Our Key Features
Entrepreneurial, Objective, Efficient
Our agile approach and entrepreneurial nature stems from our distinct operating model. We are a federal agency, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation—but 100 percent funded by sponsor projects. Working with us offers our sponsors the accessibility, efficiency, and collaboration of an in-house resource, along with the flexibility, innovation, and responsiveness of a consultant.
As a vital partner and objective advisor across all modes of transportation for more than 50 years, we offer unparalleled perspective and world-class innovation to advance the global transportation mission.
Multimodal, Multidisciplinary Expertise
Our team of experts helps sponsors thrive by applying best practices culled from more than 50 years of solving transportation problems across multiple modes and across multiple disciplines. We apply a teams approach to our work, which gives our sponsors the benefits and efficiency of accessing the right mix of expertise that works for their needs.
Our cross-cutting experience, uniquely centralized within U.S. DOT, enables us to consider new approaches and champion innovative ideas that make our sponsors' processes more efficient, their work more effective, and their solutions more impactful.
Transformative, Forward-Looking Solutions
As a proven innovator and leader in national transportation systems research and applications, we have responded to major transportation challenges of the last 50 years, including the need to modernize air-traffic management systems, address critical multimodal safety issues, develop sophisticated logistics and communications systems for security initiatives overseas, meet energy and environmental challenges, and strengthen global maritime domain awareness.
This experience and perspective uniquely position our team to be able to look back at what has worked, look across modes at what is happening, and look ahead at what is next. Our team of experts is always a step ahead.
A Dynamic, World-Class Resource
Our approach enables our sponsors to harness the collective power of hundreds of experts with a wide range of backgrounds across a wide range of disciplines—with one unified mission: advancing transportation innovation for the public good.
We are powered by transportation thought leaders, driven by tough challenges, dedicated to making a better transportation system, and committed to the public good.
Our innovative approach gives sponsors flexible access to world-class transportation experts. As dedicated public servants, our team of experts has devoted their careers to advancing a better, safer, and more efficient transportation system.
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Find out how the U.S. DOT Volpe Center can help you innovate today and tackle tomorrow’s transportation challenges.