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The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 50th Anniversary—Join Us in Celebrating Our History and Future

Friday, January 10, 2020

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is proud to announce that the year 2020 marks the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 50th year advancing transportation innovation for the public good.

U.S. DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Diana Furchtgott-Roth places a high value on the agency, saying, “Volpe does unparalleled research. All of us at the Department of Transportation are fortunate to be able to have such a large pool of talent just a phone call away.”

To commemorate this occasion, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center unveiled new resources celebrating its five-decade journey addressing the nation’s most pressing transportation challenges.

  • Five Decades Publication – a special 50th anniversary retrospective that showcases the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s most innovative work from the past five decades and describes how the U.S. DOT Volpe Center, in collaboration with its sponsors, has changed the world of transportation;
  • The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 50-Year Timeline – a visual walk-through of events, project milestones, and points in time that shows the evolution of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s work since its establishment in 1970;
  • Annual Accomplishments Report – a new publication that highlights some of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s best work from the past year, notes areas of historical significance, and underscores its partnerships with U.S. DOT, DOD, NASA, Department of Interior, DHS, and others;
  • And a special video that brings the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 50-year history to life and spotlights our greatest asset: our top-notch, multidisciplinary, multimodal, and proactive workforce who tackles tough challenges and informs decision making across the transportation enterprise.

In addition, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center will showcase a special 50th anniversary exhibit at the 99th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting January 12-14, 2020, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., at Booth 735.

“Our 50th anniversary is an opportunity to look back on the impact of our accomplishments—and look forward to a bright future,” said U.S. DOT Volpe Center Director Anne D. Aylward. “We want to thank our U.S. DOT partners and other dedicated colleagues who have been part of this amazing journey, and we look forward to celebrating with you over the next 50 years and beyond.”

As a leader in transportation systems, analysis, and innovation, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center continuously seeks synergy across projects and works to transfer best practices and technologies throughout the transportation enterprise. Since its founding in 1970, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center has regularly convened government, private sector, and academic leaders on emerging and future transportation challenges.

View the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 50th anniversary collection to learn more about the transportation innovations developed together with its partners.