All week long, America is celebrating National Engineers Week to honor the countless contributions made by engineers to modern life. It’s an annual tradition that should remind us all that engineering and technology are only as good as the people behind them.
Our national transportation architecture takes many forms – from America’s oldest bridge, the 320-year-old Pennypack Creek Bridge in Philadelphia, to the nearly three-mile-long Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (also known as the Whittier Tunnel) in Alaska, which helped the U.S. Navy defend the Pacific Ocean during World War II – as do America’s engineers.
This week, we join thousands of others nationwide to observe National Engineers Week. It’s a week-long celebration of the many contributions engineers have made to our lives and to society as a whole… and a heartfelt welcome to the next generation of engineers.
America’s road system depends heavily on engineers – from the civil engineers who design road and bridge projects, to the mechanical, geological, hydrological, electrical and countless other engineers who translate idea into reality. The U.S. highway system is the backbone of the world’s most powerful economy, and engineers make it possible.
The Federal Transit Administration last month issued a Tribal Transit Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), offering $5 million in fiscal year 2017 for transit projects initiated by American Indian and Alaska Native tribes that will compete for funding. The Tribal Transit Program, which connects tribal citizens to vital services and drives economic development in rural areas, complements an annual $30 million formula program.
We all want our children to be as safe as possible in and around our cars – they are indeed our most precious cargo.
Navigating the many decisions that must be made from car seats to teen driving, however, isn’t always easy. Thankfully the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hosts a website that includes pages of useful information regarding the many choices and considerations that must be made in keeping our families safe.
Often referred to as the “Black Edison,” inventor and engineer Granville T. Woods played a key role in modernizing America’s railroad industry.
Compared to the likes of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison but often left out of history books, Woods devoted his life to developing new electrical, mechanical and communication devices that are still used today.
U.S. large airlines set three annual records in 2016 that were good news for fliers, based on data released today by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
Cancellations: The 12 airlines that report on-time data to BTS posted an all-time annual low cancellation rate of 1.17 percent in 2016, the lowest rate in 22 years of comparable numbers since 1995. That rate was down from 1.54 percent in 2015 and below the previous record of 1.24 percent in the post 9/11 year of 2002. In September, the airlines set a record low cancellation rate for any month at 0.33 percent. Two months later, in November, the record all-time-low record was broken again at 0.29 percent.
Sometimes the U.S. Department of Transportation’s many agencies, or modes, as they are often called, can be tricky to keep up with. What does each do? Who and what does each serve?
We hope to answer questions about and introduce anyone who is interested in each mode – and a few sub-offices – in a series called 10 Things on US DOT Modes.
TechCrunch.com recently wrote about Kansas City, Mo., becoming a “smart city” by creating a two-mile smart street corridor. The city has added free public Wi-Fi across 50 blocks, 125 LED streetlights that respond to activity, kiosks where people can learn about transportation options and city services.
On Wednesday, the final 2016 Transportation Services Index (TSI) from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) showed activity in the for-hire freight sector at a record high in December. The December peak – equal to the all-time high in July – capped a rebound in 2016 freight activity from a 2015 decline that left the measure of freight shipments slightly above the December 2014 level.
The index has climbed 31.7 percent since the low point of the recession in April 2009, but it rose only 0.8 percent in the two-year period since the end of 2014. That period couples a 2.0 percent loss in 2015 with a 2.9 percent gain in 2016. During 2016, the index peaked in both July and December.
Leading up to this year’s Super Bowl, we posted several messages about SaferRide, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mobile app that helps individuals find a safe ride home if they’ve had too much to drink or otherwise believe they need help getting home.
SaferRide isn’t the only mobile app created by US DOT agencies that keeps travelers across the country safe. There are apps to help you find safe bus companies, fly your drones safely and legally, and keep your car and its passengers safe.