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When people think of Los Angeles, they often think of the glitz and glamor of Hollywood – but also of crippling traffic, delays, and pollution in the nation’s car capital.

In recent years, LA’s citizens and leaders have come together around a new vision. A new vision that includes new subways, light rail, rapid buses, and other multimodal transportation investments.
 


 

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This week, Secretary Foxx took to Reddit to answer questions about the future of transportation.

During the “Ask Me Anything,” Secretary Foxx answered questions on a range of topics — including the impact of technology and innovation in transportation, his dream transportation project, and what he enjoys most about being Secretary of Transportation.

You can see all of the responses on Reddit, or check out the Q&A below.

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Today at 5:00pm ET, Secretary Foxx will answer your questions live on Reddit:

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A little over one year ago, we launched our Smart City Challenge, asking mid-sized cities across America to share their ideas for the creation of an integrated, first-of-its-kind smart transportation system using data, applications, and technology to help people and goods move faster, cheaper, and more efficiently. Over 75 cities competed for the resources to connect and deploy new technologies, and now those applications and a wealth of data is available to the public in a new comprehensive report, Smart City Challenge: Lessons for Building Cities of the Future. New Smart City web tools, including an interactive map that links to information in the cities’ applications, can be used to identify trends and to share knowledge.

 
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Today’s #TranspoStory feature comes from Gary from Kansas City, Missouri. Gary shared his transportation story through DOT’s Share Your Story website.

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As more and more Americans flock to our nation’s 11 urban “megaregions,” it’s more important than ever for communities to take a regional approach to Americans’ mobility needs.

That’s exactly what community leaders are doing in Fort Worth, Texas, where we all gathered to celebrate a new federal funding agreement for the TEX Rail project, not too long ago.



 

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At the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), we believe that local communities are best able to plan and prioritize projects to meet their public transportation needs. In recent years, many communities have chosen Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as a lower-cost alternative to rail transit that provides many of the same features, including frequent service, high-quality stations, and exclusive right-of-way.

Today, I’m proud to announce federal funding for two BRT projects in the western U.S. – $39 million for the 4th Street/Prater Way BRT in Reno, Nevada and $75 million toward the Van Ness BRT in San Francisco, California.

These projects join last week’s announcement of $75 million in federal support for the Provo-Orem BRT project to connect two fast-growing communities in Utah anchored by major university campuses.

Like that project, the Washoe Regional Transportation Commission’s (RTC) 4th Street/Prater Way BRT project connects two important communities: the central business districts of Downtown Reno and nearby Sparks, Nevada, increasing access to jobs and opportunities for tens of thousands of residents.

Reno BRT bus

The buses and stations will include the latest in transit technology, from all-electric vehicles to real-time arrival information and priority at traffic signals to keep the buses moving through traffic.

RTC is also taking the opportunity to improve streetscaping and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure along the BRT route, making for a safer, greener, and more beautiful road environment for the community to enjoy.

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Did you know that truck drivers are a very necessary part of the holidays?  They are the folks who make sure your grocery shelves are stocked with holiday necessities, like cookies, cakes, turkeys and potatoes.  At this very moment, thousands of truckers are on the roads delivering toys, food, clothing and other essentials for our families and friends.  These drivers work hard, and they need a safe place to rest as they travel.  Sadly, there isn’t always enough room for them.

Last year, USDOT released Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey results, which confirmed a nationwide shortage of safe truck parking.  We called for transportation stakeholders to come together and find solutions, convening the first National Truck Parking Coalition in November 2015.  Since then, we’ve held coalition meetings in Utah, Texas, Missouri and Maryland.  Last week, we held our second national meeting. 

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Last week, the Federal Highway Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation made history.  Specifically, we jointly executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the FHWA and the Florida DOT concerning the State of Florida’s participation in the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program Pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327.  More simply, we formalized a new relationship that embodies the principles of Every Day Counts initiatives. By assigning FHWA’s responsibilities for federally funded highway projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to the Florida DOT, the Environmental Review Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that I signed with Florida DOT Secretary Jim Boxold will save time and money on highway projects throughout the Sunshine State and save taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

At our latest Every Day Counts summit, held last Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., we extended the era of better, more cost-effective government. The MOU we signed is a symbol of the innovative partnership we are building with the Florida DOT, and serves as an important tool to give states more responsibility without sacrificing federal oversight responsibilities for the environment. In this arrangement, Florida DOT will be legally responsible for ensuring that all federally funded highway projects comply with all aspects of NEPA prior to approving any environmental documents.

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“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.”- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
 

Choices are like dominos. When you make one decision, it triggers the reaction for other situations to occur. Taking certain paths can affect your finances, your relationships, your friendships and your career. Drunk driving is one such choice that continues to affect countless lives. Every day, drunk drivers get behind the wheel when they know they should not.

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