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Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

For many it’s clear that spring has sprung when the cherry blossoms emerge or the car is covered in pollen.  At DOT, no matter the temperature outside, you know it’s spring when the crowds arrive for the Washington Nationals’ first home game of the season.  For some of us in the Executive Branch, spring is near when your congressional oversight committees call wanting to schedule hearings.  For me, it’s also when I make reservations to go home for the Kentucky Derby.  In any event, at long last it is spring!        

One of...

Continue Reading Spring Has Sprung @ DOT

Posted by Howard "Skip" Elliott, Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

April is officially National Safe Digging Month, which provides a vital opportunity to highlight the importance of safe digging and excavation as an everyday practice. As the seasonal changes of spring encourage more outdoor activities and projects, from landscaping to mailbox and patio installation, safe digging is critical. Excavation damage is the leading cause of serious pipeline incidents and has led to injuries, environmental damage, and even death.

Although excavation and pipeline damage is the foremost cause of pipeline incidents, it is also the most preventable. The number...

Continue Reading Proper Prior Planning Prevents Punctured Pipeline Panic #Call811Not911

Posted by US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Summer and fall are the peak seasons for road construction to make needed improvements on our nation’s highways and streets.  Road work can be a very dangerous occupation as motor vehicles are speeding by, too often in excess of posted speed limits, with drivers distracted and not focused on the road around them.  In 2016, 143 construction workers were killed by motor vehicles in road work zones.  This loss of life is tragic and preventable, primarily by drivers being more careful. 

Nearly 800 people were killed and tens of thousands injured in road work zones in...

Continue Reading National Work Zone Awareness Week

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao lauded the many achievements of U.S. women in transportation during Celebrating Women in Transportation: Land, Air and Sea, a Women’s History Month (WHM) program at DOT headquarters.  The Department partnered with the Virginia Tech Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) student chapter and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) to produce the event.

“The Department is committed to helping build the next generation of women leaders in transportation,” said Secretary Chao. In 2015, 1/3 of women had a B.A...

Continue Reading U.S. DOT Celebrates Women's History Month

Posted by Brandye L. Hendrickson, Acting Federal Highway Administrator

When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. Every minute, hour, and day matters when making damage assessments in the aftermath of a powerful hurricane, flood, or storm. Technology saves time and can be critical to efforts to get roads and bridges open to traffic again after a natural disaster, especially when the damage is widespread and difficult to access.

That’s why the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed an app to replace detailed, time-consuming paper surveys and inspection reports on the damage required under the agency’s Emergency Relief (ER) and...

Continue Reading Help is Only a Click Away - Innovative App Developed by FHWA helps States Recover Quickly After Natural Disasters

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs

On Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m., much of the nation will move their clocks forward – as we “spring ahead” to Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Did you know that the DOT and DST have a shared history that began with the railroad industry?

In 1883, U.S. and Canadian railroads adopted a four-zone system to govern their operations and reduce the confusion resulting from some 100 conflicting locally established “sun times” observed in terminals across the country.

Local decisions on which time zone to adopt were usually influenced by the time used by local railroad companies....

Continue Reading The Railroad Industry's Pivotal Role in Daylight Saving Time

Posted by the Federal Transit Administration

Rosa Parks Portrait

Rosa Parks remains one of the most recognizable figures of the Civil Rights era after she famously refused to give up her seat on a city bus in 1955. After defying a Montgomery, Alabama ordinance that required African Americans to sit in the back of the bus and comply with requests to move for white passengers, Parks was arrested. Following her arrest, the African American community organized a city-wide bus boycott that lasted close...

Continue Reading From Desegregation to Accessibility: Americans Take 5.3 Billion Bus Trips Each Year