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Today, I spoke to some of the transportation community’s key stakeholders, including academics and mayors from across the country, at the National Summit on Transportation and Opportunity.

At the summit, I imagined a future built upon our shared goal of connecting communities and people to Ladders of Opportunity.

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Too many people are dying on our roads every year. To save more lives, and to move us toward the goal of zero road fatalities, we need to get the best information possible about how and where serious injuries occur – and then we need to direct resources to improve safety in those locations.

Through the Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation has developed two tools to help states do just that: a national definition for serious injuries and the development of State Serious Injury Conversion Tables.

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During my recent travels to California, I joined state and local leaders to commemorate the transfer of 125 acres of property to the City of Long Beach through the Maritime Administration’s Port Public Benefit Conveyance Program.

This program facilitates the transfer of surplus Federal property at no cost to states and local governments to help develop and enhance the nation’s port facilities.

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In many tribal communities, transit buses are the only way for people to get from their homes to services as basic as buying groceries. In others, they provide long-distance commuting services to help residents travel to their jobs.

Today, we at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are proud to announce the award of $5 million to help American Indian and Alaska Native tribal citizens initiate, improve, and enhance transit service through the Tribal Transit Program.

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Over the weekend, the new National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors on the National Mall.

Secretary Foxx recorded this video in commemoration – a reading of the Langston Hughes poem "I, Too."

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As popular blogger Evonne Lack has said: “Becoming a parent can feel like you’ve moved to a different planet.”

Your new bundle of joy depends on you for everything, bringing all kinds of challenges. Even the best of parents and caregivers could use some help – and that’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and our partners established Child Passenger Safety Week.

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At the United States Department of Transportation, we understand how important transportation planning is to addressing regional transportation priorities.

That’s why we are engaging with regional transportation decision makers at Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to understand their concerns and challenges and work together to strengthen our regional planning agencies, improve regional coordination, and streamline decision-making. 

It’s an approach we call MPOwerment

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If you’re curious about how innovative transportation planning can lift Americans out of poverty and connect people to opportunity, I encourage you to check out Volpe’s outstanding speaker series, The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, and Innovation.

Today, I want to shine the spotlight on Volpe’s next speaker, Ben Hecht, whose talk From Transit to Access: Rethinking How Cities Connect Their Residents to Opportunity will take place tomorrow, September 23 at 12 PM Eastern.

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Last week, we achieved a milestone in our efforts at the Federal Transit Administration to find ways to help people who lack reliable transportation to their healthcare appointments.

I’m pleased to highlight the awarding of $7.3 million in funding through FTA’s new Rides to Wellness grants to 19 projects in 16 states. These projects will go far toward helping solve the challenge of improving healthcare access in this country.

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Today, Secretary Foxx announced USDOT’s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy – new guidance that establishes a framework for the safe, effective incorporation of automated vehicle technology.

We’ve developed this FAQ along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address some common questions about the Policy and automated vehicles (AVs) in general.

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