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Experts Help Improve Safety of Hazardous Materials and Tank Cars


Experts like Dr. David Jeong are studying the existing risks and opportunities associated with transporting crude oil and ethanol by rail.

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Mortimer Downey

Moving Freight: Can Goods Movement Help Carry a Surface Transport Bill?

Join Mortimer L. Downey III at Volpe on Monday, June 16, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Downey is a former U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary and currently serves as a senior advisor to Parsons Brinckerhoff, providing advisory and management consulting services to the firm and to its client base, including public and private owners, developers, financers, and builders of infrastructure projects worldwide. He also operates his own consulting firm, Mort Downey Consulting, LLC.

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Alex Epstein

Engineer's Passion for Pedestrian and Bike Safety Leads to Partnership with NYC

Last year, the City of Boston announced plans to add side guards to 19 large public works vehicles. Now, New York City has asked Volpe to help it study and develop pilot initiatives on side guards for the largest-in-the-nation municipal truck fleet...more


Bringing the National Climate Assessment to the World

The 2014 National Climate Assessment was released by the White House on May 6. Its lead finding is that climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present and its impacts are increasing across the country...more

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Mapping Speed Bumps from Your Mobile 

In Boston, city planning innovators developed a smartphone application called Street Bump that helps the city pinpoint pothole problems and fix them quickly...more

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Contemplating Livability in Rural Areas

It is important for transportation planners to remember that when they talk about livability, they are really talking about a highly personal and idealized perception of how everyday life and transport intertwine...more

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Rail Infographic Shows Safety Management Systems at Work

Rail accidents in the U.S. per million miles traveled have dropped from 11.4 in 1980 to 2.3 in 2012. Our new infographic on proactive safety in the rail industry is an easy-to-read data visualization that shows how safety of railroad operations is improving...more

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