Preventing Intentional Rail Fatalities, Increasing Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety, and more

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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Volpe The National Transportation Systems Center

U.S. Department of Transportation

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology


Award-Winning Paper Presents Ways to Prevent Intentional Rail Fatalities


Drawing on some novel approaches from around the world, Dr. Scott Gabree, an experimental psychologist, provided an overview of a variety of countermeasures that are being considered by railroads in an attempt to prevent deaths...more


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Transportation and the Economy Speaker Series

Next in the Series: "The Nation's Requirements for an Intermodal Transportation System: A 20-year Perspective"

October 30, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET 

Anne D. Aylward

Volpe's Deputy Associate Administrator for Research, Innovation, and Technology

Attend the event via webinar or join us in person.

Learn more about the other speakers in the series on our website.

Transportation and the Economy Speaker Series

Delivering Efficiency with NextGen

November 18, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Michael G. Whitaker

Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

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Cities Take Steps to Increase Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety

A simple yet promising technology has been proven to save the lives of bicyclists and pedestrians on roadways. That’s why cities such as Boston are taking the initiative to require a new piece of equipment on large trucks...more

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Connecting Transportation Planning and the Environment

Volpe helps transportation agencies introduce environmental considerations early in transportation policy planning...more

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New Speaker Series Examines Transportation Investment as Key Economic Driver

Volpe's new speaker series, Transportation and the Economy, brings together thought leaders and decision makers to discuss key issues related to transportation and its effects on economic growth...more

Yossi Sheffi

Transportation Hubs Anchor Economic Ecosystems

Dr. Yossi Sheffi, a professor of transportation logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently discussed logistics clusters at the first event in Volpe’s newest speaker series Transportation and the Economy...more

Volpe Staff at Local and National Events

Volpe staff were featured at a number of key engagements in October, including the following:  

  • Dr. Stephen Popkin discussed the prevalence, impact, and dangers of drowsy driving on the nation’s roadways during the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) one-day forum titled, “Awake, Alert, Alive: Overcoming the Dangers of Drowsy Driving.” Held in Washington, D.C., on October 21, this forum was in response to the growing concern about driver fatigue on the Nation’s highways.

  • Dr. David Jeong delivered the keynote presentation at the Fifth Symposium on Railroad Tank Cars entitled “FRA Hazmat Tank Car Research: Safety Issues Facing the Tank Car Industry” on October 13. The symposium, part of the 2014 Material Science and Technology Conference, was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

  • Coralie Cooper presented on a panel titled “Aerodynamic Based Regulatory Activity” at the Society of Automotive Engineers Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress in Rosemont, Illinois on October 7. Cooper and other experts from the National Academy of Sciences, Engine Manufacturers Association, Natural Resources Canada, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discussed the regulatory environment associated with improving commercial vehicle aerodynamics and methods.

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