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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

Posted by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson

Buy a new suit for the new job. Make sure the kids are enrolled for the next school year. Find a new doctor. These are all items that might be on your to-do list when planning a move.

If you are one of the approximately 35 million Americans who are planning to move this year, let me add one more item that should be at the top of the list: Check out the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s “Protect Your Move” website.


Continue Reading With Moving Season Underway, FMCSA Reminds You to ‘Protect Your Move’

Posted by USDOT Public Affairs

Residents of cities and towns across the country deserve clean air and efficient transit options. America’s entrepreneurs and forward-thinking transit manufacturers have the knowledge and innovative spirit to make both a reality.

To help local transit agencies connect with American companies that can help them better serve their residents, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced in April that $55 million in...

Continue Reading FTA Announces Funding for Low and No Emission Bus Programs

Posted by USDOT Public Affairs

It’s National Bike Month, a time when everyone who rides a bike should refresh their cycling safety knowledge and spend time thinking about ways to stay safe when riding. It’s also a time when parents and teachers should teach young people the safety basics when using roads and sidewalks, and a natural part of that conversation includes staying safe when on foot.

To help parents and teachers begin that conversation, the Federal Highway Administration provides a video series, the ...

Continue Reading The Pedestrian Safer Journey

Posted by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

As the weather warms, Americans are stepping out of their cars to walk, bicycle, or motorcycle to their destination. Unfortunately, while Americans increasingly choose transportation alternatives, motor vehicle crash-related pedestrian and cyclist deaths are also on the rise. With this in mind, and as we recognize May as National Bike Month, it is more important than ever for everyone to Share the Road

In 2015, America endured a large and significant spike in motor vehicle fatalities, with a 9 percent and an 8.3 percent jump in pedestrian and motorcyclist deaths...

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Posted by The USDOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. The importance these small businesses hold in our economy is why every year since 1963 the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

This year Small Business Week is April 30 - May 6, and we want small business owners to know that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s...

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Posted by USDOT Office of Public Affairs

It’s generally safer when riding a bike on the road to stay to the right so cars can pass, but in some circumstances it’s actually safer to “take the lane,” which means to move to the center of a lane and essentially assert control of the space.

Taking the lane might not be the first thing cyclists think of when considering bike safety, but it’s an important topic covered in the Federal Highway Administration’s video series Bicycle Safer Journey, which is a suite of...

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