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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...

Continue Reading Traveling by air this summer? DOT has your back.

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...

Continue Reading Paris Air Show Highlights Aviation Industry’s Innovation, Collaboration

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...

Continue Reading FTA Urges States to Meet Deadline for Certification of Rail Transit State Safety Oversight Programs

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...

Continue Reading Father’s Day and the Father of the Interstate

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...

Continue Reading Ride to Work on June 19

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

Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Friday was a historic day for our Department as we hosted the President to close out Infrastructure Week. He visited the Department to highlight the importance of rebuilding and modernizing our nation's infrastructure, and to underscore the key role this Department plays in providing safe, efficient and modern infrastructure for our country.

I want to thank our colleagues who helped and participated in this event.  Putting it together took teamwork and all the hard work could be seen in the packed house and great welcome for the President and his message of infrastructure...

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Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Today, I was proud to join President Donald J. Trump and hundreds of infrastructure workers and stakeholders in the closing event of “Infrastructure Week” at USDOT Headquarters in Washington.

It was a real honor to hear the President outline the Administration’s vision for improving America’s roads, railways, and other infrastructure projects.  We are so fortunate because this President is a builder who understands the challenges facing our country’s infrastructure better than any national leader in recent memory.

I am pleased to announce today that USDOT has published a...

Continue Reading Secretary Chao Joins President Trump in Announcing Historic Infrastructure Regulatory Reform

Posted by US Department of Transportation

Secretary Elaine L. Chao was in Detroit to address the 25th Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference Monday. ESV is a biannual international conference that brings together experts to discuss emerging safety technologies. In the city where Henry Ford first revolutionized the automobile, Secretary Chao and the automotive industry are focused on the next great advances in vehicle safety and, in particular, the benefits of automated vehicle systems.

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Continue Reading An Exciting Time for Safety and Autonomous Vehicles

Posted by Federal Railroad Administration

It’s no secret that safety is one of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) top priorities. At the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), one of our top safety initiatives is the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). PTC is a communication-based system designed to prevent train-to train collisions, over-speed derailments, intrusion into established work zones, and trains routed to the wrong tracks due to a switch error. Here’s how it works: Let’s say a train operator fails to react to a potentially catastrophic situation, like a train-to-train collision. PTC systems will...

Continue Reading FRA and FTA Announce Positive Train Control Grant Recipients