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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...

Continue Reading A Message from the Secretary

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

Posted by Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Since 2008, the National Pipeline Mapping System’s Public Viewer – a web-based geographic information system (GIS) – has enabled the public to view layered maps of hazardous liquid and gas transmission pipelines in a given area.

With PHMSA’s new...

Continue Reading Want to Know if There are Energy Pipelines Near You? There’s an App for that!

Posted by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

American air travelers want – and deserve – the best airport facilities in the world. For decades, federal support has been a key factor in improving the safety and efficiency of our nation’s airports and making sure they remain a vital contributor to the nation’s transportation system.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now continuing that critical financial contribution with grants to 584 airports totaling $527.8 million. The FAA’s airport grant...

Continue Reading FAA’s Airport Grant Program Ensures Safe and Efficient Airports Across the Country

Posted by US Department of Transportation

Autonomous vehicle technologies have captured America’s imagination. The reason is simple: their potential to reduce and even eliminate the devastating loss of life to road deaths worldwide.

According to World Health Organization, motor vehicle-related crashes killed 1.3 million people in 2015. In the United States alone, we lost 35,092 people to road deaths in 2015—a spike of more than 7 percent above the previous year.

Autonomous Vehicles on road

With 94 percent of...

Continue Reading Autonomous Vehicles Driving Us Toward a Zero Death Future

Posted by the Secretary of Transportation

A Special Message From Secretary Elaine L. Chao

On this Memorial Day, we pay tribute to our veterans and to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free.

This Saturday, I was honored to participate in a wreath laying at the Lt.  B. R. Kimlau American Legion Post 1291 in New York.  The outpouring of love, pride and remembrance from the veterans and their families made the occasion so touching and special. 

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Continue Reading Keep America's Fallen Veterans in Your Thoughts

Posted by Joel Szabat, Executive Director Maritime Administration

When it comes to the American infrastructure, the nation’s small shipyards are leading the way and currently producing some of the most modern and innovative vessels in the world. Many of these shipyards are family owned, with long histories that date back to a time when shipping products actually meant using “ships.” These companies provide quality jobs and support economic growth in cities both large and small, and have been a steadfast foundation in our communities since the founding of the nation.

Many of them will soon benefit from $9.8 million in funding now available through...

Continue Reading Small Shipyard Grants Are Seed Monies for Future Maritime Growth