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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.

Helping Federal Land Management Agencies Transition to Electric Vehicle Fleets

Helping Federal Land Management Agencies Transition to Electric Vehicle Fleets
May 16, 2024

New electric vehicle (EV) sales nearly doubled in the United States in 2021 compared to sales in any previous year; sales then grew by another two-thirds in 2022 and another 50% in 2023. EV sales will likely reach 30 percent of all new U.S. car sales in 2030 from a roughly 3.5 percent share of new car sales in 2021. In 2023, EV sales accounted for 9.3% of all passenger vehicle sales—all according to Argonne National Library...

Bridge Investment Program Benefit-Cost Analysis Tool

Bridge Investment Program Benefit-Cost Analysis Tool
May 16, 2024

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), was signed into law by the Biden-Harris Administration in November 2021. BIL provides $550 billion in investment funding for infrastructure improvements, including roads, bridges, mass transit, water infrastructure, climate resilience, and expanded broadband. Many new competitive grant programs established by BIL require a benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for submitted infrastructure projects to help U.S. DOT...

Putting Infrastructure Resilience and Innovation to Work

Planners reviewing a planning drawing.
May 14, 2024
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center is advancing U.S. DOT’s goals to put innovation and resilience to work to improve America’s infrastructure.

Estimating the Costs of Rail Delays Due to HAZMAT Incidents

Estimating the Costs of Rail Delays Due to HAZMAT Incidents
May 3, 2024
Rail incidents such as derailments and collisions can have serious impacts in terms of loss of life and damage to equipment and infrastructure. When the rail incident involves hazardous materials (HAZMAT), the consequences can be even more severe. PHMSA, in collaboration with FRA, asked the U.S. DOT Volpe Center to analyze an additional potential impact from HAZMAT rail incidents that was not well understood: the impact on rail operations in terms of delay and associated emissions resulting from a closure. 

Recap: The Advanced Air Mobility Workforce of the Future

Speaker series graphic featuring Laurence Wildgoose, Robin Riedel, Becky Lutte
February 27, 2024

The finale of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center and Federal Aviation Administration’s seven-part thought leadership series, Up, Up and Away, Innovations in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), wrapped up on February 15, 2024. Laurence Wildgoose, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, FAA, Robin Riedel, Partner, Aerospace and Defense, Travel, Transportation and Logistics, and Sustainability, McKinsey Center for Future Mobility, and Becky Lutte, PhD, Chair of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor...

Recap: International Collaboration in Advanced Air Mobility

Speaker series graphic featuring Annie Petsonk, Lirio Liu, and Chris Carter
February 13, 2024

On February 6, 2024, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center and Federal Aviation Administration held the sixth discussion of a seven-part thought leadership series titled International Collaboration in Advanced Air Mobility.

“Close collaboration with...

Recap: Considerations for Equity in Advanced Air Mobility

Speaker series graphic featuring Yolanka Wulff and Okeoma Moronu
January 31, 2024

On January 23, 2024, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center and Federal Aviation Administration held the fifth discussion of a seven-part thought leadership series titled Considerations for Equity in Advanced Air Mobility. This talk focused on the work of FAA, U.S. DOT, and aviation stakeholders to sustainably...

Recap: Environmentally Responsible Advanced Air Mobility

Speaker series graphic featuring Julie Marks, Stephen Rizzi and Christopher Roof
January 22, 2024

On January 17, 2024, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center and Federal Aviation Administration held the fourth discussion of a seven-part thought leadership series titled Environmentally Responsible Advanced Air Mobility. The discussion focused on the work of FAA and the U.S. DOT Volpe Center to understand the environmental impacts and community concerns around Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and the steps being taken to address them and...

Recap: Transformation: Urban Air Mobility Concept of Operations

Speaker series graphic featuring Paul Fontaine, Robert Pearce, and Steve Bradford
January 9, 2024

On December 19, 2023, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center and FAA held the third discussion of a seven-part thought leadership series titled Transformation: Urban Air Mobility Concept of Operations. The talk focused on FAA and NASA’s ongoing work to move innovative ideas and technologies forward that will enable the safe integration of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) into the existing National Airspace System (NAS). ...

U.S. DOT Volpe Center Staff Presenting at 2024 TRB Annual Meeting

Purple TRB 103rd Annual Meeting
January 5, 2024
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s staff will be presenting at a variety of sessions at the 103rd annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting, January 7-11, 2024 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.