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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. 

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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

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 Celebrating the 50th Annual Secretary’s Awards Ceremony

Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Don’t forget to fall back this Sunday, November 5 at 2 a.m., as Daylight Saving Time ends. This is a wonderful time of year to check off a few other housekeeping details, including checking your smoke detector batteries and taking a moment to check for vehicle safety recalls. Adding this to your spring and fall safety routines keeps you and your family safe all year long. You can also take the opportunity to check for safety recalls for child car seats and tires. To see a list of open recalls, visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls.

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Continue Reading Fall Back, then Check for Vehicle Recalls

Posted by Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many people throughout the FHWA and across the nation wore pink on Friday to raise awareness and to remember those affected.

Group of FHWA employees wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Earlier this month, the American Cancer Society reported that breast cancer death rates fell almost 40 percent over the last 25 years. Researchers attribute this to screening and early detection by self-exams, mammography and improvements...

Continue Reading FHWA Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Office of Public Affairs

With the arrival of Halloween and the end of Daylight Saving Time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding Americans to drive safely, keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters, and never drink and drive. As the clocks turn back the weekend of November 5, drivers and pedestrians should also be aware of the safety challenges that occur during the shorter days of fall and winter. 

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Continue Reading Tis the Season to Drive with focus, avoid the Safety Hocus Pocus