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Posted by the Federal Railroad Administration

Winter is still here, at least it is in some parts of the United States. And since it’s here, snow and ice can create unfavorable driving conditions—making both roads and rails slick, and potentially increasing the chance of your car having a hard time crossing railroad tracks.

That leads to this question: If your car gets stuck on a railroad track, would you know what to do?

First, get everyone out of the car.  This may sound simple, but drivers often...

Continue Reading Cross with Care: How to Stay Safe at Railroad Crossings in Inclement Weather

Posted by Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Today marks my first month’s return to the Department!   The Vice President had presided over my swearing-in and my family was able to attend.  The past first four weeks have been filled with meetings, briefings, visits, consultations and outreach to you, members of congress and key stakeholders to be updated on the current issues facing the Department and our country. 

This past weekend, I met with a number of governors and spoke to the National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting on “Innovation & Infrastructure.”   The nation’s infrastructure...

Continue Reading Highlights

Posted by PHMSA Office of Government, International, and Public Affairs Acting Director Patricia Klinger

Whether they are emergency responders, city planners, pipeline operators, homeowners, students or just curious neighbors, it’s important for community members to know where pipelines are located so they can be avoided or found, serviced and monitored.

The U.S. Department of Transportation offers an excellent resource for learning more about local pipelines. The National Pipeline Mapping System’s (NPMS) Public Map Viewer includes interactive maps showing the locations of...

Continue Reading How to locate pipelines: National Pipeline Mapping System

Posted by Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Butch Waidelich

Each day this week, we are observing National Engineers Week – an enthusiastic celebration of the contributions millions of engineers have made, and continue to make, to society as a whole – and extending a heartfelt welcome to the next generation of engineers.

For the last three days, we have highlighted a president who was an engineer or used engineering during his career.  Our fourth in this series requires some mythbusting.

Many Americans know that Jimmy Carter was America’s 39th president, and many know he served aboard Seawolf-class submarines in the U.S. Navy....

Continue Reading From Engineering to Peanuts to the Presidency

Posted by Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Butch Waidelich

All week long, we are observing National Engineers Week – a week-long celebration of the many contributions engineers have made to our lives and to society as a whole – and extending a heartfelt welcome to the next generation of engineers.

Throughout the 1920s, America was in love with cars. Henry Ford was still a leading manufacturer, but he was hardly the only one.  By 1928, 24.7 million cars and trucks were on the road – which was twice the amount of only...

Continue Reading The President Who Was a Mining Engineer

Posted by US DOT Public Affairs

In 2015, 384 people died in 238 general aviation accidents. Loss of Control (LOC) was the number one cause of these accidents, and it happens in all phases of flight. It can happen anywhere and at any time.

To help save lives, the Federal Aviation Administration is working with industry to prevent LOC accidents. Each month the FAA provides pilots with an LOC solution. This month they are focusing on personal minimums.

Personal minimums are the minimum...

Continue Reading Pilot Safety: Developing Personal Minimums

Posted by FHWA Acting Deputy Administrator Butch Waidelich

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...

Continue Reading President Lincoln, Transportation Engineer

Posted by USDOT Public Affairs

This morning, the Department of Transportation (US DOT) hosted an event in Washington, DC, to commemorate African American Heritage Month. The program highlighted the many contributions of African Americans to the nation and to transportation in particular.  The Washington Mathematics Science Technology Charter School made a Color Guard presentation and the Department’s own Paulette Grady led the National Anthem. 

Maureen Bunyan, a 44-...

Continue Reading U.S. DOT Headquarters Hosts African-American Heritage Event

Posted by FHWA Acting Deputy Administrator Butch Waidelich

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...

Continue Reading FHWA Salutes America’s ‘First Engineer’