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At the World Economic Forum this week, I’ve had the opportunity to share some of the best practices being developed in the U.S. to mitigate the risks involved in government permitting delays. These delays are becoming too commonplace, as permitting regulations at all levels have grown more complex, duplicative and burdensome.

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I just attended the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, and had the opportunity to highlight the need to pay attention to the transportation needs of rural, as well as urban, communities.  In many countries, including the United States, rural transportation networks are vital to economic growth, creating opportunity, and ensuring that no one is left behind in the 4th Industrial Revolution.    

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Earlier this week, at the Annual World Economic Forum, I participated in a discussion on the future of gender parity. We have come a long way since I started in the workforce, but there is still more that can be done to achieve this goal.

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On Monday, January 20, America celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In addition to being a Federal holiday, Monday has also been designated by Congress as a national day of volunteer service to honor Dr. King and his vision for our Nation.  2020 marks the 25th anniversary of this day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. 

Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.”   

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At the U.S. Department of Transportation, we are always working on ways to make transportation safer, more accessible, and better for everyone—today and in the future!  Automated vehicle technologies is a rapidly evolving arena, with potential to save thousands of lives every year and improve quality of life through reduced traffic congestion and increased productivity. AVs would restore mobility for millions of people who face transportation challenges, such as the elderly and people with disabilities. 

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2020 has arrived and many are carefully selecting New Year’s Resolutions. Establishing challenging yet achievable goals is the essence of New Year’s Resolutions, a tradition that dates back 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians.

While participating in this timeless tradition, I would like to promote a resolution that everyone can do together in 2020: Safer driving.

Here are a few ways that could save thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of injuries in 2020:

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years since terrorists attacked our country on September 11, 2001. As we honor the heroes of that day, and commemorate those who perished, I want to pay special tribute to our DOT colleagues who played such a critical role in safeguarding our national airspace, roads, bridges, tunnels and other forms of transportation on that day. Their magnificent efforts continue to inspire gratitude and pride. This year I once again have the honor of attending the special 9/11 ceremony at the Pentagon at which the President and the First Lady also participated.

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There are many competitions taking place this August, including the Pan American Games in Peru, and the extreme sports X Games, being held in Minneapolis.  August also sees the start of the US Open tennis championship.

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Move Over.  It’s the Law.

If your car has ever broken down or had a flat tire, leaving you stranded on the side of a road, you know how dangerous and unnerving it can be.  Cars and trucks speeding by just inches away leaves too little margin for error and could so easily result in a disastrous crash.  America’s first responders – police, fire, EMT’s – face this peril every day in the line of duty.  

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With more people on the road than ever before – including pedestrians and bicyclists -- it has never been more important for all road users to be sober and solely focused on safe travel.  But two developments in the past decade have set back these traffic safety goals:  increased drug-impaired driving and increased cell phone use while driving. 

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