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Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Get ready to spring forward on Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m. as Daylight Saving Time begins. Along with checking your smoke detector batteries, make sure you take a moment and check for vehicle safety recalls. Adding this to your spring and fall safety routine keeps you and your family safe all year long. In fact, don’t stop there. Safety recalls can also affect child car seats and tires. You can check for recalls at


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Posted by Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Before the summer of 2016, Patricia Arcuri did not expect to pursue a career in transportation, but her experience that summer led her down a path she had not seen before.

“It introduced me to an exciting world I did not know about – the transportation industry,” she said. “The transportation industry is fascinating and provides various opportunities for professional development for women with different skills and abilities.”

The same summer, Ana Cervantes had a similar experience at Criado & Associates, Inc., a women-owned small business in Dallas.

“Criado allowed...

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Posted by Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center

Movement equals action, to paraphrase Albert Einstein. That’s true in science. It’s true in business. It’s true in health care, education, media—in every facet of the American patchwork.

And it’s true in the U.S. military, where humanitarian and combat missions rely on swift transportation solutions where success or failure can mean lives saved or lives lost.

“We can bring an immediate force tonight anywhere on the planet,” said...

Continue Reading USTRANSCOM’s General Darren W. McDew Speaks at Volpe on ‘Our Shared Transportation Future’

Posted by Joel Szabat, Executive Director MARAD

I was in Beaumont, Texas, today for the naming of the M/V Liberty Passion, the third ship owned by Liberty Global Logistics to join the Maritime Security Program (MSP) fleet. It was an encouraging event because the addition of Liberty Passion fits perfectly with the Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) emphasis on growing the MSP at a time when the U.S.-flag fleet is shrinking to unprecedented levels.

To protect our national security and economic prosperity, we must maintain a strong Merchant Marine and MSP, which protects our national security by...

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Posted by Bureau of Transportation Statistics

All five major transportation modes carried a share of the more than $1 trillion in freight that crossed the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico in 2016.  Based on the value of the freight, trucks carried most – 65.5 percent – a higher share than a year earlier and a decade earlier in 2006.

Rail (15.5 percent), vessel (5.5 percent), pipeline (4.6 percent) and air (3.9 percent) carried the remaining share of cross-border freight. Here is a more detailed look at the shipments on both borders.


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Posted by the Federal Railroad Administration

Winter is still here, at least it is in some parts of the United States. And since it’s here, snow and ice can create unfavorable driving conditions—making both roads and rails slick, and potentially increasing the chance of your car having a hard time crossing railroad tracks.

That leads to this question: If your car gets stuck on a railroad track, would you know what to do?

First, get everyone out of the car.  This may sound simple, but drivers often...

Continue Reading Cross with Care: How to Stay Safe at Railroad Crossings in Inclement Weather

Posted by Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Today marks my first month’s return to the Department!   The Vice President had presided over my swearing-in and my family was able to attend.  The past first four weeks have been filled with meetings, briefings, visits, consultations and outreach to you, members of congress and key stakeholders to be updated on the current issues facing the Department and our country. 

This past weekend, I met with a number of governors and spoke to the National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting on “Innovation & Infrastructure.”   The nation’s infrastructure...

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Posted by PHMSA Office of Government, International, and Public Affairs Acting Director Patricia Klinger

Whether they are emergency responders, city planners, pipeline operators, homeowners, students or just curious neighbors, it’s important for community members to know where pipelines are located so they can be avoided or found, serviced and monitored.

The U.S. Department of Transportation offers an excellent resource for learning more about local pipelines. The National Pipeline Mapping System’s (NPMS) Public Map Viewer includes interactive maps showing the locations of...

Continue Reading How to locate pipelines: National Pipeline Mapping System

Posted by Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Butch Waidelich

Each day this week, we are observing National Engineers Week – an enthusiastic celebration of the contributions millions of engineers have made, and continue to make, to society as a whole – and extending a heartfelt welcome to the next generation of engineers.

For the last three days, we have highlighted a president who was an engineer or used engineering during his career.  Our fourth in this series requires some mythbusting.

Many Americans know that Jimmy Carter was America’s 39th president, and many know he served aboard Seawolf-class submarines in the U.S. Navy....

Continue Reading From Engineering to Peanuts to the Presidency

Posted by US DOT Public Affairs

In 2015, 384 people died in 238 general aviation accidents. Loss of Control (LOC) was the number one cause of these accidents, and it happens in all phases of flight. It can happen anywhere and at any time.

To help save lives, the Federal Aviation Administration is working with industry to prevent LOC accidents. Each month the FAA provides pilots with an LOC solution. This month they are focusing on personal minimums.

Personal minimums are the minimum...

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