Transportation and the Economy
For decades, a steady rise in vehicle miles traveled was closely linked to the rise in the U.S. gross domestic product. That link has weakened since the great recession, but the transportation system still plays a pivotal role in the U.S. economy.
Volpe’s Transportation and the Economy series considered emerging and future issues crucial to moving people and goods to remain competitive in the global economy.
Gregory D. Winfree
Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
U.S. Department of Transportation
A good transportation network can be the difference between a community that thrives and one that fails. At the center of every thriving community is a thriving economy; at the center of every thriving economy is an interconnected transportation network promoting success and connecting supply chains—a transportation network that people and businesses can be confident in. Greg Winfree kicked off Volpe's speaker series, Transportation and the Economy.
Logistics Clusters: Jobs, Growth, and Economic Development
Friday, October 3, 2014
Yossi Sheffi, PhD
Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems
Director, Center for Transportation and Logistics
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
America’s economic confidence is up. As sectors from real estate to construction to the financial industry approach pre-recession employment levels, one set of economic engines has continually been pumped at full steam: logistics clusters. Yossi Sheffi discussed how transportation hubs anchor economic ecosystems.
Read the news story, "Transportation Hubs Anchor Economic Ecosystems."
Transportation Drives Economic Competitiveness in Megaregions
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Catherine L. Ross, PhD
Deputy Director, National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management
Harry West Professor of City and Regional Planning
Director, Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development
Georgia Institute of Technology
From globalization to technological advances, the more complex our world becomes the more interconnected we are in trade, communication, and transportation. In America our urban centers are trending toward megaregions—collections of large cities, suburbs, exurbs. The areas between require extensive and linked transportation networks. Dr. Catherine Ross discussed why megaregions matter.
Read the news story, "Driving Economic Competitiveness in Megaregions."
Intermodalism: A 20-Year Perspective
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Deputy Associate Administrator for Research and Innovation
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
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. Anne Aylward discussed barriers and progress toward intermodalism, and the turning tide of thinking about our transportation system as a whole.
Read the news story, "Intermodalism: A 20-Year Perspective."
Delivering Efficiency with NextGen
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Michael G. Whitaker
Federal Aviation Administration
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—NextGen—that Michael Whitaker, deputy administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), provided. Michael Whitaker discussed how a simple technology can yield big gains.
Read the news story, "The Promise of NextGen."
Are America’s Ports Ready for More Freight?
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
President and CEO
American Association of Port Authorities
The world economy: it’s not getting any smaller. Population growth—expected to swell to 8 billion by 2024—means we’ll see more demand for goods and services, and more international trade. Some of the biggest economic players in the Western Hemisphere are staying ahead of the curve by investing in port infrastructure. Kurt Nagle discussed whether or not America's ports are ready for more freight.
Read the news story, "Are America's Ports Ready for More Freight?"
Connecting a Global Economy through Trade
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Managing Director for Global Operations Policy, UPS
Operating a modern logistics system across geopolitical borders drawn hundreds of years ago can sometimes be like fitting a square peg into a round hole—it’s impossible to cross a single border, sometimes even just between counties in the U.S., without encountering a new set of trade priorities. Rich McArdle discussed ways to connect the global economy through trade and transportation.
Read the news story, "Connecting the Global Economy through Trade and Transportation."
The Global Mobility Future
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Senior Director, Head of Mobility Industries
World Economic Forum, USA
Mobility: it isn’t just for the transportation sector anymore. Shifting demographic trends, changing customer needs, and emerging non-transportation technologies are increasingly shaping how we move. John Moavenzadeh, head of Mobility Industries at the World Economic Forum USA, discussed navigating the mobility transformation.
Read the news story, "The Global Mobility Future."
Move: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, PhD
Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School
Chair and Director, Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative
Big-scope infrastructure projects can provide seamless, multimodal transportation for passengers and freight.
Read the news story, "Building Infrastructure for America’s Transportation Future."
Series Final Report
Yossi Sheffi, PhD, Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, Director, Center for Transportation and Logistics, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
October 3, 2014
Catherine L. Ross, PhD, Deputy Director, National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management, Harry West Professor of City and Regional Planning, director, Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
October 15, 2014
Anne Aylward, Deputy Associate Administrator for Research and Innovation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
October 30, 2014
Michael G. Whitaker, Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
November 18, 2014
Kurt Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port Authorities
December 9, 2014
Rich McArdle, Managing Director for Global Operations Policy, UPS
January 20, 2015
John Moavenzadeh, Senior Director, Head of Mobility Industries World Economic Forum, USA
February 26, 2015
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, PhD, Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School, Chair and Director, Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative
June 9, 2015
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