The Volpe Center-managed FHWA Research and Technology (R&T) Evaluation Program provides insight into how research goes from paper to roadway—from early research stages, to implementation, to measuring outcomes. By the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017, Volpe completed 12 evaluations. Five cross-cutting recommendations have emerged that can encourage research coordination and improve roadway safety and efficiency.
The world of intelligent transportation systems is complex. There are mobile apps that riders use to pay for transit, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication networks that have the potential to save thousands of lives, and data analytics that help transportation professionals make more effective decisions. The U.S. DOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Professional Capacity Building (ITS PCB) Program provides flexible, accessible ITS learning for the transportation workforce through training, technical assistance, and educational resources.
Volpe has delivered critical assistance to the U.S. Air Force in a series of upgrades to air traffic control facilities and landing systems at military air bases across the U.S. and throughout the world. These systems improve voice communications and merge multiple radar inputs while tracking and displaying weather conditions to the air traffic controller.