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The U.S. DOT Volpe Center's 2018 Reports

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The U.S. DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center published nearly 60 reports and conference papers in 2018 spanning a breadth of transportation topics that advance U.S. DOT’s priorities: safety, infrastructure, innovation, and accountability.

These reports are housed in the National Transportation Library and are listed below by topic areas. Select the linked report titles to preview and download copies of the Volpe Center’s 2018 transportation resources.

You can also access the Volpe Center’s full collection of reports, journal articles, and conference presentations and papers through the Volpe Technical Resource Center.

Safety
A picture of a work zone next to a road.
Volpe staff produced a tool that can detect and map various features of work zones with over 90 percent accuracy. (123RF/Charles Wollertz photo).

An Acquisition Approach to Adopting Human Systems Integration in the Railroad Industry
Gina Melnik, Emilie Roth, Jordan Multer, Hadar Safar, Matthew Isaacs

Benefits Estimation Model for Automated Vehicle Operations: Phase 2 Final Report
Scott Smith, Jonathan Koopmann, Hannah Rakoff, Sean Peirce, George Noel, Andrew Eilbert, Mikio Yanagisawa

Blunt Impact Testing of a Diesel Multiple Unit Fuel Tank
Travis Gorhum, Michael Carolan, Przemyslaw Rakoczy, Karina Jacobsen, Shaun Eshraghi, Melissa Shurland

Characteristics of Trespassing Incidents in the United States (2012-2014)
Stephanie Chase, Danielle Hiltunen, Scott Gabree

Estimating Traffic Crash Counts Using Crowdsourced Data: Pilot Analysis of 2017 Waze Data and Police Accident Reports in Maryland
Dan Flynn, Michelle Gilmore, Erica Sudderth

FMCSA Safety Program Effectiveness Measurement: Carrier Intervention Effectiveness Model (CIEM), Version 1.1 Report for Fiscal Year 2014 Interventions
Eran Segev, Neil Meltzer

Functional Safety Assessment of a Generic Accelerator Control System with Electronic Throttle Control in Diesel-Fueled Vehicles
Qi Van Eikema Hommes, Christopher Becker, Wassim Najm

Functional Safety Assessment of a Generic Accelerator Control System with Electronic Throttle Control in Gasoline-Fueled Vehicles
Qi Van Eikema Hommes, Christopher Becker

Functional Safety Assessment of a Generic Automated Lane Centering System and Related Foundational Vehicle Systems
John Brewer, Christopher Becker, John Pollard, Larry Yount

Functional Safety Assessment of a Generic, Conventional, Hydraulic Braking System with Antilock Brakes, Traction Control, and Electronic Stability Control
Christopher Becker, David Arthur, John Brewer

Functional Safety Assessment of a Generic Electric Power Steering System with Active Steering and Four-Wheel Steering Features
Christopher Becker, Ahmad Nasser, Fouad Attioui, David Arthur, Andy Moy, John Brewer

Functional Safety Assessment of a Generic Steer-by-Wire Steering System with Active Steering and Four-Wheel Steering Features
Becker, Christopher, John Brewer, David Arthur, Fouad Attioui, Larry Yount

Functional Safety Assessment of an Automated Lane Centering System
Christopher Becker, Larry Yount, Shane Rozen-Levy, John Brewer

Locomotive Crash Energy Management Coupling Tests
Patricia Llana, Karina Jacobsen

Monitoring Risk Associated with Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System: Models for Analysis of Mandatory Occurrence Reports Involving UAS-Manned Aircraft Encounters
Kim Cardosi, Jason Lu, Megan France, Tracy Lennertz, Aaron Hoffman, Thomas Sheridan

Pilots’ Estimation of Altitude of a Small Unmanned Aircraft System
Tracy Lennertz, Andrea Sparko, Kim Cardosi, Jason Lu, Alan Yost, Andrew Kendra, Thomas Sheridan

Rail Base Corrosion and Cracking Prevention: Phase 2
George Ritter, Cameron Stuart, Yim Tang

Railroad Right-of-Way Vehicle Incursion Prevention Research
Francesco Bedini, Marco DaSilva

Railroaders’ Guide to Healthy Sleep: A Research-Based Educational Website
Rachel Grice, Heidi Howarth

Review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for Automated Commercial Vehicles: Preliminary Assessment of Interpretation and Enforcement Challenges, Questions, and Gaps
David Perlman, Dan Bogard, Alex Epstein, Antonio Santalucia, Anita Kim

Railroad Rails Containing Electrode-Induced Pitting from Pressure Electric Welding
Blain Luck, Gregory Vigilante, Christopher Ethier, Edward Troiano, Brian Marquis, Hailing Yu, David Jeong

Short Line Safety Institute: Status of Safety Culture in the Industry
Starr Kidda, Kimberly Davies-Schrils

Validation of Puncture Simulations of Railroad Tank Cars Using Full-Scale Impact Test Data
Michael Carolan, Benjamin Perlman, Francisco Gonzales

Infrastructure
A photo of a building being constructed
Construction of a new locomotive maintenance shop at Amtrak's King Street Yard in Seattle, Washington. (Volpe photo) 

Angeles National Forest Transit Corridor Analysis
Alexandra Markiewicz, James Andrew

Bureau of Land Management Transportation Brochure
U.S. DOT Volpe Center

Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System Evaluation
David Epstein, Jonathan Badgley, Chris Calley

National Park Service Active Transportation Guidebook
Jessica Baas, Alexandra McNally, Amy Plovnick, David Daddio, Amalia Holob, Krista Sherwood, Laurie Miskimins

NPS National Transit Inventory and Performance Report, 2017
Jessica Baas, David Daddio, Alexandra McNally, Angela Berthaume, Andrew Eilbert, Russell Glynn, Danielle Kittredge, Russell Pildes

Primer for Improved Urban Freight Mobility and Delivery: Operations, Logistics, and Technology Strategies
U.S. DOT Volpe Center

Rail Base Corrosion and Cracking Prevention: Phase 2
George Ritter, Cameron Stuart, Yim Tang

Railroad Rails Containing Electrode-Induced Pitting from Pressure Electric Welding
Blain Luck, Gregory Vigilante, Christopher Ethier, Edward Troiano, Brian Marquis, Hailing Yu, Jeong, David

Railroad Right-of-Way Vehicle Incursion Prevention Research
Francesco Bedini, Marco daSilva

Transit Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment Manual
Antoinette Quagliata, Meghan Ahearn, Eric Boeker, Christopher Roof, Lance Meister, Herbert Singleton

Transportation Asset Mapping & Data Compilation
Heather Richardson, Danielle Kittredge, Alyssa Ryan, Robert Hallett, Sara Secunda

Understanding the Splitting and Bursting Failure of Concrete Crossties
Cameron Stuart, Hailing Yu

Innovation
A photo of an automated shuttle
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center examined low-speed automated shuttles in a recent state-of-the-practice report. (Volpe photo) 

Back-Casting Breakthrough Research in the Transportation Sector
Elizabeth Machek, Nate Deshmukh Towery, Stephen Zoepf, Andrew Berthaume, Rosalie Ray, Stephen Costa, Sean Peirce, Patrick Zickler, Patrice Pettinato

Benefits Estimation Model for Automated Vehicle Operations: Phase 2 Final Report
Scott Smith, Jonathan Koopmann, Hannah Rakoff, Sean Peirce, George Noel, Andrew Eilbert, Mikio Yanagisawa

Developing and Executing Your Technology Transfer Plan: A 10-Point Checklist
Alexander Epstein, Santiago Navarro

DOE/DHS/DOT Volpe Technical Meeting on Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Cybersecurity Report
Kevin Harnett, Brendan Harris, Daniel Chin, Graham Watson

FHWA White Paper on Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
Michael Green, Anthony Thomas, Alan Chachich, Walton Fehr, Nate Deshmukh Towery

Low-Speed Automated Shuttles: State of the Practice
Joshua Cregger, Margo Dawes, Stephanie Fischer, Caroline Lowenthal, Elizabeth Machek, David Perlman

Monitoring Risk Associated with Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System: Models for Analysis of Mandatory Occurrence Reports Involving UAS-Manned Aircraft Encounters
Kim Cardosi, Jason Lu, Megan France, Tracy Lennertz, Aaron Hoffman, Thomas Sheridan

Pilots’ Estimation of Altitude of a Small Unmanned Aircraft System
Tracy Lennertz, Andrea Sparko, Kim Cardosi, Jason Lu, Alan Yost, Andrew Kendra, Thomas Sheridan

Quantitative Model to Support Automated Approval Processes of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations
Jason Lu

Strategic Transit Automation Research Plan
Elizabeth Machek, Eric Burkman, Travis Crayton, Joshua Cregger, Danyell Diggs, Stephanie Fischer, Steve Mortensen, Sean Peirce, Heather Richardson, Anthony Thomas, Gow-Wei Torng, Vincent Valdes

The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System: A U.S. DOT Volpe Center Thought Leadership Series: Final Report
Clark Merrefield

Transit Bus Automation Project: Transferability of Automation Technologies Final Report
Ahmed Nasser, John Brewer, Wassim Najm, Joshua Cregger

U.S. Department of Transportation Public Listening Summit on Automated Vehicle Policy Summary Report
U.S. Volpe Center

Volpe Center Annual Accomplishments: Advancing Transportation Innovation for the Public Good – January 2018
Nathan Grace, Philip Thornton, Jacqueline Johnson, Katherine Blythe, Cassandra Oxley, Clark Merrefield, Ingrid Bartinique, Laurie Hussey, Dan Moran, Ruth Zhang, Lili Johnson-Moffet, Audrey Resutek

What Blockchains Could Mean for Government and Transportation Operations
Clark Merrefield

Accountability
A photo of a bridge under construction
Volpe staff evaluated programs aimed at managing risk in rapid renewal projects. (123RF photo)

Angeles National Forest Transit Corridor Analysis
Alexandra Markiewicz, James Andrew

Community Connections for I-10: A TPCB Peer Exchange Event
Jared Fijalkowski

Defining and Monitoring the Transportation Trail System: Northeast Region, National Park Service
Andrew Breck, Angela Berthaume, Ian Kolesinskas

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Adaptive Signal Control
Sari Radin, Lora Chajka-Cadin, Emily Futcher, Jonathan Badgley, Jacob Mittleman

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation
Gregory Bucci, Chris Calley, Michael Green

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Eco-Logical
Gina Solman, Jessica Baas, Heather Hannon

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Managing Risk in Rapid Renewal Projects
Alison Bisch, Joseph Luna

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Precast Concrete Pavement
Gregory Bucci, Matthew Keen, Kaitlin Coppinger, Joseph Condon

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Public-Private Partnership Capacity Building Program
Lora Chajka-Cadin, Chris Calley

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Roundabout Research Final Report
Jonathan Badgley, Joseph Condon, Lydia Rainville, Daniel Li

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: SHRP2 Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Program
Nathan Einstein, Joseph Luna

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation Program Summary Report Fiscal Year 2016
Lee Biernbaum, Alison Bisch, Gregory Bucci, Christopher Calley, Lora Chajka-Cadin, Sharon Chan-Edmiston, Gina Filosa, Joseph Luna, Alexandra Oster, Margaret Petrella, Carson Poe, Sean Puckett, Sari Radin, Lydia Rainville, Gina Solman

FMCSA Safety Program Effectiveness Measurement: Carrier Intervention Effectiveness Model (CIEM), Version 1.1 Report for Fiscal Year 2014 Interventions
Eran Segev, Neil Meltzer

Integrating Shared Mobility into Multimodal Transportation Planning: Improving Regional Performance to Meet Public Goals
Kevin McCoy, James Andrew, Russell Glynn, William Lyons

NPS National Transit Inventory and Performance Report, 2017
Jessica Baas, David Daddio, Alexandra McNally, Angela Berthaume, Andrew Eilbert, Russell Glynn, Danielle Kittredge, Russell Pildes

Sound Exposure Level Duration Adjustments in UAS Rotorcraft Noise Certification Tests
David Senzig, Mehmet Marsan, Christopher Cutler, David Read

Transportation Asset Mapping & Data Compilation
Heather Richardson, Danielle Kittredge, Alyssa Ryan, Robert Hallett, Sara Secunda

Transportation Management Area Planning Certification Review Primer: Revised January 18, 2018
Christopher Timmel, William Lyons, Kevin McCoy, Caitlin Connelly

TravelWorks Integrated Models: Final Report
Scott Smith, Amy Fong, Ci Yang, Brian Gardner

Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2019