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Government at the Speed of Silicon Valley

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October 24, 2016

To create major new technologies like self-driving cars, rather than focusing on an end result or product, it’s much more effective to focus on creating prototypes—“very much a Silicon Valley approach,” said J. Christian Gerdes, U.S. DOT’s first chief innovation officer, who...

U.S. DOT’s SBIR 17.1 Solicitation Is Now Open

SBIR: America's Seed Fund, Powered by the Department of Transportation

October 19, 2016

Small businesses are invited to submit research proposals for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research program fiscal year 2017 solicitation. The solicitation will be open through December 21, 2016.

Robin Chase and Anthony Townsend on Automated Vehicles and Urban Mobility

Robin Chase and Anthony Townsend speak on a joint panel at Volpe.

October 18, 2016

Automated vehicles are coming sooner than you might think, according to two leading thinkers in transportation. Volpe recently hosted Robin Chase and Anthony Townsend for a special joint panel on vehicle automation and urban mobility, moderated by Austin Brown of the White House...

Rethinking How Cities Connect Residents to Opportunity

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September 28, 2016

Transportation infrastructure can be a catalyst for change, connecting city residents to opportunity. In fact, transportation may be the most important way we have to address disparities in income and wealth, according to Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, who spoke...

Protecting Endangered Bats, Streamlining Highway Projects

A paved road winds through a beautiful wooded area in the mountains.

September 27, 2016

As pollinators and insect consumers, bats generate $3 billion each year in economic value. However, the population of a key species has declined by nearly half since 2005—due, in large part, to human disturbance. A new federal strategy will help facilitate conservation of these...

Reformulating Cities Using People-Centric Design

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September 23, 2016

Residential density, intersection density, public transport density, and number of parks are physical elements that can have real, positive impacts on a city’s residents, according to Jeff Risom, partner and managing director of Gehl Studio in the U.S. Achieving people-centric...

Volpe Is Recruiting Student Interns for 2017

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September 21, 2016

Volpe is hiring for multiple internship and entry-level positions in a variety of transportation fields and will speak with students at 15 career fairs at campuses throughout Massachusetts this fall. Jobs will be posted on USAJobs in November.

Maritime Professionals from Africa and Asia Improve Maritime Domain Awareness Skills

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August 30, 2016

Volpe recently hosted its third annual training workshop aimed at enhancing and sustaining maritime domain awareness around the world. International participants acquired the skills and knowledge to aid countries in combating illicit maritime activity.

Investigating Wearable Sensors in Transportation Research

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August 26, 2016

Small, efficient, and accurate wearable sensors have opened up new levels of data granularity for transportation researchers. The authors of a recent paper investigated the state of the practice for wearable sensors, and challenges in using them for transportation research.

Nominations Are Open for 2017 FHWA Awards Programs

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August 25, 2016

Every two years, the Federal Highway Administration confers prestigious awards on transportation professionals in the public and private sectors who work hard to make U.S. roads safe and efficient for all drivers. Nomination deadlines are approaching for two of these three awards...


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