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Using Data to Assess the Feasibility of a New Road in Monrovia

A satellite image of Liberia's Freeport of Monrovia and the proposed bypass.

February 8, 2016

The U.S. foreign aid agency Millennium Challenge Corporation contracted with Volpe to help assess the feasibility of an alternate route to points north in Liberia's largest port and other transportation options.

Pilot Program Yields Significant Rail Safety Improvements, Evaluation Shows

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February 5, 2016

The March 2016 edition of Safety Science highlights the results of Volpe’s independent evaluation of a two-year pilot initiative sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration.

11 Emerging Technologies That Could Have Major Impacts on Transportation

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January 25, 2016

​A recent report by Volpe experts identifies emerging technologies and innovative applications that may have significant impacts on our transportation systems within three to five years.

What Volpe Talked About at TRB 2016

A Volpe staff member gestures to a large poster that was on display during the TRB 95th Annual Meeting.

January 22, 2016

Volpe staff were among the 5,000 presentations and nearly 800 sessions and workshops covering all transportation modes at the Transportation Research Board’s 95th Annual Meeting recently held in Washington, D.C.

Volpe's 2015 Reports

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January 19, 2016

Volpe published 68 reports and conference papers in 2015 spanning a myriad of transportation research topics. View the 2015 research topic areas and download copies of Volpe’s transportation resources.

New Pavement System...Supported by Solar Panels?

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January 19, 2016

One of the ways the U.S. Department of Transportation serves the American public is by working with small businesses to find new ways to improve our nation’s roadways. In 2009, the Small Business Innovation Research program solicited research on a topic sponsored by the Federal...

Volpe Looks Forward…and Toward Its Next Director

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January 10, 2016

In 2016, Volpe will take action on six emerging issues: advanced automation and emerging technologies; breakthroughs in safety; data analytics, visualization, and real-time decision making; transportation energy and sustainability; transportation system resiliency; and on-demand...

Realizing Self-Driving Vehicles

An image of a Google self-driving vehicle prototype.

January 7, 2016

Eventually, self-driving vehicles will reshape the way we live in, and move through, our communities and cities. In his talk at Volpe, Director of Google's Self-Driving Car Program Chris Urmson shared stories and lessons, along with Google’s vision for how these vehicles will...

Inside TRB’s New Policy Research on the Transportation Sharing Economy

The Transportation Research Board's policy paper titled "Between Public and Private Mobility."

January 7, 2016

TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen discussed a new study that addresses a number of policy issues associated with technology-enabled transportation services, such as car-sharing and bike-sharing microtransit services, and transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

Re-Programming Mobility 2030: Scenarios of Digital Transformation in Metropolitan America

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January 6, 2016

Anthony Townsend, senior research scientist at New York University’s Rudin Center, discussed the signals of our increasingly programmable world and examined mobility in an age of programmability, indentifying four broad scenarios for America’s transportation future.

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