Volpe News: Intermodalism, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and more

Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center

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 Research and Technology


Intermodalism: A 20-Year Perspective


The concept of intermodalism is as familiar today to transportation professionals as dedicated bike lanes. But 20 years ago, intermodalism wasn’t as common; it was just taking hold as a new concept in the federal transportation community.

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"Connecting to America’s Ports: Our Connections to the World"

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. ET

Kurt J. Nagle

President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Association of Port Authorities

Attend the event via webinar or join us in person.

This event is part of the Transportation and the Economy Speaker Series

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

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What Will Vehicle Use Look Like in 30 Years?

With support from Volpe, the Federal Highway Administration is offering new projections on what our miles traveled by vehicle might look like in 30 years...more


Staying on the Rails with Vehicle-Track Interaction

Track and infrastructure failure is the second leading cause of train derailments in the United States. Vehicle-track interaction research investigates wheel-rail contact forces and their consequences to reduce railroad derailments and improve safety...more


Infographic Shows How Technology is Transforming Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration is rolling out the Next Generation Transportation System, NextGen, transforming how air traffic controllers and pilots see our national airspace. Volpe helped develop and deploy the backbone technology called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast...more

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Transportation Drives Economic Competitiveness in Megaregions

America’s metropolitan areas, with 150,000 to 10 million people, account for 70 percent of our gross domestic product...more

Volpe Staff at Local and National Events

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

  • Kevin Green gave a presentation on future fuel economy standards at the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research workshop on November 21 in Cambridge, MA.

  • Kevin Gay gave the keynote speech on automated and connected vehicles at the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe Workshop on Intelligent Transport Systems. Held in Brussels, Belgium, on November 17-18, Gay described how information technology is used in transportation in the U.S.

  • Jane Lappin presented U.S. Department of Transportation research on human factors and next generation transportation at the Japan International Workshop on Automation in Road Transportation.

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