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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 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 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 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

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

The U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center will welcome Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Age Lab, on December 13 at noon ET as part of its speaker series The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System.

The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System continues the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s...

Continue Reading MIT’s Joseph Coughlin to Discuss Mobility and Aging This Week at the U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center

Posted by FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams

One of my more memorable experiences since becoming FTA acting administrator a few months ago was taking the wheel of a virtual bus as part of a state-of-the-art simulation exercise at the New Flyer Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC) in Anniston, Alabama.

During the October grand opening ceremony of the VIC, a manufacturing lab and training facility for new-technology buses, I drove a simulation bus used for operator training. It opened my eyes to the challenges bus operators face every day, even though my track was mostly obstacle free. Moreover, I took a front seat to the high-tech...

Continue Reading Taking a Front Seat to Technology at New Flyer's Vehicle Innovation Center

Posted by DOT Public Affairs

With Thanksgiving only a week away, Americans are in the midst of one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.  As millions of passengers take to the skies, DOT is here to help make their trips as smooth as possible.

Today, DOT rolled out the first phase of an effort to redesign its airline consumer website to better help air travelers understand their rights.  The improved design and streamlined pages will help consumers access needed information before, during, and after their flights now that the busy holiday...

Continue Reading DOT Relaunches Airline Consumer Website