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Rethinking How Cities Connect Residents to Opportunity

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September 28, 2016

Transportation infrastructure can be a catalyst for change, connecting city residents to opportunity. In fact, transportation may be the most important way we have to address disparities in income and wealth, according to Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, who spoke...

Protecting Endangered Bats, Streamlining Highway Projects

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September 27, 2016

As pollinators and insect consumers, bats generate $3 billion each year in economic value. However, the population of a key species has declined by nearly half since 2005—due, in large part, to human disturbance. A new federal strategy will help facilitate conservation of these...

Reformulating Cities Using People-Centric Design

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September 23, 2016

Residential density, intersection density, public transport density, and number of parks are physical elements that can have real, positive impacts on a city’s residents, according to Jeff Risom, partner and managing director of Gehl Studio in the U.S. Achieving people-centric...

Maritime Professionals from Africa and Asia Improve Maritime Domain Awareness Skills

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August 30, 2016

Volpe recently hosted its third annual training workshop aimed at enhancing and sustaining maritime domain awareness around the world. International participants acquired the skills and knowledge to aid countries in combating illicit maritime activity.

Investigating Wearable Sensors in Transportation Research

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August 26, 2016

Small, efficient, and accurate wearable sensors have opened up new levels of data granularity for transportation researchers. The authors of a recent paper investigated the state of the practice for wearable sensors, and challenges in using them for transportation research.

Nominations Are Open for 2017 FHWA Awards Programs

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August 25, 2016

Every two years, the Federal Highway Administration confers prestigious awards on transportation professionals in the public and private sectors who work hard to make U.S. roads safe and efficient for all drivers. Nomination deadlines are approaching for two of these three awards...

Volpe’s Innovations from the 2016 Joint Rail Conference

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August 22, 2016

From eliminating broken rails and combating punctured tank cars, to making stronger interfaces between rail ties and ballast, Volpe engineers support the Federal Railroad Administration in making passenger and freight rail travel safer.

Publication Highlights 15 Years of Successful Environmental Stewardship Practices

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August 16, 2016

Successes in Stewardship marks 15 years of documenting successful practices in protecting water quality, wetlands, wildlife, historical sites, cultural areas, and parks while accelerating the completion of transportation projects nationwide. Read the August 2016 anniversary issue...

Anne Aylward is Volpe’s New Director and the First Woman to Hold the Position

Anne Aylward

July 28, 2016

Anne Aylward, a proven senior leader and results-driven executive with more than 30 years in the transportation field, has been selected as Volpe’s new director. She is the organization’s seventh permanent director, and the first woman to hold the position.

Enhanced FMCSA Site Means Better Motor Carrier Data

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July 26, 2016

Accurate, complete, and timely crash and inspection data from states lets FMCSA better identify motor carriers that could pose a risk to the traveling public. A newly revamped website is helping improve that data.


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