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Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning Division helps government and industry decision makers analyze complex issues and develop strategies and programs to deliver a world-class transportation system. 


  • Research, analysis, and evaluation: We conduct research, analysis, and evaluation on a range of project components, including interview and survey design, policy analysis, statistical analysis, qualitative data analysis, surveying and forecasting, and geographic information systems.
  • Strategic planning and program design: We assist our customers in initiating, facilitating, and implementing strategic planning efforts and provide targeted program design support related to policy implementation, rulemakings, and working groups.
  • Communications: We plan, develop, design, and distribute communications resources to audiences across disciplines, modes, and regions nationwide. These resources include newsletters, outreach materials, website content, and case studies.
  • Geospatial Analysis: We leverage geographic information systems (GIS) to visualize, analyze, and better understand all aspects of transportation to empower our customers to make informed data-driven management decisions.

Areas of Work

  • Environment
  • Freight
  • Innovative finance
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Operations
  • Planning
  • Realty
  • Safety
  • Sustainability

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Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018