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Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

On Tuesday, May 15th, 20,000 officers, survivors of the fallen and guests will gather at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol for the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. This poignant service includes a reading of the Roll Call of Heroes, which will commemorate law enforcement officers who perished last year. Their names will later be added to the Wall of Remembrance at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. 

These solemn ceremonies and memorials help ensure that our nation forever remembers the brave men and women in blue who made the...

Continue Reading Peace Officers Memorial Day – May 15

Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

As summer nears, it is evident in the garage at DOT headquarters that we count among our colleagues many bicyclists and motorcyclists.  For their sake and the benefit of all bicyclists and motorcyclists, May is National Bike Month and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and DOT will be helping expand the reach of these safety campaigns.  Sadly, there is urgent and ongoing need for these efforts. 

 

At DOT, we are working every day to make roads safer through infrastructure improvements, technology and greater...

Continue Reading Making Bicycling and Motorcycling Safer

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs

Every year, Federal employees across the country are responsible for many noteworthy and inspiring accomplishments that are seldom recognized or celebrated. The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, known as the Sammies, highlight excellence in our federal workforce and inspire other talented and dedicated individuals to go into public service.

The Sammies are a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process. Named for the Partnership for Public Service’s late ...

Continue Reading The Oscars of Federal Service: A USDOT Employee Among the Finalists

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