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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

Posted by Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson

Today, I joined Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Mike Lewis and other state and local officials in Denver for the groundbreaking of the I-70 reconstruction project or “Central 70,” as it’s referred to locally.

For anyone working, living in or visiting Denver, Central 70 is going to be a really, REALLY, big deal.

How big?

$1.2 billion big. That includes a $416 million loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, $114 million in Private Activity Bonds allocated by DOT, and $50...

Continue Reading CDOT's Central 70 is a Monunmental Public-Private Partnership That Will Bring Big Benefits to the Mile High City

Posted by the U.S. DOT's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) gathers data on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to understand how the U.S. highway system is being used. But it’s also important to know how the system is performing.

FHWA turned to economists at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Volpe Center to develop a statistic that would provide insight on national roadway performance. Volpe estimated...

Continue Reading Estimating Vehicle Hours of Travel

Posted by Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby

Merchant mariner numbers may be at a low in the U.S., but the men and women of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) have increased their operating days by 245% from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to FY 2017.

This year’s missions have included some of the largest ammunition movements since the Vietnam War – which the RRF crane ships are exceptionally cut out for; unit resupply to various theaters around the world, and movement of rotating forces including supporting the Canadian military. The Aviation Maintenance Ship SS Wright even received flight deck certification for the MV-22 Osprey aircraft –...

Continue Reading Ready Reserve Force Vessels Stand Ready

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership announced the release of Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, a year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system. The study is a definitive and detailed report documenting the many contributions made by the Great Lakes Seaway system* to federal, state/provincial and local economies.

The study reports that in 2017 maritime commerce supported:

  • 237,868 jobs
  • $35 billion in economic activity
  • $14.2 billion in personal...

Continue Reading Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Releases 2018 Economic Impact Study