Data-driven decisions can improve performance. The U.S. DOT Volpe Center supports the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Transportation Performance Management (TPM) office in moving FHWA and its partners toward a more performance-based assessment of the nation’s roadways.
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February 26, 2018
February 22, 2018
A new project to make streets safer is using an innovative funding model to help six major cities develop best practices for technologies to help truck drivers avoid or mitigate collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists.
February 6, 2018
Annual Accomplishments 2018 highlights some of the Volpe Center’s best work from the past year. Read the report and check out video highlights from five of our featured projects.
February 5, 2018
The Volpe Center published more than 70 reports and conference papers in 2017 spanning a breadth of transportation topics that advance U.S. DOT’s priorities: safety, infrastructure, innovation, and accountability. Peruse the topics and download copies of our 2017 transportation resources.
February 2, 2018
A new report from the U.S. DOT Volpe Center is a high-level primer that covers blockchain technology basics, how smart contracts work, potential and current applications in government and transportation, challenges to widespread implementation, and blockchain initiatives in transportation and government.
December 21, 2017
Joseph F. Coughlin, founder and director of the MIT AgeLab, discussed how an aging American population will shape the nation's transportation system.
Report to Congress Explores Safety and Security Technologies for Alternative Transportation Infrastructure
December 13, 2017
A recent report to Congress offers data on safety and security incidents at alternative transportation facilities—like bicycle lanes, walking paths, and transit stations—and provides recommendations for innovative technologies that could address some of the most urgent risks to the traveling public.
December 11, 2017
U.S. DOT Volpe Center Chief Economist Don Pickrell and a team of Volpe Center data experts recently completed an in-depth study for the Federal Highway Administration to produce detailed statistics on travel speeds and vehicle hours traveled that can provide new levels of insight into how the nation’s roads are performing.
December 6, 2017
Getting stuck in traffic isn’t just a nuisance. On an aggregate level, traffic can have major financial impacts for cities and countries. Aviation innovator Carl C. Dietrich, PhD, co-founder and chief technology officer of Terrafugia, explains the potential to use the space right above our heads to relieve automobile congestion.
December 6, 2017
By 2021, there could be 4 million remotely piloted aircraft—commonly referred to as drones—in the hands of hobbyists and commercial users, according to projections from the Federal Aviation Administration. Safely and efficiently integrating the coming influx of drones into our nation’s airspace creates a variety of technical, operational, and regulatory challenges. Recently, Volpe worked closely with the U.S. Air Force and the Ohio Department of Transportation to test technologies that may enable safe and efficient flight of small drones.