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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...

Continue Reading A Veterans Day Message

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...

Continue Reading USDOT’s Crisis Management Center: Ready & Able 24/7/365

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...

Continue Reading Think & Drive… & Ride & Walk

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

Our country begins this week with a collective outpouring of concern and prayers for our fellow Americans who have suffered the wrath, or are still in the path, of Hurricane Florence. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Crisis Management Center has been working around the clock to support the efforts of state and local officials during the hurricane.  I want to recognize the first responders in harm’s way as well as our DOT employees working in challenging and often dangerous conditions to help.  I have been in contact with the governors in the affected...

Continue Reading USDOT Mobilizes to Help Hurricane-Impacted Communities

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

Seventeen years have passed since terrorists attacked our country on September 11, 2001.  The horrific events of that day will never be forgotten.  And the innocent people who perished, their families and loved ones live on in our thoughts and in our hearts.  As we remember them, I would also like to pay special tribute to our DOT colleagues who played such a key role in safeguarding our country on that day and in the aftermath.

While it’s all part of history, it’s good to remind those who weren’t there of the extraordinary actions taken that day. To ensure that all...

Continue Reading Remembering September 11, 2001

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

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (September 9-15) is occurring this year just as Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast.  Millions of people are going to be especially grateful in the coming days for the truck drivers who will be delivering food, fuel and other critical supplies.  Many of the men and women driving these trucks will be braving adverse road and weather conditions to get their loads through to communities. 

When a disaster causes store shelves to empty, gas pumps to shut off and electrical grids to shut down, America’s truck drivers...

Continue Reading National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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

It is back-to-school time in the U.S., which means 50 million more reasons drivers should concentrate on driving safely -- especially around schools, school buses, bus stops, crosswalks and bicycles.   About 50 million students attend America’s public elementary and secondary schools.  Over 35 million are in prekindergarten through 8th grade.  Most have been on summer break and will be heading back to school in the coming weeks.  Kids will be commuting to school on foot, by bicycle and by school bus or private vehicles. 

Nearly 300 children were killed in...

Continue Reading Drivers Be Aware: It’s Back-to-School Time

Posted by Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson

Another section of Interstate 11 opened this month in Boulder City, Nevada, not far from Las Vegas. The Nevada Department of Transportation in partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada are to be commended for completing the construction of the first phase of I-11. 

The Federal Highway Administration supported this outstanding project with nearly $400 million in federal funding.

It’s an exemplary project in supporting many of our goals, including enhanced safety, less congestion and more efficient movement of freight. 

The...

Continue Reading Another Stretch of America's Newest Interstate Opens Outside Las Vegas

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

For decent people, it is unbelievable to learn that in this day and age something so horrible as slavery still exists.  But that’s what “human trafficking” is and it is happening all over the world, including America.  Human trafficking encompasses victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation coerced or deceived into jobs that they can’t leave.  It is happening in rural and urban areas across our country.  It could well be occurring in your own zip code.  Of particular relevance to DOT, America’s roadways, railways, airways, and waterways are being used to...

Continue Reading Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking