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Volpe’s Innovations from the 2016 Joint Rail Conference

An image of a rail curving into the horizon with cloudy blue sky.

August 22, 2016

From eliminating broken rails and combating punctured tank cars, to making stronger interfaces between rail ties and ballast, Volpe engineers support the Federal Railroad Administration in making passenger and freight rail travel safer.

Publication Highlights 15 Years of Successful Environmental Stewardship Practices

The banner image for the Successes in Stewardship newsletter, showing a bridge, mountain, city, and wind turbine on green grass.

August 16, 2016

Successes in Stewardship marks 15 years of documenting successful practices in protecting water quality, wetlands, wildlife, historical sites, cultural areas, and parks while accelerating the completion of transportation projects nationwide. Read the August 2016 anniversary issue...

Anne Aylward is Volpe’s New Director and the First Woman to Hold the Position

Anne Aylward

July 28, 2016

Anne Aylward, a proven senior leader and results-driven executive with more than 30 years in the transportation field, has been selected as Volpe’s new director. She is the organization’s seventh permanent director, and the first woman to hold the position.

DOTWASH Tackles Invasive Species Catching a Ride on Construction Vehicles

Examples of seeds planted on a truck and process through the DOTWASH system.

July 27, 2016

Invasive species and noxious weeds can destroy entire ecosystems, stemming from something as seemingly innocuous as a seed latching to the bottom of a dump truck. Through the SBIR Program, S-K Environmental developed a novel solution for construction sites that has a 97 percent...

Enhanced FMCSA Site Means Better Motor Carrier Data

Semi truck driving on a highway.

July 26, 2016

Accurate, complete, and timely crash and inspection data from states lets FMCSA better identify motor carriers that could pose a risk to the traveling public. A newly revamped website is helping improve that data.

Awareness Day Brings Transportation Safety Message to Kendall Square

Greg Winfree stands next to a Cambridge Department of Public Works truck that is outfitted with side guards.

July 25, 2016

Volpe recently opened its campus for an event that showcased the intersection between transportation, safety, health, and human behavior. Tours and demonstrations highlighted vehicle simulators, the B.A.T. Mobile, concussion goggles, a Jaws of Life rescue, and more.

Autonomy and Shared Mobility in the Urban Environment

Dr. Emilio Frazzoli speaking at Volpe’s Future of Transportation series

July 20, 2016

Vehicle automation is paving the way for major societal changes in how we move people and goods in urban areas, according to Dr. Emilio Frazzoli, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and co-founder of self-driving car company nuTonomy. Through nuTonomy, Frazzoli is...

Secretary Foxx Looks Toward the Future of Transportation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks at Volpe.

June 30, 2016

Transportation connects people—and connections provide economic opportunity. That’s the message that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx brought during his June 27 keynote address kicking off Volpe’s new speaker series, The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity,...

Volpe’s Beyond Traffic Speaker Series Final Report

The cover of "Beyond Traffic 2045 Reimagining Transportation: Technology, Disruptive Innovation, and the Future of Transportatio

June 28, 2016

Beyond Traffic 2045: Reimagining Transportation brought together nine top thinkers in business, technology, and transportation to discuss their visions for a safe and efficient transportation future. The series final report is now live, with summary articles and links to...

From Farm to Flight: Evaluating Canola-Based Jet Fuels

A plane flying over a canola field.

May 31, 2016

A Volpe-developed tool is helping researchers perform full chain life-cycle assessments of alternative fuels, including canola-based jet fuels, and examine a range of energy scenarios across the transportation network.

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