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Posted by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

In addition to its Washington, D.C., headquarters office, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has pipeline safety and hazardous materials safety offices in five regions around the country, and a pipeline inspector training center in Oklahoma City. While many people may hear about happenings from our D.C. office, we’d like to introduce you to PHMSA's Pipeline Inspector Qualifications and Training Division's Training Center to examine the crucial role that it plays in our shared safety mission.

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Continue Reading A Closer Look: PHMSA’s Pipeline Inspector Training Center

Posted by Volpe Director Anne Aylward

New technologies are disrupting transportation every day, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has an unprecedented opportunity to shape how Americans move, and how America does business.

That’s no small order, but at the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, our history of providing multimodal expertise shows we are up to the task. The Volpe Center is a unique federal organization within USDOT that for more than 45 years has supported modal agencies and others pursuing innovative solutions to America’s most pressing...

Continue Reading Inside the Volpe Center, USDOT’s Premier Center for Multimodal Safety, Efficiency and Innovation

Posted by Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Butch Waidelich

This week, we remember the anniversary of a bombing that, just after rush hour on April 19, 1995, claimed 168 lives – including 11 Federal Highway Administration employees. The bomb of a domestic terrorist destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., causing a pain that America still feels.  I urge you to join me in remembering our fallen colleagues and families of all the victims who have spent the last 22 years in grief. Let us never forget their loss, and let our actions honor their sacrifice.

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Continue Reading Oklahoma City – A Nation Remembers

Posted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

America’s first responders put their lives on the line every day to help save ours.

In 2016, 135 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. Of the 53 that were killed in traffic-related incidents, 15 were struck and killed while performing their duties outside of their vehicle and on the roadside. In fact, in the 20 years prior to 2016, traffic-related incidents were the No. 1 cause of officer fatalities for 15 of the years. These roadside deaths are 100 percent preventable. It’s up to us to move over to give law enforcement the room they need to work more safely....

Continue Reading Help Us Help Those Who Keep Us Safe: Move Over to Protect First Responders

Posted by U.S. Department of Transportation Public Affairs

At 6:12 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, a fire underneath an Atlanta I-85 bridge was reported to authorities. By 7 p.m. the bridge had collapsed.

Astonishingly, despite this incredible event happening during rush hour to one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, there were no major injuries reported. President Donald Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao this week credited Atlanta’s first responders with ensuring the public’s safety that day and thanked many of them in person at the White House for their heroic efforts.

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Continue Reading President Trump, Secretary Chao Meet with I-85 First Responders

Posted by Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Butch Waidelich

Seventy-four tribes were part of a $9 million award this week that will support 77 road safety projects in 22 states. The funds, which come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)'s Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) are dedicated to improving transportation safety on tribal lands that are statistically some of the most hazardous in the nation because of poor physical condition and other factors. Congress created TTPSF in 2013 in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act to improve highway safety on tribal roads and other transportation...

Continue Reading USDOT Awards $9 Million for Tribal Road Improvements

Posted by the Federal Railroad Administration

Today, we commemorate the anniversary of a legendary event in our nation’s history: The Great Locomotive Chase.

The Civil War

On this day in 1862, exactly one year after the Civil War began at Fort Sumter, Union civilian agent James Andrews led a raid deep into Confederate territory to destroy the railroad line between Atlanta and Chattanooga. The Western & Atlantic Railroad (W&A) line was targeted because it was a critical lifeline for the western Confederate armies. Just as railroads today serve a vital role in our nation’s transportation...

Continue Reading 155th Anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase

Posted by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson

Every day, millions of people travel by bus throughout the United States. We at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) want to ensure that all of those passengers arrive safely to their destinations and travel safely back home.

FMCSA – along with our federal, state and local partners across the country – is conducting the 2017 National Passenger Safety Initiative. The objectives of this coordinated enforcement effort are to: Remove unsafe buses and drivers from our roadways;  improve passenger carrier safety compliance; and increase public awareness of...

Continue Reading FMCSA Working With Partners to Keep Bus Passengers Safe

Posted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Drivers know about the dangers of drunk driving and driving without a seat belt. Unfortunately, a relatively new danger has crept into the nation’s driving habits: distracted driving.

In 2015, distracted driving killed 3,477 people and injured 391,000.

To help keep drivers and passengers safe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and state and local law enforcement are partnering again in April as part of 2017 National Distracted Driving Awareness Month...

Continue Reading Distracted Driving Comes with a Cost: Your Life

Posted by Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Walter “Butch” Waidelich

Transportation becomes even more important when communities are struggling to recover from natural disasters and catastrophic failures.  Federal support is often key to getting highways and bridges back up and running again. People often rely on these vital links in order to go about their daily lives.  Businesses also need them to move their goods and reach customers.   

The $768.2 million provided under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Emergency Relief (ER) program announced this...

Continue Reading Emergency Relief from FHWA helps restore transportation in states across the nation