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Posted by U.S. Department of Transportation

Today, National Air Traffic Control Day, and by Presidential Proclamation, “we thank the hard working men and women of the Federal Aviation Administration as we unite behind our shared commitment to safe and efficient management of our skies.”

More than 14,000 highly trained and ever-vigilant FAA air traffic control specialists provide a vital public service to guide pilots, their planes and 2.2 million daily passengers from taxi to takeoff, through the air and back safely on the ground. These certified professional controllers work every...

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Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Happy July 4th!  Hope you, your families, friends and loved ones have a safe and happy Independence Day!  

44 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more for celebratory activities make this among the most traveled July 4th weekends ever!  The U. S. Department of Transportation has the important responsibility of helping to keep the traveling public safe in every mode of transportation.  We thank the professionals working in the Department for their dedication and hard work. 

As we celebrate our nation’s...

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Posted by U.S. Department of Transportation

If you plan to fly or drive to visit family and friends to celebrate Independence Day, please help us keep you and your fellow travelers safe:  leave the fireworks at home. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) want you to arrive at your destination safely.

Fireworks are fun and part of many of our July 4th weekends, but even the smallest firework novelty items such as sparklers, bang snaps, and black snakes are considered explosives and pose a safety risk to...

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Posted by ITS JPO

As our communities become more connected, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) play an important central role in our cities, towns, suburbs, and rural communities, between regions and across state lines. Transportation system managers can best serve vital needs by applying cohesive ITS technology and effectively “connecting the dots” of information from various factors that affect transportation operations, such as  weather, congestion, accidents, and unanticipated emergencies.

A flagship effort of the USDOT ITS program is the...

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Posted by USDOT Public Affairs

If you’re traveling by air this summer, or any time of year, DOT wants you to be aware of the airline passenger protections in place that will ensure that you are treated fairly.

DOT has launched an airline passenger microsite to make it easy for travelers to understand their rights.  The site includes information on tarmac delays, ticketing, fees, bumping, and more.  And if you have an issue before, during, or...

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Posted by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

The Paris Air Show has attracted aviation enthusiasts from around the world since it began in 1909. This year, Secretary Chao and I were lucky enough to be among them.

As the eyes of the aviation world once again turned to Le Bourget, countless manufacturers were on hand to unveil their latest and greatest aircraft. It was fantastic to see so many American companies represented, with Boeing and...

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Posted by Federal Transit Administration

States that operate rail transit systems have less than two years to certify their state safety oversight (SSO) Program or risk the withholding of millions of dollars in Federal funding. Federal public transportation law requires that each state obtain SSO Program certification from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) by April 15, 2019. If a state fails to obtain certification for its SSO Program by the deadline, FTA is prohibited by transportation law from obligating any funds to all public transportation agencies throughout that state until certification is achieved.

With the...

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Posted by Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Butch Waidelich

President Dwight Eisenhower is widely known as the “Father of the Interstate System,” due in part to his experiences with highways in World War II and his years’ of work with Congress to fund a national highway system. With Father’s Day around the corner, it is an important legacy to remember. 

In 1919, just after the end of World War I, young Lt. Col. Eisenhower led the U.S. Army’s Cross-Country Motor Transport Train – a mission to send a convoy of six dozen trucks and other military vehicles across the country. The convoy would take the most famous road of the day – the...

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Posted by USDOT Office of Public Affairs

Rev your engines—June 19 is National Ride to Work Day. The national motorcycle safety initiative is an opportunity to raise awareness about motorcyclist safety, and to remind other motorists to share the road.

In 2015, there were 4,976 motorcyclists (4,684 riders and 292 passengers) killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of more than 8 percent from the 4,586 motorcyclists killed in 2014. From 2013 to 2014, there was actually a decrease (2%) of motorcyclists killed. However, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured during 2015, a 3-percent decrease from the 92,000 motorcyclists...

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Posted by FHWA Associate Administrator for Operations Martin Knopp

According to new data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), drivers are spending more time stuck in rush-hour traffic than ever.  Increased congestion is outpacing system improvements gained from investments in gridlock reduction strategies, such as road widenings, better intermodal connections and traffic and demand management technologies.

Based on data from America’s 52 most populous metropolitan areas, FHWA’s “2016 Urban Congestion Trends” shows that...

Continue Reading America’s Drivers Continue to Spend More Time Stuck in Traffic, 2016 Data Shows