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Seven years ago, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government laying the groundwork to build a more open and transparent government.

Across the Administration, agencies are working to update our biennial Open Government Plans and we want to hear from YOU. As part of the Department’s commitment to openness and engagement, DOT will be hosting a Twitter chat on Monday, August 29 at 3:00pm ET to hear your suggestions on how best to build on our progress.

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If you need transportation statistics at a moment’s notice – for example, if you want to see a list of the most congested urban areas or if you want to find the busiest Amtrak stations – the Bureau of Transportation Statistics has a solution for you.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, BTS is introducing its most innovative product yet – a smartphone app for the Pocket Guide to Transportation.

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While USDOT is a federal agency, the impacts of our projects are felt most profoundly at the local level – on the roadways, transit systems, and other infrastructure that people use in their everyday lives.

Last week, I saw the game-changing potential of transportation firsthand when I joined local leaders in Baltimore to announce $10 million in TIGER funding for the North Avenue Rising project.

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To commemorate the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 50th Anniversary, the Department has celebrated each month by highlighting important transportation-related achievements over time and addressing some of the challenges ahead.  

This month, we’re turning our attention to one of the most important: climate change.

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In 2013, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, a bold plan that is now on track to reduce emissions from nearly every sector of our economy. 

Today, we are fulfilling one of the central promises in this plan – finalizing the second phase of greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy duty vehicles for model years 2018 and beyond.​​​

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Emergency responders understand the importance of safety better than anyone else. They face life and death situations every day when they go to work – at the scene of a crash, where they rescue victims and protect others.

Each year, an estimated 100 emergency responders are killed in the line of duty. That’s why the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in partnership with the responder community, developed the Traffic Incident Management – or “TIM” – Responder Training.

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At the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, we work diligently every day to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses on our roadways.

Today, we’ve taken a significant step forward in our work to achieve this mission with the launch of a new public education campaign – Our Roads, Our Responsibility.

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) continues to deliver on our commitment to develop and implement a safety program that will further improve safety for the millions of daily transit users and for those who operate and maintain the systems.  

This week, FTA published a final rule for the Public Transportation Safety Program (Safety Program Rule), which provides the overall procedural framework for FTA to monitor, oversee, and enforce safety in the public transportation industry.

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As one of the world’s busiest ports, the Port of Houston represents a large part of the region’s vibrant economy. It is a 25-mile-long complex of terminals that serve more than 8,000 vessels and 200,000 barges each year. No wonder several sections of I-10 and I-45 that link to the port are grappling with freight congestion.

Houston is not alone. In the Federal Highway Administration’s latest series of Freight Economy roundtables – in Houston, Oklahoma City, and Virginia’s Hampton Roads area – we heard about the importance of investments in our waterways, rails, and highways to get goods and products where they need to go and move our economy forward.

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How big could the “Big Data” associated with transportation get? 

By 2020, the International Data Corporation estimates that there will be about 23 billion moving “things” – cars, trucks, mobile phones, buses, drones, etc. – as part of the Internet of Things.  Collectively, these moving things will produce about 27% of the data in the digital universe, or 11 zettabytes. That’s 11 trillion gigabytes a year.

Or, to put it in perspective, that’s like transmitting the text of every book published in modern history, every single second of every day. What will we do with all of this information? 

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