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

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. Thank...

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

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.

But there is another big competition taking place this August in Pittsburgh that will not only award skills; it will contribute to safer roads in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  This is the 27th annual North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC), which is being held from August 13-17, 2019.  It is organized by the Commercial...

Continue Reading Don’t Miss This Exciting Competition in August!

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

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.  

Also at risk are tow truck drivers, highway workers, utility workers and others whose jobs sometimes require that...

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

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. 

Research has shown that over 90% of fatal traffic crashes involve human error.  The worst mistake a driver can make is being behind the wheel in an impaired condition.  According to a Governors Highway Safety...

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

Few traditions have proved so enduring as New Year’s resolutions.  There are over 167 million Internet search results on the topic of 2019 resolutions.  Most seek to improve health and well-being.  Of course, that is easier said than done.  Still, good to keep trying! 

As Secretary of Transportation, I’d like to propose some New Year’s Resolutions that are easy to accomplish and, if widely adopted, would save thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of injuries in 2019.  Such as:    

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

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) theme for 2018 — “Show Some Love” — rings true at DOT.  Since 2005, DOT employees in the D.C. metropolitan area alone have contributed over $18 million through CFC.  Overall, federal employees contribute about $100 million every year through CFC.

The tax-deductible contributions that federal employees make through CFC do an enormous amount of good, for so many and in so many ways!  Over 20,000 nonprofit charitable organizations worldwide participate in the CFC.  These range from small, local area groups to...

Continue Reading CFC: Spreading Cheer Throughout the Year

Posted by US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao

“With the passing of President George H.W. Bush, our country has lost a heroic patriot, distinguished statesman and loving patriarch of an eminent American family, who dedicated his life to serving others. I was honored to serve as Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Peace Corps during his Presidency, becoming one of the many young people who benefited from his expansive vision to move our country forward. America celebrates the legacy and achievements of this extraordinary leader as he is laid to rest.”

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Continue Reading Statement of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao on the Lying-in-State of President George H.W. Bush at the U.S. Capitol

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

Distributed to all USDOT employees:

On Veterans Day, November 11th, we honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. They put themselves in harm’s way to safeguard our freedoms and protect our country. 

Each year, more than 200,000 members of our military services transition to civilian life. I’m proud the Department plays a role in making these transitions successful by actively recruiting and hiring veterans, who make up 29 percent of the DOT workforce.

In addition, this year the Department launched two new programs to help veterans...

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

America’s transportation systems and infrastructure are fundamental to our nation’s security, safety and quality of life.  That is why the Department’s Crisis Management Center (CMC) monitors America’s transportation systems and infrastructure 24-hours a day, every day.  And that’s why I visited the CMC on my first day as Secretary of Transportation.

The CMC’s around-the-clock vigilance was instituted after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The men and women staffing the CMC are key to enabling the Department to develop and execute timely, coordinated responses...

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

Safety is our #1 priority here at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  We work on improving safety every day and approach it from every angle – including infrastructure design and funding, vehicle design and operating standards.  Across all our modes we strive to address the leading cause of transportation injuries and fatalities:  human error. 

This week, NHTSA released the 2017 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data.  The 1.8% decrease in fatalities compared to 2016 was welcome news.  But 37,133 people died in 2017 in motor vehicle traffic...

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