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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...

Continue Reading How DOT is Helping Truckers Expedite Delivery of Groceries and Medical Supplies

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...

Continue Reading Modernizing the Infrastructure Permitting Process

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

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.

Education is key to getting ahead, and in the United States we’ve worked hard to get that message to young women. Beginning in 1995, women in the U.S. began to access higher education in greater numbers than men. In 2015, 60 percent of women age 25 and older had completed some college or more, compared with about 58 percent for men. And roughly a...

Continue Reading Importance of STEM Education

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...

Continue Reading The Future of Rural Mobility

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

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.”   

The national day of volunteer service is a wonderful opportunity to participate...

Continue Reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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

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. 

AV technologies are not yet advanced enough to enable wide-scale...

Continue Reading Preparing for the Future with AV 4.0

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

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:

  • Buckle Up: 
    • Buckling up is one of the safest choices you...

Continue Reading 2020 New Year’s Resolutions

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...

Continue Reading Special 9/11 Message from the Secretary

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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