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Posted by Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao - New York City

This Memorial Day, I will be participating in a wreath-laying ceremony on board the decorated aircraft carrier, the Intrepid.  It earned its stripes in World War II, serving in the Pacific theater.  The ship’s toughest fights were in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  It also served in the Vietnam War.  The Intrepid played a role in the early space program, too, as a recovery ship for the Mercury and Gemini programs.  Today the aircraft carrier sits in New York Harbor as the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

A person cannot stand on the grey...

Continue Reading Please Remember America’s Veterans this Memorial Day

Posted by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Administrator Maritime Administration

Each year, on May 22nd, the United States celebrates National Maritime Day.

Now in its 85th year, the U.S. National Maritime Day’s focal point is our people. In 1933, Congress declared May 22nd as National Maritime Day, to recognize the first successful transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion, which took place in 1819. Without mariners, the event would never have happened.

Maritime Day is a time-honored tradition that recognizes one of America’s most important industries. Ceremonies and celebrations throughout the country will recognize...

Continue Reading National Maritime Day 2018

Posted by Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson

All of us at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are proud to partner with state, local and tribal governments to encourage the use of state-of-the-art transportation innovations under FHWA’s “Every Day Counts” (EDC) initiative. We call EDC the “on-ramp to innovation,” and with good reason. We’re always looking for newer, better ways to keep Americans safe while they drive and save time in project delivery as well as taxpayers’ money.

Missouri – also known as the “Show Me State” – has spent the last decade becoming the nation’s leading champion of Diverging Diamond...

Continue Reading "Show Me" State Shows America The Benefits of Diverging Diamond Interchanges

Posted by the Federal Aviation Administration

When the Wright Brothers first took off from the North Carolina coast, they never dreamed that Charlotte would be one of the country’s leading hubs for air travel a century later. It may surprise you to learn that Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is the second busiest airport on the East Coast and the sixth busiest in the United States. Last year, the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower at CLT handled more than 500,000 flights, and we expect that to grow to 745,000 flights in the next 15 years.

We’re getting ready to handle the projected growth by investing $112 million...

Continue Reading Investing in Aviation Infrastructure

Posted by Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson

All week, we at the FHWA and the USDOT are celebrating Infrastructure Week with our state and local partners. This weeklong observance is an opportunity to highlight not only the significance of America’s infrastructure but the people who made it possible.

Those involved in the design, planning, construction and maintenance of America’s 4.1 million miles of roads and bridges are too numerous to count, but a few notables stand out. For example, though he is not known for engineering, President Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. President to have a patent – for, of all things, a...

Continue Reading Infrastructure Unites America

Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

On Tuesday, May 15th, 20,000 officers, survivors of the fallen and guests will gather at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol for the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. This poignant service includes a reading of the Roll Call of Heroes, which will commemorate law enforcement officers who perished last year. Their names will later be added to the Wall of Remembrance at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. 

These solemn ceremonies and memorials help ensure that our nation forever remembers the brave men and women in blue who made the...

Continue Reading Peace Officers Memorial Day – May 15

Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

As summer nears, it is evident in the garage at DOT headquarters that we count among our colleagues many bicyclists and motorcyclists.  For their sake and the benefit of all bicyclists and motorcyclists, May is National Bike Month and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and DOT will be helping expand the reach of these safety campaigns.  Sadly, there is urgent and ongoing need for these efforts. 

 

At DOT, we are working every day to make roads safer through infrastructure improvements, technology and greater...

Continue Reading Making Bicycling and Motorcycling Safer

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs

Every year, Federal employees across the country are responsible for many noteworthy and inspiring accomplishments that are seldom recognized or celebrated. The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, known as the Sammies, highlight excellence in our federal workforce and inspire other talented and dedicated individuals to go into public service.

The Sammies are a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process. Named for the Partnership for Public Service’s late ...

Continue Reading The Oscars of Federal Service: A USDOT Employee Among the Finalists

Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

For many it’s clear that spring has sprung when the cherry blossoms emerge or the car is covered in pollen.  At DOT, no matter the temperature outside, you know it’s spring when the crowds arrive for the Washington Nationals’ first home game of the season.  For some of us in the Executive Branch, spring is near when your congressional oversight committees call wanting to schedule hearings.  For me, it’s also when I make reservations to go home for the Kentucky Derby.  In any event, at long last it is spring!        

One of...

Continue Reading Spring Has Sprung @ DOT

Posted by Howard "Skip" Elliott, Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

April is officially National Safe Digging Month, which provides a vital opportunity to highlight the importance of safe digging and excavation as an everyday practice. As the seasonal changes of spring encourage more outdoor activities and projects, from landscaping to mailbox and patio installation, safe digging is critical. Excavation damage is the leading cause of serious pipeline incidents and has led to injuries, environmental damage, and even death.

Although excavation and pipeline damage is the foremost cause of pipeline incidents, it is also the most preventable. The number...

Continue Reading Proper Prior Planning Prevents Punctured Pipeline Panic #Call811Not911