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Posted by US DOT Public Affairs

On Elizabeth Dole’s first day at Harvard Law School in in the early 1960s, a male classmate asked her a question.

“Elizabeth, what are you doing here? What are you doing in this law school?” he said. “Don’t you realize there are men who would give their right arm to be here, men who would use their legal education?”

Dole was one of 24 women in a class of 550.

“I just followed my instincts and my dreams and I moved forward,” she said of the time. “I...

Continue Reading Elizabeth Dole: 8th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Each summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warn of the dangers of heatstroke when a child is left alone in a hot vehicle. Yet, every year, tragedies strike. Last year, heatstroke killed 39 kids. This year, before spring has even arrived—we’ve already lost two children.

These preventable deaths happen in even the most loving families.  It’s not because parents are intentionally leaving children behind. Most often, it happens when parents...

Continue Reading This Summer, Remember: Heatstroke Kills

Posted by SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook

I had the distinct honor this week of joining colleagues at the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal to celebrate the beginning of the St. Lawrence Seaway’s 59th navigation season.

Along with Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation President and CEO Terence Bowles and many others, I watched this season’s first ship, CSL St-Laurent, begin its journey into the Seaway System to pick up a load of grain. The movement of CSL St-Laurent and the hundreds of cargo vessels along the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System this year will support...

Continue Reading Collaboration, Safety and Stewardship on the St. Lawrence Seaway

Posted by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

U.S. airlines set new records in 2016 for the number of passengers carried, for the distance they carried those passengers and for the capacity that the airlines used to move them, according to numbers released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). It was the second consecutive year that the airlines set all-time highs.

In 2016, for the first year ever, U.S. airlines carried more than 800 million scheduled service passengers – reaching 823 million worldwide, 3.1 percent more than the 798 million they carried in 2015. Using the measure...

Continue Reading U.S. Airlines Reach New Heights in 2016

Posted by US DOT Public Affairs

For more than 300 years people have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with feasts, parades and festivals. The holiday is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival, and this weekend the tradition continues.

Unfortunately, with celebration sometimes comes excess and dangerous situations, particularly in this case drunk and buzzed driving. Drunk driving killed 10,265 people in 2015. During the St. Patrick’s Day holiday alone it claimed 30 lives.

To raise awareness about staying safe this holiday weekend, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration on...

Continue Reading Staying Safe this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Posted by Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Today, the President sent his “America First" budget for FY 2018 to Congress. This is a strategic document that looks to the future, and is designed to send a clear message on deficit reduction.  For DOT, it addresses the department's discretionary programs, which make up about one-quarter of the Department’s total resources.  These proposed savings are largely geared towards future program investments, so they will not have an immediate direct impact on our DOT colleagues. This is just the beginning of the budget process, not the end.  We will see the more complete...

Continue Reading Preparing for the Transportation of Tomorrow

Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

According to legend, St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland. This St. Patrick’s Day, you can do an even greater service by helping the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration banish drunk driving from our roads.

Drunk driving killed 10,265 people in 2015. During the St. Patrick’s Day holiday alone—it claimed 30 lives. Every year, without fail, roughly one-third of deaths in motor vehicle crashes are due to someone making the selfish and often deadly choice to drink and drive. It happens despite the fact that it is illegal...

Continue Reading Banish Drunk Driving on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by the Federal Railroad Administration

About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

Last year, 232 people were fatally injured in rail crossing accidents.

Stop. Trains Can’t.

That’s the message of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) heightened two-year effort to reduce accidents and fatalities at railroad crossings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (...

Continue Reading 'Stop. Trains Can’t.' Campaign Sends Strong Message to Motorists at Railroad Crossings

Posted by Joel Szabat, Executive Director Maritime Administration

On Feb. 15, we announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers; Crowley Maritime Corporation, Maersk Line Limited, and American President Line (APL). This followed implementation of comprehensive new requirements for commercial carriers to ensure that the Academy’s standards for behavior, leadership and integrity are upheld.  I’m now pleased to announce that last week another commercial carrier, TOTE Services, has also been certified under these strict new federal requirements to be “Sea Year Eligible.  The first Midshipmen have...

Continue Reading USMMA Resumes Commercial Sea Year

Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Spring may be just one week away, but wintry road conditions are still a concern for many drivers. Vehicle maintenance is important all year long—especially during the dangerous winter months. NHTSA has prepared a list of winter driving tips to help you reach your final destination safely.

Before the Snow Falls

Driving safely begins before you even get on the road. Regular tune-ups and maintenance are the starting point for safe driving year-round. In winter, pay special attention to your vehicle’s battery, lights, wipers, coolant, tires and other systems...

Continue Reading Staying Safe On the Roads this Winter