Faster than a bird, a plane, and a high-speed train, riders in a conceptual hyperloop pod could cover the 400 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about half an hour. Yet for all the time-saving promise of hyperloop, there remain questions about passenger comfort, system costs, land use, and safety. A recent Volpe report on behalf of NASA explores the feasibility of the hyperloop concept.
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January 20, 2017
January 18, 2017
Each year, Volpe collaborates with the U.S. Department of Transportation, other federal agencies, and the broader transportation community on hundreds of projects that shape how people and goods move throughout the U.S. and abroad. Our Annual Accomplishments report highlights some of Volpe’s best work from 2016.
January 12, 2017
Volpe’s 2016 thought leadership speaker series The Future of Transportation continued our long tradition of convening thought leaders, decision makers, and stakeholders from across the transportation enterprise to anticipate future transportation challenges, generate fresh approaches to emerging issues, anticipate trends, and inform decision making. The final interactive report covering all the talks from The Future of Transportation’s distinguished speakers is available now.
January 4, 2017
Volpe published more than 75 reports and conference papers in 2016 spanning a myriad of transportation research topics. Download free copies of Volpe’s transportation resources.
December 22, 2016
A new low-cost technology developed through U.S. DOT’s SBIR program could help fleet managers better track the 5.6 million tractor-trailers on our roads that are hauling 68 percent of all the goods we receive.
December 21, 2016
The Volpe-developed SeaVision is a web-based vessel tracking and information-sharing tool that was chosen as one of three featured exhibits at Secretary of State John Kerry’s Our Ocean Conference.
November 28, 2016
Through U.S. DOT’s SBIR program, Mainstream Engineering Corporation developed a free vehicle-monitoring app that performs trip diagnostics that could lead to major money-saving alterations for drivers and motor carriers. Small businesses can apply for SBIR funding through the current solicitation until December 21, 2016.
November 23, 2016
Fatal crashes are increasing, but nearly all of them are theoretically preventable. Volpe recently hosted NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind to talk about strategies and actions to achieve zero deaths on America’s roads.
November 21, 2016
New ridesharing technologies and transportation demand management strategies mean that how people travel to and from their college campuses may be changing. A recent report identifies innovative practices that universities have used to reduce auto traffic and parking, and discusses how those practices can be used by state, regional, and local transportation agencies.
November 8, 2016
As much as ever, transportation technologies are shaping America’s cities. Technology is changing quickly, and smart, sensible transportation is part of realizing an inclusive American dream, said Harvard University economics professor Edward Glaeser during a recent talk at Volpe.