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Posted by America Walks

It’s the most basic form of transportation, the one available to most of us regardless of age, the size of our bank accounts, or access to other options. It’s non-polluting, builds community cohesion and can dampen crime. And it’s something almost all of us could use far more of. In fact, it is tough to find a social, economic, or ecological problem it couldn’t help to address. Yet for too many Americans, walking remains far more perilous than it should be.

For the second year in a row, traffic deaths across the U.S. have spiked amid low gas prices, a recovering economy, lax laws...

Continue Reading Making Our Streets and Communities Safer and More Healthy

Posted by The Maritime Administration

Three hundred million tons of cargo--close to the weight of more than 20,000 Brooklyn Bridges, that’s the amount of cargo delivered by the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. Delivering 17 million pounds of torpedoes, tanks and fuel hourly by 1945, without these mariners, victory would have been impossible.

Described as the “fourth arm of defense” by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the U.S. Merchant Marine had one of the highest death rates of all the services. Nearly one in thirty mariners did not survive the conflict. A service comprised solely of willing Americans,...

Continue Reading Why Do We Celebrate Maritime Day?

Posted by USDOT Public Affairs

On May 18, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal at the site of Atlanta’s new Interstate 85 bridge for a ceremonial reopening, less than seven weeks after the blaze that caused its collapse.

She told the crowd gathered there that, “The workers who helped to make today possible – the men and women who worked tirelessly to build this bridge – have impressed the nation and earned our thanks.  The real heroes are right here, among us.  Each one of them represents America’s best.”

The bridge work was completed a month ahead of...

Continue Reading I-85 Bridge in Atlanta Reopens Ahead of Schedule Thanks to Excellent Federal and State Collaboration

Posted by USDOT Public Affairs

Across the country, thousands of employees are forgoing their comfortable car ride to work in favor of a healthier, greener alternative—their bicycle. Let’s help keep our colleagues safe today, and every day.

In 2015, America endured a large and significant spike in motor vehicle fatalities, with 818 bicyclist deaths, accounting for 2.3 percent of all traffic fatalities during the year. Seventy percent of these cyclists were in urban areas, like Washington, D.C. These tragic statistics are an urgent reminder that drivers behind the wheels of cars and trucks do not enjoy sole right...

Continue Reading National Bike to Work Day

Posted by NHTSA Public Affairs

With endless new vehicle safety technologies coming to market, one safety technology remains a constant in every vehicle: the seat belt. This basic foundation of safer driving saved 13,941 lives in 2015, alone. However, 2,804 additional lives could have been saved if everyone had buckled up. That’s why NHTSA remains committed to convincing every American to always buckle up—every trip, every time.

Between 1960 and 2012, seat belts saved 329,715 lives, more than all other vehicle technologies combined. Thanks to a combination of the enforcement of seat belt laws and public awareness...

Continue Reading Buckle Up Every Trip, Every Time

Posted by The Federal Transit Administration

Buses make up the backbone of every public transportation system in America, transporting people to work, school, health care, and other destinations. They’re also the most widely used form of public transportation in the United States, with as many as 48,000 buses on the roads in any given rush hour. This week, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) held its annual Bus and Paratransit conference in Reno, Nevada, where more than 1,000 transit providers shared their knowledge and learned more about operations, maintenance, and transformative technologies. Matt Welbes, the...

Continue Reading FTA at Bus Conference: Partnerships Keep America on the Move

Posted by The Federal Railroad Administration

National Train Day was created in 2008 as a way to promote rail travel and its rich history in the U.S.  It has been observed annually on or around May 10, the anniversary commemorating completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 when the Golden Spike was ceremonially driven at Promontory Summit in Utah.  This year, National Train Day is May 13.

Railroads are vital to our nation’s intermodal transportation network and economy.  Passenger trains connect people to work, school and family.  So naturally, every...

Continue Reading Happy National Train Day

Posted by Shari Schaftlein, Federal Highway Administration

The two-wheeling event of the school year is finally here. Today, thousands of communities will be kicking it into high gear to celebrate the fun and value of pedaling to school.

Each year, participation in Bike to School Day grows and it’s thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of students, families, school administrations, departments of transportation, elected officials and community leaders nationwide. Already, over 2,500 schools and communities across the...

Continue Reading Get Ready to Roll. It’s National Bike to School Day!

Posted by USDOT Public Affairs


Photo courtesy of AECOM

The Fiscal Times today praised Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao’s approach to infrastructure spending. Below are excerpts from that article, which is titled “The Biggest Barrier to Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Is Red Tape.”

“Given the overwhelming (and rare) bipartisan enthusiasm for infrastructure spending, it’s tempting for the Trump White House to charge ahead, on the assumption that...

Continue Reading Chao Lauded in Fiscal Times Column

Posted by The Federal Transit Administration

In San Francisco, riders of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) commuter rail are all too familiar with the challenge of finding a parking spot at transit stations on weekdays. With thousands of people – 35,000, at last count – on waiting lists to purchase limited monthly permits for BART parking lots, local officials are encouraging transit riders to carpool to maximize potential for daily parking.

At an Federal Transit Administration-hosted mobility workshop in...

Continue Reading Sharing Ideas on Innovation in Transit