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The Promise of NextGen

Air traffic control tpwer with plane in background.

December 9, 2014

The tablet computer has been built. Now it’s time to load a few apps. That’s the analogy for the Next Generation Air Transportation System that Michael Whitaker, deputy administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, gave recently as part of Volpe’s Transportation and the...

What Will Vehicle Use Look Like in 30 Years?

A driver and dashboard are visible on a sunny day.

December 2, 2014

With support from Volpe, the Federal Highway Administration is offering new projections on what our miles traveled by vehicle might look like in 30 years.

Infographic Shows How Technology is Transforming Aviation

Thumbnail, ADS-B infographic

November 20, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration is rolling out the Next Generation Transportation System, NextGen, transforming how air traffic controllers and pilots see our national airspace. A key technology, called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B),  is helping FAA ...

Intermodalism: A 20-Year Perspective

Freight being moved from ship to truck.

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