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Read the latest news and press releases from the U.S. DOT Volpe Center below. For news associated with previous administrations, please visit our News Archive.

Follow Your Passion and Push the Boundaries: Perspectives from Volpe’s 50th Anniversary Federal Women’s Program Alumnae Panel

Alumni panelist Mary Stearns with a Volpe Center colleague in the 1970s.
October 26, 2023
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center recently held a 50th anniversary alumnae panel event that featured four pioneering experts who have left their marks on the national and global transportation system.

Recap: Accelerating Project Delivery through Innovative Procurement, Partnerships, and Financing Methods: Part 1

Images of event speakers Adie Tomer, Maria Lehman, Morteza Farajian
October 23, 2023
Dr. Morteza Farajian, U.S. DOT Build America Bureau Executive Director; Maria C. Lehman, PE, ENV SP, F.ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers President; and Adie Tomer, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution discussed innovative procurement, partnerships, and financing methods to accelerate project delivery. Read the recap.

Recap: Using NEPA to Define and Shape Better Projects

Images of event speakers Nancy Daubenberger, Kammy Horne, Emily Biondi, and Megan Blum
October 6, 2023
Nancy Daubenberger, Minnesota Transportation Commissioner; Kammy Horne, Senior Vice President of Development and Planning at VIA Metropolitan Transit; Emily Biondi, Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment, and Realty, FHWA; and Megan Blum, Director for the Office of Environmental Programs, FTA discussed using NEPA reviews to deliver better projects. Read the recap.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Signals A New Era of Transportation Innovation in the Heart of Kendall Square

Image of U.S. DOT leadership, state and local leaders, and redevelopment Volpe Exchange Partners cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the new U.S. DOT Volpe Center facility in Cambridge, MA’s Kendall Square
September 28, 2023
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe Center celebrated the official opening of its new state-of-the-art facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 19, 2023, attended by U.S. DOT leadership, state and local leaders, as well as partners from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Recap: Embedding Equity in Project Delivery

Speaker series graphic featuring Stephanie Wiggins and Emmanuella Myrthil
September 14, 2023
On September 7, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center welcomed Stephanie Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), and Emmanuella Myrthil, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), to a conversation focused on “Embedding Equity in Project Delivery.” This was the fourth event in a virtual leadership event series: Delivering the Benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Recap: How Cities Are Reinventing Project Delivery

Speaker series graphic featuring Kyle Wagenschutz, Urban Mobility Planner at City Thread; Eric C. Macfarlane, First Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC); and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria
August 21, 2023
Kyle Wagenschutz, Urban Mobility Planner at City Thread; Eric C. Macfarlane, First Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC); and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria joined the U.S. DOT’s August 10th virtual event on “How Cities Are Reinventing Project Delivery.” This was the third event in the U.S. DOT Project Delivery Center of Excellence's thought leadership series on Delivering the Benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Recap: Thinking Outside the Box: Innovating for Better Project Delivery

Speaker series graphic featuring Carlos M. Braceras and Paula Hammond.
August 10, 2023
Carlos Braceras, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and Paula Hammond, Chair of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and Senior Vice President at WSP USA joined U.S. DOT’s August 3 thought leadership event on “Thinking Outside the Box: Innovating for Better Project Delivery,” the recent event in the USDOT Project Delivery Center of Excellence’s thought leadership series on Delivering the Benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Recap: Delivering the Benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Speaker series graphic featuring Secretary Buttigieg and Professor Flyvbjerg
August 2, 2023
On July 26, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center welcomed US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to launch the new USDOT Project Delivery Center of Excellence and deliver keynote remarks at the first in a new, virtual leadership event series: Delivering the Benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center Advances UAS Integration in the National Airspace System

A graphic featuring a plane
May 24, 2023
Wake turbulence is the rotational movement of air created behind any aircraft under lift generation. The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s measurements and analyses of wake turbulence on behalf of FAA have been instrumental in enabling FAA to make positive operational changes in the National Airspace System (NAS). The result has been improved wake turbulence safety, reduced airport delays, shortened final approaches to airports, and reduced fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Prototyping New Ideas with the Volpe Innovation Accelerator

A graphic with a lightbulb
May 24, 2023
Since its launch in August 2020, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Volpe Innovation Accelerator (VIA) has spurred innovation by inviting employees to propose ideas, recruit teams, and develop prototypes and concept papers. In the process, it encourages collaboration, develops skillsets, and strengthens cross-divisional professional networks. Increasing employees’ capacity for innovation will help solve important transportation challenges, especially those aligned with U.S. DOT priorities.