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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

Posted by Maritime Administration Executive Director Joel Szabat

As many people know, Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao began her career as Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration, which is one reason we were happy she spoke this week at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) conference.

At the Maritime Administration we share the Secretary’s conviction that a healthy port infrastructure is important to the U.S. economy. Ships, after all, carry $1.5 trillion of U.S. foreign trade, and there are nearly 400,000 jobs associated with the U.S. commercial shipbuilding and repair industry.

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Continue Reading American Association of Port Authorities Federal-State Relations Meeting

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

Yesterday, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was joined by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other safety advocates yesterday to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 3-7).

National Work Zone Awareness Week, sponsored each year at the beginning of construction season by federal, state and local...

Continue Reading Work Zone Safety Is In YOUR Hands

Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Shortly after I was sworn in as Secretary of Transportation, I asked that the official blog name be changed from “FAST Lane” to something else.  With the distressing news that traffic injuries and fatalities have increased in recent years, it seemed to me that we should move away from a title associated with speeding.  An e-mail went out to all USDOT employees soliciting ideas for a new name and many excellent suggestions were received – so many it was hard to choose just one. 

But one did stand out:  “Connections.” 

“Connections” is an...

Continue Reading Connections

Posted by Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

April is National Safe Digging Month. Careless digging poses a threat to people, pipelines and other underground facilities, so in April, we highlight the importance of safe digging to remind homeowners and contractors about the dangers that reckless digging can cause.

Each year, damage to underground facilities results in incidents that include injuries and fatalities. To help ensure your safety, you are required to call 811—a toll-free, one-call notification center—48 to 72 hours before beginning any excavation or digging projects. By calling 811...

Continue Reading National Safe Digging Month: Call 811 before digging

Posted by Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Fifty years ago, on April 1, 1967, USDOT opened its doors, consolidating under one roof the operations of 31 separate transportation-related entities.  This week, we hosted at USDOT an “open house” to commemorate the Department’s 50th anniversary, celebrate USDOT’s achievements, and reaffirm our commitment to addressing the challenges of today and advancing the best possibilities for the future.

Over 500 people gathered together in the atrium, including former Secretaries of Transportation Elizabeth Dole, Mary Peters and Norm Mineta, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,...

Continue Reading Celebration of DOT’s 50th Anniversary & Homecoming of Secretary Chao

Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

In 2015, approximately one person died in a motor vehicle crash every 15 minutes. That terrifying statistic underscores the need for game-changing technology that can help save lives.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research shows that 94 percent of all crashes are tied to a human error, which means these deaths are highly preventable. To help drive this number down, NHTSA has been working tirelessly to promote new vehicle technologies that have the potential to help prevent crashes and save thousands of lives every year. You can purchase these...

Continue Reading Adam Savage Tests Safety Technology with NHTSA

Posted by US DOT Public Affairs

City planners, elected officials, scholars and residents for the first time ever this month gained access to comprehensive aircraft and road noise inventory data that will help them design infrastructure, create policy and conduct research.

The data are presented on the National Transportation Noise Map, a project from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Interested groups and individuals can access the map to view both national...

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Posted by Anne Aylward, Director, U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center

America’s small businesses continue to help the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) address some of the nation’s biggest transportation challenges through the Department’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. On March 20, the US DOT SBIR program announced 15 recommendations for awards for SBIR’s fiscal year (FY) 17.1 solicitation. The awarded small businesses are conducting important research, leading to new technologies in addressing some of US DOT’s most pressing challenges such...

Continue Reading Awardees Announced for US DOT’s SBIR FY17.1 Solicitation

Posted by US DOT Public Affairs

Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has five sisters. Her parents taught all of their daughters to set goals and to proceed step-by-step to advance their situations in life.

“My parents were incredible people who believed that their daughters could do anything they wanted in this wonderful country which offered so much opportunity,” she told hundreds of U.S. Department of Transportation employees listening both remotely and in person today at the 2017 US DOT Women’s History Month celebration.

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Continue Reading US DOT Celebrates Women’s History Month