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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

Posted by The Office of Public Affairs

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Black History Month celebrates African-Americans’ contributions to American history and development.  This month the U.S. Department of Transportation will feature biographies of African American inventors and pioneers whose courage, inspiration and determination helped transform the transportation industry of America.

Frederick McKinley Jones (May 17, 1893- February 21, 1961)

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Continue Reading Frederick Jones: National Medal of Technology Recipient

Posted by Office of Public Affairs

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Black History Month celebrates African-Americans’ contributions to American history and development.  This month the U.S. Department of Transportation will feature biographies of African American inventors and pioneers whose courage, inspiration and determination helped transform the transportation industry of America.

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Continue Reading Elijah J. McCoy: "The real McCoy"

Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

The U.S. Department of Transportation was named last Friday by the Partnership for Public Service (PPS) as one of the top four “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.”  This is an improvement from 2016, when DOT ranked 8th and a leap from 2009, when the department ranked last among large federal agencies.

Credit goes to everyone at DOT who contributes to a workplace atmosphere of positive and productive collaboration in achieving the Department’s vital mission on behalf of the American people! 

The annual rankings and supportive data provide insights into...

Continue Reading Best Places to Work – DOT Reaches Top 4

Posted by FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams

For decades, transit agencies have provided safe and efficient service on subways, light rail systems, buses and other modes. Transit agencies today are working to improve their performance and meet riders’ evolving needs with technology-based innovations.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) continues to support Secretary Elaine L. Chao’s priority regarding innovation across the transit industry through its Research, Innovation and Deployment Office. Assisting the transit industry in adopting tried – and...

Continue Reading Promoting Innovation at the Federal Transit Administration

Posted by The Federal Transit Administration

Did you know that Americans took 10.2 billion trips on public transportation in 2016 and that transit ridership has increased 26 percent during the last 20 years?

These facts come from the National Transit Database (NTD), a trove of statistics and information about public transportation in the United States. Established by Congress in 1974, the NTD is the nation’s primary source of publicly available data on transit systems across the country. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) manages the NTD and uses the data to allocate Federal...

Continue Reading National Transit Database Provides Key Stats on Public Transportation in the U.S.