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FHWA Workshop at Volpe Advances Knowledge on Performance Measures

An elevated expressway

February 26, 2018

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.

Pooling Resources to Improve Road Safety

Cyclists riding on a street near a bus

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.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Annual Project Accomplishments

Cover page of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's Annual Accomplishments brochure.

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.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 2017 Reports

A stack of open professional journals.

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.

What Blockchains Could Mean for Transportation and Government

Blockchain representation

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.

Transportation in a World That Is Gray, Delayed, Small, and Female

Joseph Coughlin speaking at the Volpe Center

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

A security officer watches surveillance video on multiple monitors.

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.

How Much Time Do Americans Spend Behind the Wheel?

Don Pickrell

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.

Safely Integrating Drones into the National Airspace

A drone flying near an island.

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. 

Leveraging the Space Above Our Heads and the Emergent eVTOL Market

A small airplane in flight that can also be driven on roads.

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.