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Posted by U.S. Department of Transportation

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao hosted a celebration at DOT headquarters in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  The event aimed to make Asian Pacific Americans, as well as people from all backgrounds and cultures, more aware of the many opportunities for advancement in public service. 

As part of the event, the Department held two professional development workshops titled “Getting to the Senior Executive Service (SES),”and “Speed Mentoring.”  The workshops offered opportunities for federal employees to develop...

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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

Posted by Daphne Jefferson, Deputy Administrator, FMCSA

If you are one of the more than 800,000 Americans estimated to hire a professional moving company this year, it is important that you understand the process, and know how to spot the “red flags” of moving fraud.

Many of the more than 3,600 complaints our agency received last year contain instances where an unscrupulous company takes advantage of many consumers who do not understand the difference between a broker and a mover.

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Continue Reading Moving Company Vs. Moving Broker: What You Need to Know Before You Hire

Posted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Each year, nearly 11,000 tire-related motor vehicle crashes occur on our Nation’s roads—and nearly 200 people die as a result of those crashes. May 28 – June 3 is National Tire Safety Week, and NHTSA is reminding drivers that proper tire maintenance is essential for safety and for saving on the cost of vehicle ownership. Whether you’re getting ready for a Memorial Day weekend road trip or just performing routine maintenance on your vehicle, don’t forget that your tires are important for safety and savings.

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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...

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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...

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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