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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.

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

Instead of cars driving as individual units on highways, automated driving systems (ADS) allow cars to connect and exchange information, enabling coordinated movements. That can mean more capacity on roads, and faster, more efficient travel.

In one study, a car platooning proof-of-concept with five Cadillacs with automated longitudinal control was tested and evaluated at Aberdeen...

Continue Reading How an Automated Car Platoon Works

Posted by The Federal Transit Administration

Transportation is a lifeline for residents of tribal communities. Residents in these communities often must travel many miles to reach jobs, healthcare and other basic services.

That’s why the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded nearly $5 million in grants to help tribal communities provide public transportation on tribal lands.

FTA’s Tribal Transit Program makes funds available to federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages, groups or communities to support capital projects, operating costs and planning activities for public transportation...

Continue Reading DOT Awards Grants for Transit Needs of U.S. Tribes

Posted by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Administrator Maritime Administration

The United States’ 100 ports are essential drivers of the American economy providing $1.5 trillion in U.S. foreign trade and nearly 400,000 jobs. The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) is a good example of the impact ports have on the nation’s economic growth and sustainability.  

I recently had the opportunity to visit Port NOLA to get a firsthand look at their operations. The Port of New Orleans handles...

Continue Reading Maritime Administration Building Economic Growth in the Port of New Orleans

Posted by the DOT Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON – In late-breaking news, the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved an application submitted by a Mr. Kris Kringle (d/b/a “Santa Claus”) for special air transportation operating authority.

According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, that authority is limited to a single night, December 24-25.  Kringle has outfitted his vehicle, an “airborne sleigh,” with an “8 RP-reindeerpower engine” and has on hand a ninth reindeer equipped with supplemental safety and...

Continue Reading Santa Cleared for Takeoff by Sec. Chao and FAA

Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

As we prepare for the holidays, I want to thank you again for welcoming a new team and for your work to advance the Department’s mission for our country.  Together, we accomplished a great deal!

When an explosive fire brought down the busy commuter bridge on I-85 in Atlanta, the Department worked in partnership with state and local officials to restore and re-open the bridge under budget and ahead of schedule.  When hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in rapid succession caused destruction and disruption in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the...

Continue Reading A Holiday Message from Secretary Chao

Posted by FHWA Associate Administrator Beth Alicandri, Office of Safety

Earlier this month, the Motorcycle Advisory Council (MAC) – a new federal committee created to advise the Federal Highway Administration – met at the National Highway Institute in Arlington, Va., for its inaugural meeting. As directed by Congress, the MAC’s task is to identify engineering-related infrastructure solutions that can reduce fatalities involving motorcyclists. This is no small endeavor. Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 5,286 of the 37,461 roadway fatalities in 2016 involved motorcycles – representing a 5 percent increase over the...

Continue Reading Motorcycle Advisory Council Holds First Meeting, Plans to Help FHWA Reduce Fatalities

Posted by Office of Public Affairs

During this busy holiday travel season, there are various resources on the FAA’s and DOT’s websites that will help make your flight safer, smoother, and more enjoyable.

Know Before You Go.

Before going to the airport, always check your airport status and delays. The FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center offers real-time flight delay information at many of the largest airports. 

Can I pack this?...

Continue Reading Know Before You Go: Holiday Passenger Pre-Flight Check