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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.

Recap: Toward Carbon Neutral Mobility

Tim Wallington, PhD, presents during Volpe's 2021 speaker series.
September 2, 2021
On August 24, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center welcomed Ford Motor Company’s Tim Wallington, PhD, to its 2021 thought leadership speaker series. Wallington is a senior technical leader in research and advanced engineering in the Research and Innovation Center at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan. This post provides a recap of Wallington’s talk. You can also watch video highlights from the event.

Recap: The Transportation and Climate Initiative: Multi-State Collaboration to Advance Equitable Low-Carbon Transportation

James Bradbury, PhD speaks as part of U.S. DOT Volpe Center 2021 speaker series.
August 12, 2021
On August 3, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center welcomed Georgetown University Climate Center’s James Bradbury, PhD, to its 2021 thought leadership speaker series. Bradbury is the Mitigation Program Director for the Georgetown Climate Center at the Georgetown University Law Center. This post provides a recap of Dr. Bradbury’s talk. You can also watch video highlights from the event.

Recap: Advancing a Just and Low-Carbon Future with Urban Electrification

Marilyn Brown speaks via webstream during Volpe's 2021 speaker series.
August 2, 2021
On July 20, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) welcomed Dr. Marilyn Brown, Regents' and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, to its 2021 thought leadership speaker series, Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System. 

Recap: Net-Zero America: Potential Pathways, Infrastructure, and Impacts

Erin Mayfield speaks via webstream during Volpe's 2021 speaker series.
July 1, 2021
On June 22, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) welcomed Dr. Erin Mayfield of Princeton University to its 2021 thought leadership speaker series, Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System.

Recap: A Climate-Resilient Future Is an Equitable, Just Future

Ed Carr speaks via webstream during Volpe's 2021 speaker series.
June 16, 2021
On June 8, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center welcomed Dr. Edward R. Carr of Clark University to continue its 2021 thought leadership speaker series, Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System. Dr. Carr is the director of Clark’s International Development, Community, and Environment program and the director of the Humanitarian Response and Development Lab.

Recap: Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System

Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks via live videoconference during the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's 2021 speaker series kick-off event.
June 8, 2021
On June 2, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) welcomed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to kick off its 2021 thought leadership speaker series, Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Dr. Robert Hampshire introduced Secretary Buttigieg and provided introductory remarks.

Keeping Drivers Safe with Innovative Intersection Design Research and Evaluation

Keeping Drivers Safe with Innovative Intersection Design Research and Evaluation
May 11, 2021
More than 50 percent of fatal crashes and crashes resulting in injuries occur at or near intersections. Learn more about FHWA’s efforts to significantly improve the safety of standard intersections by developing novel designs and implementing them nationwide—with help from researchers from the U.S. DOT Volpe Center.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 2020 Reports

April 29, 2021

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe Center published nearly 60 reports and conference papers in 2020 spanning a breadth of transportation topics that advance U.S. DOT’s priorities: safety, infrastructure, innovation, and accountability.

These reports are housed in the National Transportation Library and are listed below by topic areas. Select the linked report titles to preview and download copies of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 2020 transportation resources.

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Partnering with the Millennium Challenge Corporation to Improve Accessibility in Malawi

Three farmers travel on a dirt road in Malawi in an ox-drawn cart.
March 8, 2021
MCC partners with Malawi to improve road management processes by shifting to evidence-based planning and decision-making that prioritize road investments and ensure sustainability. Learn more about MCC’s work to improve accessibility to transportation, enhance the livelihoods of small farmers, and improve access to vital health and social services for the people of Malawi—and how U.S. DOT Volpe Center transportation planners are helping.

Intermodalism: A 20-Year Perspective

Freight being moved from ship to truck.
March 5, 2021

The concept of intermodalism is as familiar today to transportation professionals as dedicated bike lanes. But 20 years ago, intermodalism wasn’t as common; it was just taking hold as a new concept in the federal transportation community.