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Intermodalism: A 20-Year Perspective

Cargo ship and plane in the background.

November 18, 2014

The concept of intermodalism is as familiar today to transportation professionals as dedicated bike lanes. But 20 years ago, intermodalism wasn’t as common; it was just taking hold as a new concept in the federal transportation community.

Transportation Drives Economic Competitiveness in Megaregions

Map of some emerging megaregions

November 13, 2014

In America our urban centers are trending toward megaregions—collections of large cities, suburbs, exurbs, and the areas between requiring extensive, linked transportation networks. 

Award-Winning Paper Presents Ways to Prevent Intentional Rail Fatalities

Rail crossing

October 23, 2014

Dr. Scott Gabree was recently recognized for delivering the best paper at a rail conference for his presentation about ways to reduce intentional fatalities, or suicides, by trains.

New Speaker Series Examines Transportation Investment as Key Economic Driver

Transportation and the Economy speaker series poster.

October 21, 2014

Volpe's new speaker series, Transportation and the Economy, brings together thought leaders and decision makers to discuss key issues related to transportation and its effects on economic growth. 

Cities Take Steps to Increase Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety

A Volpe staff member stands next to a track with a side guard.

October 20, 2014

A simple yet promising technology has been proven to save the lives of bicyclists and pedestrians on roadways. That’s why cities such as Boston are taking the initiative to require a new piece of equipment on large trucks.

Transportation Hubs Anchor Economic Ecosystems

Concept image depicting multimodal logistics.

October 20, 2014

Dr. Yossi Sheffi, a professor of transportation logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently discussed logistics clusters at the first event in Volpe’s newest speaker series Transportation and the Economy. 

African Nations Gain Vessel-Tracking Skills

A screen shot of a Volpe-developed vessel-tracking system.

September 25, 2014

Volpe hosted nine representatives from Cape Verde, Senegal, and Tanzania this summer to teach them how to install and maintain the Volpe-developed vessel tracking system that can help African nations combat criminal maritime activities

Safety Hazard Analysis Tool Receives Excellence in Technology Transfer Award

Concept image depicting global technology transfer.

September 18, 2014

A free software tool, SafetyHAT was designed to facilitate the hazard analysis of complex systems. The SafetyHAT team was honored for bringing outstanding government-developed technology to the commercial marketplace.

Car Culture and the Suburbs in Mexico City

A Google Maps screenshot of tracts of suburban housing developments near Mexico City.

September 17, 2014

Across Mexico City, car ownership is increasing, but that trend isn't coming from the suburbs. During a recent talk at Volpe, University of Pennsylvania professor Erick Guerra explored the relationship between Mexico City's suburbanization and car culture.

NHTSA Arms Drivers with Easy-to-Find Vehicle Safety Information

View from the dashboard of a man driving a car down a sunny road.

September 16, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently unveiled a new tool that puts vehicle safety information in the hands of American drivers.

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