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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.

Increasing Access to Work Zone Information to Improve Highway Safety for All

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October 5, 2022
The nation’s transportation system is becoming increasingly data driven. Safe and efficient mobility for all is dependent on reliable real-time information about work zones and other disruptions to usual traffic operations. Standardizing access to these data is critical to improving safety—not only for keeping highway workers and drivers safe, but also enabling efficient integration of automated vehicles (AVs) into the transportation network.

Innovative Uses of Data Science to Solve Transportation Problems

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October 5, 2022
State DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), and regional transportation planning agencies rely on complex data to solve the nation’s congestion, infrastructure, and equity issues. U.S. DOT Volpe Center data experts are using tools from the data science and machine learning toolbox to identify roadway safety issues and address old transportation problems in new ways.

New Pavement System...Supported by Solar Panels?

August 12, 2022

One of the ways the U.S. Department of Transportation serves the American public is by working with small businesses to find new ways to improve our nation’s roadways. In 2009, the Small Business Innovation Research program solicited research on a topic sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration: to develop a new pavement that could generate power and transfer it to the power grid.

Increasing Access to Rail Stations for Travelers with Disabilities

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July 15, 2022

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires that stations in the intercity rail transportation system be made readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Amtrak's wide network of stations have increased accessibility measures since 2009 in conjunction with FRA’s ADA Stations Program.

U.S. DOT Volpe Center Helps Address Equity in Transportation

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July 15, 2022

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center helps address equity in transportation in accordance with President Biden's top priorities.

U.S. DOT Volpe Center Supports NCDOT Equity and Innovation Initiatives

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July 15, 2022

U.S. DOT Volpe Center's support of the NCDOT equity and innovation initiatives.

Advancing a More Equitable, Accessible, and Inclusive Transportation System

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July 13, 2022

A special collection of stories discussing U.S. DOT Volpe Center's 2021 research efforts and contributions to creating a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive transportation system.

Innovations to Mitigate Transportation Noise Impacts on Communities

Innovations to Mitigate Transportation Noise Impacts on Communities
April 20, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) recently released a collection of stories from our 2021 Annual Accomplishments Publication, outlining our innovative work to help transportation agencies understand, manage, and mitigate transportation noise impacts on communities—and make environmentally responsible decisions now and in the future.

FAA Makes Environmentally Responsible Decisions Using Aviation Environmental Design Tool

FAA Makes Environmentally Responsible Decisions Using Aviation Environmental Design Tool
April 20, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) recently released a collection of stories from our 2021 Annual Accomplishments Publication, outlining our innovative work to help transportation agencies understand, manage, and mitigate transportation noise impacts on communities—and make environmentally responsible decisions now and in the future.

Using the Traffic Noise Model to Mitigate Highway Noise Impacts on Communities

Using the Traffic Noise Model to Mitigate Highway Noise Impacts on Communities
April 20, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) recently released a collection of stories from our 2021 Annual Accomplishments Publication, outlining our innovative work to help transportation agencies understand, manage, and mitigate transportation noise impacts on communities—and make environmentally responsible decisions now and in the future.