third Innovation Challenge. The teams each gave seven-minute presentations describing the problems they proposed to solve, the solutions they wished...

U.S. DOT SBIR Solicitation Now Open

Vehicles will circles around them indicating they are equipped with connected vehicle technologies.

January 6, 2015

Small businesses are invited to submit research proposals for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research program solicitation.