Approaching Transportation as a Solution to Inequality

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U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

September 29, 2016


Rethinking How Cities Connect Residents to Opportunity


Transportation infrastructure can be a catalyst for change, connecting city residents to opportunity. In fact, transportation may be the most important way we have to address disparities in income and wealth, according to Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, who spoke as part of Volpe’s Future of Transportation series.

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Joint Panel on Urban Mobility

Thursday, September 29
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Advancement in automation continues at an unprecedented pace, and automated vehicles are coming fast.

Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of ZipCar, Buzzcar, and GoLoco, and co-founder of Veniam; and Anthony Townsend, PhD, senior research scientist at New York University, will participate in a joint panel on urban mobility as part of Volpe's Future of Transportation series. 

Volpe is pleased to welcome Dr. Austin Brown, assistant director for Clean Energy and Transportation at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, as the panel moderator.

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Government at the Speed of Silicon Valley

Thursday, October 6
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Can the federal government possibly keep pace with private-sector innovators?

In this talk, U.S. DOT Chief Innovation Officer Chris Gerdes will discuss prototyping as a technique for rapid learning and describe a number of ways in which U.S. DOT is harnessing this approach to improve safety and provide opportunity.

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Protecting Endangered Bats, Streamlining Highway Projects

As pollinators and insect consumers, bats generate $3 billion each year in economic value. However, the population of a key species has declined by nearly half since 2005—due, in large part, to human disturbance. A new federal strategy will help facilitate conservation of these bats while delivering road projects faster. Read the full story.

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Reformulating Cities Using People-Centric Design

Residential density, intersection density, public transport density, and number of parks are physical elements that can have real, positive impacts on a city’s residents, according to Jeff Risom, partner and managing director of Gehl Studio in the U.S., who recently spoke as part of Volpe’s Future of Transportation series. Read the full story.

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Volpe Is Recruiting Student Interns for 2017

Volpe is hiring for multiple internship and entry-level positions in a variety of transportation fields and will speak with students at 15 career fairs at campuses throughout Massachusetts this fall. Read on for event dates and locations.

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Deputy Director for Research and Technology

Volpe seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Deputy Director for Research and Technology. This position leads Volpe’s four technical centers, which encompass all of the research, innovation, technology, and transportation program analysis functions performed by Volpe for federal, state, local, and international organizations with transportation-related missions. Each of these centers encompasses five to seven divisions, and the combined federal staffing across all four centers is 500 employees. Learn more and apply now on USAjobs.

Volpe Staff at U.S. and International Events

Volpe staff were featured at the following events in September, including the following:

  • Alex Epstein gave a talk on a panel titled “Leveraging City Fleets and Purchasing Power for Vision Zero” at the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ annual conference, Designing Cities 2016, held September 26-29 in Seattle, Washington.

  • Yan Zhang and Frank Wang presented updates regarding data collection and analysis in support of safe wake separation on closely spaced parallel runways at the MITRE Center for Advanced Aviation System Development in Virginia on September 22-23.
  • Luisa Paiewonsky and Joe Sanford facilitated a workshop with state Departments of Transportation and auto manufacturers to improve industry-government collaboration on vehicle-to-infrastructure applications in McLean, Virginia, on September 22-23.

  • Adrian Hellman participated on a technical panel related to the prevention of railroad trespass fatalities at the DuPage Railroad Safety Council Conference in Oak Brook, Illinois, on September 14. 

  • David Read participated in technical discussions on the development and maintenance of international regulations and guidance materials related to aircraft noise certification at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee for Environmental Protection in Cologne, Germany, on September 11-17.
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