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Measuring Walkability: The Health Question

Close-up of shoes of a person walking

May 7, 2013

Does the design of a neighborhood affect the level of a person's physical activity? Do people who live in more compact areas get more physical activity than those who live in sprawling neighborhoods? Ann Forsyth, professor of urban planning and director of the Masters in Urban Planning program at Harvard University, addressed these questions during her talk "Measuring Walkability: The Health Question."

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Beyond Bouncing Back: Critical Transportation Infrastructure Resilience

bridge under repair

April 30, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, hosted "Beyond Bouncing Back: A Roundtable on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Resilience" to explore resiliency in the context of challenges facing the nation's transportation system.

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Considering Transportation as a Complex Sociotechnical System

A twisted highway junction surrounded on the outskirts by housing complexes and a large building.

April 17, 2013

Dr. Joseph M. Sussman, JR East Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented “Considering Transportation as a Complex Sociotechnical System” during a Volpe speaker series event.

Advancing Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention

A narrow gravel road crosses over a railroad track.

April 9, 2013

Marco P. daSilva, senior general engineer and program manager at Volpe, presented "Advancing Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention" on April 9, 2013.

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Fuel Economy Standards: How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going?

Car driving toward the horizon on a road made of green grass.

March 20, 2013

Kevin Green, chief of Volpe's Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program Office, presented "Fuel Economy Standards: How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going?" on March 20, 2013.

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Using Automated Data Collection Systems to Improve Public Transport Performance: Applications at Transport for London

A sign featuring London's Underground transit logo.

March 6, 2013

Dr. Nigel H.M. Wilson, civil and environmental engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented "Using Automated Data Collection Systems to Improve Public Transport Performance: Applications at Transport for London" on March 6, 2013.

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Lessons Learned from Sandy, Irene, and Katrina: Restoring Normalcy to the Transportation System through Effective Emergency Response

Storm damage in the subway at Coney Island in New York.

February 28, 2013

Terrence (Terry) M. Sheehan, community planner and emergency transportation expert in Volpe's Center for Transportation Logistics and Security, presented "Lessons Learned from Sandy, Irene and Katrina: Restoring Normalcy to the Transportation System through Effective Emergency Response" on February 28, 2013. Sheehan is a U.S. DOT Regional Transportation Representative and the lead Federal Emergency Support Function-One Official for New England, New York, and New Jersey.

Shock and Consequences: The Case for Bolstering Infrastructure Resilience

A bridge under construction.

February 12, 2013

Dr. Stephen Flynn, professor and founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University, presented "Shock and Consequences: The Case for Bolstering Infrastructure Resilience" on February 12, 2013.

Cracked Up—Broken Rails are Serious Business

December 6, 2012

Dr. David Y. Jeong, senior mechanical engineer in the Center for Infrastructure Systems and Engineering at Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, presented "Cracked Up—Broken Rails are Serious Business" on December 6, 2012.

Advancing Aircraft Wake Turbulence Research to Achieve Aviation Capacity and Safety Objectives

November 28, 2012

Steven Lang, director of the Center for Air Traffic Systems and Operations at Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, spoke on the topic of "Advancing Aircraft Wake Turbulence Research to Achieve Aviation Capacity and Safety Objectives."

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