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Public Lands Projects

Who We Work With

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Bureau of Land Management

Volpe works closely with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop a comprehensive internal and external communication strategy to educate BLM stakeholders on the importance of BLM's transportation resources and the extent of its needs. Outreach materials include published and web-based information booklets and state and program-based fact sheets that illustrate BLM's transportation resources with maps, photographs, and statistics. Volpe also works with BLM field offices to provide technical assistance in enhancing alternative transportation access to BLM lands.

Portfolio Managers: Laura Richards and Emily Navarrete

Department of the Interior

Department of the Interior

Volpe provides technical assistance to the Department of the Interior (DOI) in several research areas, including alternative fuels, intelligent transportation systems, lifecycle cost modeling, visitor management, and demand estimation for alternative transportation. This work is funded by the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks (TRIP) Program as part of the program's funding set aside for research activities. Volpe provides direct technical assistance to several agencies within DOI, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Portfolio Manager: Benjamin Rasmussen

National Park Service

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Volpe supports the National Park Service (NPS) Washington Office, regions, and units with transportation planning efforts both at the project and program levels. Examples of support tasks include planning and evaluating alternative transportation systems, supporting the transportation components of NPS General Management Plan (GMP) updates, assisting development of long-range transportation plans, and aiding in development of national and region-wide transportation management systems.

Alaska Region

Portfolio Manager: Kaitlin Justice

Intermountain Region

Portfolio Manager: Katharina McLaughlin

Midwest Region

Portfolio Manager: Benjamin Rasmussen

National Capital Region

Portfolio Managers: Eric Englin and Michael Littman

Northeast Region

Portfolio Manager: Katie Lamoureux

To learn more about the projects in the Northeast Region, see Additional Projects.

Pacific West Region

Portfolio Manager: Kaitlin Justice

Southeast Region

Portfolio Manager: Hoamy Tran

Washington Office

Portfolio Managers: Amalia Holub and Kevin McCoy

Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division

Portfolio Manager: Amanda Rapoza

Volpe supports the NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (NSNSD) in the protection of soundscape resources and other acoustic-related matters of parks. Examples of support tasks include development of air tour management plans, reviewing NPS planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, and related environmental compliance activities, and reviewing noise regulations/guidance related to National Parks.

  • Air Tour Management Plans (ATMPs): The ATMP Program is a joint effort by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the NPS. Volpe has supported ATMPs at the following national parks:
    • Badlands National Park
    • Big Cypress National Preserve
    • Death Valley National Park
    • Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    • Governors Island National Monument
    • Haleakala National Park
    • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
    • Mount Rainier National Park
    • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
    • Petrified Forest National Park
    • Point Reyes National Seashore
    • Statue of Liberty National Monument
  • Grand Canyon National Park: Special Flight Rules Area in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park: Actions to Substantially Restore Natural Quiet
  • Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks: Modeling Snowmobile and Snowcoach Noise in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
  • Quieter Pavements

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Volpe supports transportation planning efforts on public lands under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) management. As a new core member of the Federal Lands Highway Program, USACE seeks to further develop its transportation program by integrating transportation planning into existing business lines and strategic plans. Volpe supports USACE in the development of a comprehensive transportation planning strategy and in the buildout of its Natural Resources Management Gateway website to include transportation-related elements. Additionally, Volpe is leading a vehicle counter calibration pilot project in seven USACE regions to help systematize vehicle counter methods and best practices for vehicle counter deployment.

Portfolio Manager: Katharina McLaughlin

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Volpe work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service includes climate change scenario planning, transit and trails access to refuges, long range transportation planning technical support, livability and sustainability planning, and unit transportation planning technical assistance.

Portfolio Manager: Benjamin Rasmussen

U.S. Forest Service

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Volpe activities with U.S. Forest Service focus primarily on alternative transportation-related planning, analysis, development, engineering, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of transportation systems and services. In additions to studies at individual forests, Volpe provides alternative transportation program support for the Forest Service at a national level.

Portfolio Manager: Jonah Chiarenza

U.S. Department of Transportation

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Federal Highway Administration - Office of Federal Lands Highway

Volpe assists the Office of Federal Lands Highway (FLH) in producing outreach materials associated with FLH's 25th anniversary, and conducting research and synthesizing materials in preparation for the anticipated reauthorization of surface transportation legislation. Outreach materials included over 60 web-based fact sheets covering each component of the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLHP) and each of the three FLH division offices, and highlighting FLHP projects in each of the states and territories FLH serves. Volpe also worked with each of FLH's core federal land management agency partners to develop assessments of their transportation funding needs and synthesize their proposals for reauthorization.

FLH Portfolio Managers: Jared Fijalkowski and Jessica Torossian
Central FLH Portfolio Manager: Benjamin Rasmussen and Katie Lamoureux
Eastern FLH Portfolio Manager: Benjamin Rasmussen
Western FLH Portfolio Manager: Kaitlin Justice

Federal Transit Administration

Volpe works with the Federal Transit Administration and our other partners to conduct transportation assistance groups (TAGs). The goal of a TAG is to assist federal land management agencies and their local partners in recognizing transportation problems and exploring sustainable alternative transportation solutions. A summary of TAGs is provided below. Individual TAG reports are available in the National Transportation Library.

Portfolio Manager: Benjamin Rasmussen

State and Local Agencies

State and local agencies manage vast public lands which are of equal importance to recreation and conservation as federal public lands. Volpe works with state and local agencies to address transportation challenges for parks, conservation areas, recreation areas and other state and local public lands which are often right in our own backyards.

Portfolio Manager: Benjamin Rasmussen

Presidio Trust

The Presidio Trust is a federal agency that manages the Presidio of San Francisco, a 1,500-acre former military post at the northern tip of San Francisco, in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The Presidio Trust preserves the park’s unique historical and natural resources and provides recreational access at no cost to taxpayers, by raising revenue from leasing homes and commercial space throughout the Presidio. The Volpe Center supports the Presidio Trust transportation planning team plan for transit operations and transit vehicle technology evaluation.

Portfolio manager: Benjamin Rasmussen

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