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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

This year’s theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month is: “Hispanics: Be Proud of your Past and Embrace the Future”.   We join with our Hispanic American colleagues in celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanic Americans to our country.  As one of the fastest growing minority populations in the country, Hispanic Americans’ rich history and cultural diversity enhances American culture and society. Their origins span many countries across multiple continents, all with unique cultures and customs. Through an emphasis on family, hard work and...

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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

I began writing this last Friday, on Interstate 70 en route back to Washington, after attending the 9/11/01 commemoration at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  That morning, I flew there with the President and First Lady.  Stephen Clark, Superintendent of the Flight 93 National Memorial, emceed the ceremony.  The 170-mile drive back to D.C. provided quiet time to reflect on the event, Flight 93’s heroes and the loved ones they left behind, only some of whom were able to be present for the very poignant ceremony.  [This year’s ceremony, due to...

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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Air Traffic Control Day gives a grateful nation an opportunity to thank the men and women who do so much to keep America’s busy skies safe.   Before COVID-19 began affecting air travel, America’s air traffic controllers handled more than 16,100,000 flights year.  More than 14,000 air traffic controllers manage up to 5,000 planes in the air at one time, in 5.3 million square miles of airspace over land, and an additional 24 million square miles over water. 

This is a tough, critical, and high-pressure job under normal conditions, but it was made even harder when COVID-...

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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

America’s vibrant commercial space industry demonstrated impressive new capabilities with two important launches in a period of just 5 days. On May 30, two American astronauts were launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida into orbit aboard an American-built spacecraft for the first time since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011.  NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. The reusable Falcon 9 rocket landed safely onboard SpaceX’s autonomous ship in the Atlantic Ocean. This marked the first...

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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Truckers received  well-deserved public recognition at the White House this week.   I joined President Trump to thank them for working long hours to deliver the medical supplies, food and other goods needed by Americans during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

America’s 3.5 million truck drivers are helping support Americans and the economy with their dedication and skill.  They are true heroes.

The US Department of Transportation has listened to the trucking industry’s concerns, provided Federal regulatory relief, and helped ensure that truck stops...

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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Each year at the Department of Transportation, we make a special effort to recognize and celebrate the important contributions that women are making to transportation, and to our country. During the current national emergency, it is especially appropriate to recognize and celebrate the contributions of senior women leaders right here at the Department—as well as other women leaders in government- responding to the coronavirus national emergency.   I want to give a special shout out to the tremendous women leaders on the White House Coronavirus Task Force—especially Dr. Deborah Birx,...

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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Transportation systems are always important for communities and our country, and never more so than during a crisis.  That’s why so many at the U.S. Department of Transportation are working overtime to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation affecting the U.S. and the world.   

The Department’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA), for example, is working closely with local transit authorities to free up resources to help them deal with COVID-19.  Every year, Americans use mass transit to take more than 10 billion trips.  FTA is taking...

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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

As we’ve seen when regional natural disasters strike, it’s America’s truck drivers who rush to bring in groceries to restock store shelves and lifesaving medical supplies to hospitals.  80 percent of American communities rely solely on trucks for the delivery of goods. 

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) is affecting our entire Nation.  It is vitally important that America’s commercial drivers be able to meet the current heightened demand around the country for transport services.  That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety...

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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

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.

The time taken to complete an environmental impact statement is now almost 5 years on average, and for highways has averaged over 7 years. This has significantly hindered the process for building and rehabilitating roads, bridges, airports, railways, and...

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Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

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.    

Yet many rural communities in the United States continue to face transportation disparities. For example, only 19 percent of Americans live in rural...

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