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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...

Continue Reading Pilot Safety: Developing Personal Minimums

Posted by Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Butch Waidelich

All week long, we are observing National Engineers Week – a week-long celebration of the many contributions engineers have made to our lives and to society as a whole – and extending a heartfelt welcome to the next generation of engineers.

Throughout the 1920s, America was in love with cars. Henry Ford was still a leading manufacturer, but he was hardly the only one.  By 1928, 24.7 million cars and trucks were on the road – which was twice the amount of only...

Continue Reading The President Who Was a Mining Engineer

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This morning, the Department of Transportation (US DOT) hosted an event in Washington, DC, to commemorate African American Heritage Month. The program highlighted the many contributions of African Americans to the nation and to transportation in particular.  The Washington Mathematics Science Technology Charter School made a Color Guard presentation and the Department’s own Paulette Grady led the National Anthem. 


Maureen Bunyan, a 44-...

Continue Reading U.S. DOT Headquarters Hosts African-American Heritage Event

Posted by FHWA Acting Deputy Administrator Butch Waidelich

All week long, America is celebrating National Engineers Week to honor the countless contributions made by engineers to modern life. It’s an annual tradition that should remind us all that engineering and technology are only as good as the people behind them.

Our national transportation architecture takes many forms – from America’s oldest bridge, the 320-year-old Pennypack Creek Bridge in Philadelphia, to the nearly three-mile-long Anton Anderson Memorial...

Continue Reading President Lincoln, Transportation Engineer

Posted by FHWA Acting Deputy Administrator Butch Waidelich

This week, we join thousands of others nationwide to observe National Engineers Week. It’s a week-long celebration of the many contributions engineers have made to our lives and to society as a whole… and a heartfelt welcome to the next generation of engineers.

America’s road system depends heavily on engineers – from the civil engineers who design road and bridge projects, to the mechanical, geological, hydrological, electrical and countless other engineers who translate idea into reality. The U.S. highway system is the backbone of the world’s most powerful economy, and engineers...

Continue Reading FHWA Salutes America’s ‘First Engineer’

Posted by US DOT Public Affairs

We all want our children to be as safe as possible in and around our cars – they are indeed our most precious cargo.

Navigating the many decisions that must be made from car seats to teen driving, however, isn’t always easy. Thankfully the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hosts a website that includes pages of useful information regarding the many choices and considerations that must be made in keeping our families safe.

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Continue Reading Parents Central: Keeping children and adults safe in the car

Posted by USDOT Public Affairs

Sometimes the U.S. Department of Transportation’s many agencies, or modes, as they are often called, can be tricky to keep up with. What does each do? Who and what does each serve?

We hope to answer questions about and introduce anyone who is interested in each mode – and a few sub-offices – in a series called 10 Things on US DOT Modes.

We start today with the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC). SLSDC is a wholly owned government corporation created by statute May 13, 1954, to construct, operate and maintain that part of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the...

Continue Reading 10 Things on US DOT Modes: SLSDC

Posted by US DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics

On Wednesday, the final 2016 Transportation Services Index (TSI) from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics  (BTS) showed activity in the for-hire freight sector at a record high in December. The December peak – equal to the all-time high in July – capped a rebound in 2016 freight activity from a 2015 decline that left the measure of freight shipments slightly above the December 2014 level.

The index has climbed 31.7...

Continue Reading Freight Shipments Rebounded in 2016 from 2015