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When she was a baby, you put her in a car seat. In a few years, you’ll insist she buckle up when behind the wheel. Today, however, she’s a tween; she’s tired of hearing mom and dad nag her about wearing her seat belt. And you’re a little tired of saying it.

But this is the fight worth having. Your tween’s life is at stake.

And that’s why DOT and NHTSA have launched our “Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” campaign...

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About 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments every year because they lack a ride to the doctor. Given that America’s population is aging, and about half of us live with at least one chronic condition, getting regular health care is more important than ever.

Creating and supporting communities that are age-friendly allows older adults to age in place and supports their continued health and vitality. Soon, the White House Conference on Aging expects to issue a policy brief on Healthy Aging that explores these concerns as well as potential solutions.

And "Ride to Wellness," a program to make sure people can get a ride to the healthcare they need, is a great step toward addressing these needs...

Man in wheelchair being helped aboard transit vehicle

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When most Americans think of California's San Diego County, we think of sun and beaches. But the county is actually quite mountainous, and for the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians that makes it difficult to provide emergency services on steep and winding tribal roads.

That's why the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) is awarding the La Jolla Band $479,224 to better equip its emergency responders to handle crashes on the reservation.

And, as FHWA announced today, the La Jolla Band is just one of 82 tribes that will receive more than $8.5 million for 94 projects from the TTPSF this year to improve transportation safety on tribal lands...

Photo of Palomar Mountain Road
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Today, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) joined the National Strategy on Highway Safety Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) effort, a vision for eliminating fatalities on the nation’s roadways. AASHTO has long been a valued partner to DOT, and this aggressive approach to safety —this Department’s number one priority— will only strengthen that partnership.

Rather than accepting a certain number of crashes as unavoidable, a TZD approach commits us to work across sectors and use every tool available to systematically analyze and work toward eliminating traffic crashes among all who use the roadways. The National Strategy on Highway Safety provides a platform of options for state agencies, private industry, national organizations, and others to use in developing safety plans that prioritize traffic safety culture and promote the national TZD vision.

DOT embraces the National Strategy on Highway Safety Toward Zero Deaths vision as a significant step toward eliminating traffic fatalities...

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Here in Washington, DC, a sure sign of spring was on display this weekend as the melting snow of sidewalks and bike lanes gave way to an outpouring of people walking and biking. And later this week as warm weather continues, we'll see more people outside using foot power to get where they're going.

We'll also see advocates for bicyclists and pedestrians coming to town for the League of American Bicyclists annual National Bike Summit. City leaders are here for the National League of Cities Conference, and public transportation leaders are participating in the American Public Transportation Association’s annual legislative conference. 

So this week is a good time for us to launch an initiative that concerns all three: On Thursday, March 12, DOT is hosting the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets here at DOT Headquarters...

Bike parking at Princeton Junction, N.J., train station
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Early Sunday morning --2 a.m. to be exact-- while most Americans are sleeping, most of us will also be springing forward into Daylight Savings Time.

Under law, daylight saving time is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November and is designed to increase the amount of evening daylight.

Although Federal law specifies that those areas observing the time change must use the starting and ending dates set by the law. So, if you live anywhere in the U.S. except Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas, and most of Arizona, you'll be setting your clocks one hour ahead...

Reminder to set clocks ahead, Sunday, March 9, 2 a.m.

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At the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), we're all about innovation and working smarter, and we're always open to new approaches and solutions—especially when it involves  delivering highway projects more efficiently.

Contracting is at the heart of the federal-aid program.  Good contracting practices are good for taxpayers because they can help ensure project costs don’t increase.  Less delay in completing a project also benefits the driving public.

This is why FHWA has approved a New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) proposal to use a prequalification system with contractors. If implemented effectively, this approach can help save time and money over the life of a construction project...

New Mexico D.O.T. road work

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Yesterday, we dared to write a blog post celebrating data. Today, we are unapologetically following that with a post celebrating wireless technology. The transportation connection? With DOT support, vehicle-to-vehicle communication is coming to the automobile market, and it will make our lives safer and help us go Beyond Traffic.

As we wrote here last month about this game-changing technology, "when a car can see what a driver can't, yours could warn you of a potential crash or icy roads ahead; advise you of a traffic jam ahead and automatically recalculate your travel route; or even help you locate an available parking space."

And it appears that the editors of MIT's Technology Review were listening. Because when the Review released its list of "10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2015" in late February, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication was right there. Listed among the key contributors were our very own National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as the University of Michigan, where we launched our first large-scale V2V pilot program. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Office of Research Technology (OSTR) here at DOT have also been instrumental...

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Let's start with a confession: here at DOT, we love data. Miles of freight rail, number of bridges, on-time flight arrivals, transit passenger trips, port economic activity--all of it. Those facts and figures help us tell the story of how American transportation affects each and every one of us.

Some numbers are staggeringly high: the value of goods shipped in the US in 2012? More than 13$ trillion. Some are impressively low: the number of extended tarmac delays in the US for domestic and international flights in December 2014? Exactly zero.

All of that data is compiled by our Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) in DOT's Office of Research and Technology. And this week, BTS released what we think is a real treat: State Transportation by the Numbers Profiles. If you're curious about how your state is moving or what your state is moving, these easy-to-read profiles have a lot to offer...

Transportation capsule for Wisconsin

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Fast Lane readers know I believe very strongly that our budget is only as good as how it's spent and, more importantly, the people whose lives it improves. That's why I've emphasized projects that create what we call "ladders of opportunity," where we not only connect people to better schools, jobs, and health care –but also to better lives.

There's another powerful way that investing in a bridge or rail project is more than an investment in a piece of infrastructure: that’s when local residents get a shot at building it.

It's called "local hiring," and today, DOT is proud to embrace it...

Ledaya Epps with Labor Secretary Tom Perez

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