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Reducing Aviation Noise, Advancing the Aviation Enterprise

An airplane flying over Boston near Boston Logan International Airport

October 2, 2017

Earlier this year, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, the Federal Aviation Administration, and NASA convened a workshop on aviation noise that included leaders from government, academia, and aviation industry groups. Experts at the workshop agreed that without sharp investment increases in more environmentally compatible technologies and strategies, America’s role as a global aviation leader is at risk.

Last-Mile Delivery: The Holy Grail of Freight Logistics

A delivery van

September 14, 2017

Matthias Winkenbach of MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics discusses solutions to delivering goods and services to dense urban centers, and the complex dynamism of cities that impacts urban last-mile distribution.

The Volpe Center is DOT’s ‘Nerd Lab’—and Much More

Pilot looking out the window of a plane at a drone

August 3, 2017

Connected vehicles. Unmanned aircraft. Worldwide vessel tracking. Find out why Politico featured the Volpe Center’s multimodal expertise in its recent tour of federal government nerd labs.

Volpe and the U.S. Department of Defense: An Essential National Partnership

U.S. military planes lined up in formation on a tarmac

August 1, 2017

For nearly five decades, U.S. DOT's Volpe Center has provided essential support to critical missions across branches of the Department of Defense (DoD). Find out how various DoD commands and organizations leverage the Volpe Center’s world-renowned, multimodal expertise.

How an Automated Car Platoon Works

Car platooning technology testing

July 31, 2017

With emerging automated driving technology, self-driving cars may soon have the capability to form a platoon on a highway, which could improve travel time, increase lane capacity, and reduce congestion. A car platooning proof-of-concept was tested and evaluated at a U.S. Army facility in Maryland. Learn how platoons work and find out what the researchers discovered.

Improving Service and Safety at Penn Station in New York City

Penn Station entrance

July 21, 2017

Penn Station is one of the busiest passenger transportation facilities in the U.S., serving more than 600,000 commuter rail and Amtrak passengers each day. In late March and early April, Penn Station suffered two train derailments within a week of each other. Following both derailments, U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center supported the Federal Railroad Administration by sending mechanical engineer Brian Marquis to take measurements at both sites and conduct a track and equipment data analysis.

Exploring Future Energy Scenarios with the Freight/Fuel Transportation Optimization Tool

Volpe environmental biologist Dr. Kristin Lewis

July 19, 2017

What’s the best way for raw fuel material to get to a refinery? Road, rail, water, pipeline? What emissions are associated with moving raw material and fuel? Environmental biologist Kristin Lewis recently talked about how a Volpe-developed tool can help optimize fuel logistics strategies.

How Effective Are Pedestrian Detection Systems in Cars?

A car approaches a mother and son crossing a road at a crosswalk.

July 13, 2017

As pedestrian detection technology becomes integrated into the cars we drive, we must ask: How effective are these systems in preventing pedestrian crashes and injuries? How do we measure safety? A team of advanced vehicle experts at U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center conducted a study to find out.

The Cambridge Science Festival Comes to U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center

A child points out various elements of the city he created using paper boxes and markers.

June 22, 2017

Science lovers of all ages gathered recently at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center to attend transportation events as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, an annual 10-day event that engages an estimated 50,000 people with science, technology, engineering, and math. Find out what our participants did with blocks, simulators, and transportation planning.

WTS International Honors Rachael Barolsky Sack with a “First of its Kind” Award


June 21, 2017

WTS International recently honored U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Small Business Innovation Research program manager for her exceptional leadership and commitment with its “Chapter President of the Year” award—the first honor of its kind granted by the association. Find out what made her stand out.