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U.S. DOT Accepting Proposals for SBIR Solicitation

Light trails through a viaduct at night.

July 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is now accepting proposals for the second SBIR solicitation of fiscal year 2014. The solicitation opened on July 14 and will close on September 15, 2014. 

Clickety-Clack: A Study on Joint Bar Integrity

Close up image of a rail joint.

July 10, 2014

The familiar clickety-clack of a train rolling along a railroad is caused by train wheels passing over rail joints, which are used to hold sections of rail together. The joints are needed in locations where full welded rail is not possible. Rarely do these joints fail and cause a...

Insights into Nation’s Freight System Could Shape New Surface Transportation Legislation

A freight truck pulls away from a container facility.

July 8, 2014

The National Freight Advisory Committee is working to make the nation’s freight network safer and more efficient.

New Report Offers Framework for Integrating Health and Transportation

A bicyclist travels along a dedicated bike lane on a paved road in California.

June 30, 2014

A new report geared toward state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) provides a framework for DOTs to integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning and decision making.

Volpe Helps MassDOT Lead the Way in Carbon Neutrality

Nantucket Airport.

June 27, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick provided the keynote speech at an event at Nantucket Airport on June 27 to celebrate MassDOT and Volpe’s efforts to develop the first-ever carbon-neutral airport.

Small Business Innovation Research Awards Announced

An elevated bridge on pillars.

June 26, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research program, administered by Volpe, recently released its full list of round-one 2014 proposals that will receive funding.

Maritime Tracking Tool Helps African Countries Combat Illegal Fishing

Image of a blue map of Africa with a compass resting on the map.

June 23, 2014

By using a Volpe maritime tool called SeaVision, the U.S. Navy helped Senegalese officials track a suspicious ship’s movement and found that it was a repeat offender of illegal fishing. Senegal received $1.2 million in fines from the ship’s owner.

FAA Releases New Generation of Safety Software

Airplane engineer with checklist.

June 19, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration has an army of more than 6,000 inspectors and safety professionals who evaluate facilities and equipment, assess air carrier operations, and make sure that air crews are certified and trained. For more than three decades, FAA has used...

MIT Humphrey Fellows Share Knowledge on Argentine Rail, Chilean Biking

A bicyclist admires a mountainous landscape on the outskirts of Pucón, Chile.

June 17, 2014

Two Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows gave presentations at Volpe about some of the challenges for the Argentine railway system and how Chilean transportation planners can encourage bicycle use.

Engineer's Passion for Pedestrian and Bike Safety Leads to Partnership with NYC

Alex Epstein stands in front of a Boston public works vehicle with side guards.

May 27, 2014

Last year, the City of Boston announced plans to add side guards to 19 large public works vehicles. Now, New York City has asked Volpe to help it study and develop pilot initiatives on side guards for the largest-in-the-nation municipal truck fleet.