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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

Posted by The Maritime Administration

As a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point ’79), Admiral Buzby understands the benefits of receiving a well-rounded maritime education because of the role that our commercial mariners play in our country’s security and overall economic success.  In our global economy driven by trade through seaports, it is vital to educate and train our future maritime leaders. Our nation’s economic growth is dependent on the skills that we teach our mariners who protect our country’s marine borders and protect American interests around the globe.

The U.S. military relies on...

Continue Reading Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby Visits Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School

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

The FAA projects that by 2021, the fleet of hobbyist and commercial remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) will reach 4 million.

However, there are several technical, operational, and regulatory challenges related to integrating routine RPA operations in the National Airspace System (NAS). The most prominent obstacle is the inability of an RPA operator to see-and-avoid other aircraft, as required by federal regulations. Approved mitigations for the absence of a see-and-avoid capability, such as a ground-based visual observer or a visual observer onboard a chase aircraft, are not always...

Continue Reading Safely Integrating Drones into the National Airspace