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About Us

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) established the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) in 1970 to serve as a federal resource positioned to provide world-renowned, multidisciplinary, multimodal transportation expertise on behalf of U.S. DOT’s operating administrations, the Office of the Secretary, and other federal agencies, state and local governments, academia, and industry.

Our extensive cross-modal partnerships have led to innovative solutions that advance national and global transportation systems.

For more than 50 years, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center has been advancing transportation innovation for the public good. Learn about our 50th anniversary, and get to know our work.

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance transportation innovation for the public good.

We work to anticipate emerging transportation issues and objectively address the nation’s most pressing and complex transportation challenges, particularly those that can be solved with an intermodal, systems perspective. Our solutions prioritize safety, innovation, and infrastructure.

Our Team

Through a vibrant culture of thought leadership and meaningful engagement in professional and technical organizations, our team of experts anticipates and addresses challenges, collaborates to drive innovation, and develops solutions that advance the national and global transportation systems.

Our Values

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Public Service

As a federal agency, we serve the public honestly and objectively.



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Innovative Solutions

We continually anticipate and respond to global transportation challenges and emerging issues.



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Collaboration and Partnering

We foster internal and external collaboration, equity, and partnerships through teamwork and mutual respect.



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Professional Excellence

We strive to deliver outstanding products and services that exceed sponsor expectations.



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Employee Well-Being

We support the personal and professional well-being and growth of our staff.



Work with Us

Find out how the U.S. DOT Volpe Center can help you innovate today and tackle tomorrow’s transportation challenges.

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Last updated: Tuesday, June 15, 2021