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Office of Research and Technology

May 21, 2015


Truck Side Guards Resource Page


A new resource page offers information on truck side guards, which are safety devices designed to keep pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists from being run over by a large truck’s rear wheels in a side-impact collision.

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City of Cambridge Announces Safer Truck Partnership with Volpe

The City of Cambridge announced a partnership with Volpe to install side guards on city-owned trucks in order to enhance safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and to encourage private entities to do the same…more

Infographic: Truck Side Guards Save Lives

Infographic: Truck Side Guards Save Lives

Nearly half of bicyclists and more than one-quarter of pedestrians killed by a large truck first impact the side of a truck. View our latest infographic to see how a simple technology can save lives…more




Tuesday, June 9, 2015
12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT)

Management guru Rosabeth Moss Kanter presents 
“MOVE: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead”

Moss Kanter is chair and director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative and a professor at Harvard Business School.

Join us via webinar or in person for this final event in our Transportation and the Economy speaker series.


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A New Approach to Managing Congestion in the Skies

A New Approach to Managing Congestion in the Skies

A new method for displaying congestion in the airspace receives high honors and shows promise for improving the flow of traffic in the skies…more

The Global Mobility Future

The Global Mobility Future

“The city of the past is one where the rich drive cars and the poor take public transportation,” said John Moavenzadeh, World Economic Forum USA officer, noting the exponential growth in alternatives to vehicle ownership…more

Volpe on Twitter

Volpe Now on Twitter

Volpe is pleased to announce its official Twitter feed: @VolpeUSDOT. Follow us for updates on research, events, infographics, news, and journal articles…more

Jobs at Volpe

Jobs at Volpe

Volpe currently has openings for fire protection engineers and program analysts. Find out more.

Volpe Staff at Local and National Events

Volpe staff were featured at key speaking engagements in March and April, including the following:

  • Gary Ritter discussed emerging vehicle automation trends during a panel discussion at the Mass Technology Leadership Council’s New Era of Robotics Summit on April 29.

  • Kevin Hartnett co-presented a project overview of automotive cybersecurity research with Dr. Daniel Massey, of the Department of Homeland Security, at the SAE 2015 World Congress on April 21 in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Michael Dinning presented “Beyond Fare Collection: Next Stop Multimodal Payments” at the American Public Transportation Association’s 2015 Revenue Management and Fare Collection Summit on April 1 in Orlando, FL.

  • Dr. Scott Gabree discussed rail trespassing and potential countermeasures to mitigate rail suicide and unintentional casualties, and Marco daSilva discussed current intervention strategies to mitigate railroad trespassing at the National Transportation Safety Board’s “Trains and Trespassing: Ending Tragic Encounters” forum, held March 24-25 in Washington, D.C.

  • Several staff presented at the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, held March 23-26 in San Jose, CA.  Presenters included Dr. Aviva Brecher, Adrian Hellman, Karina Jacobsen, Brian Marquis, Patricia Llana, David Tyrell, and Hailing Yu.

  • Karina Jacobsen gave a presentation on locomotive tank research for the Federal Railroad Administration at the Fire Protection of Rolling Stock Conference, held March 18-19 in Berlin, Germany.

  • Dr. Alex Epstein gave a talk on truck side guards and how they can protect vulnerable road users at the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, held March 15-16 in Chicago, IL.

  • Dr. Kristin Lewis and Peter Herzig gave a presentation on alternative jet fuel development and deployment at the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative Research and Development Workshop, held March 9-10 in Alexandria, VA.

  • Dr. Stephen Popkin presented on fatigue management to the Board of Directors of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety in Washington, D.C., on March 5.

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