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Today at CES 2016, I announced another key partnership for our Smart City Challenge: the winning city's public bus system will get installation of Mobileye's Shield +TM on every bus. This driver assistance safety technology helps bus drivers avoid and mitigate imminent collisions and protect road users including bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists.

This technology and support award is in addition to DOT's award of up to $40 million to create an integrated first-of-its-kind city that uses data and technology to shape how people and goods move…and an award of up to $10 million from the Challenge’s launch partner, Vulcan Philanthropy, to support infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Secretarty Foxx at C.E.S. 2016

The Smart City Challenge is an exciting opportunity for cities that want to improve their transportation networks through innovation, and today’s announcement makes it even more exciting. The winning city will be able to collaborate with DOT and with partners like Mobileye and Vulcan to implement bold, data-driven ideas to make transportation safer, easier, and more reliable.  The outcome promises to be a model of what we can achieve when public and private entities work together using leading-edge data and technological tools...

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If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get healthier in 2016, here’s some advice: in addition to eating better and getting more exercise, try transit.

Sitting on a bus or a train may not strike you as being especially active, but, in fact, researchers have found that people who regularly use public transportation actually walk a lot more than those who don’t. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that adults take a minimum 10-minute brisk walk three times a day, five days a week, and choosing transit as part of your everyday activities can help you get closer to that ideal. Innovations like modern streetcars, urban circulators, and bikeshare services give more people the option to choose a healthier – and less expensive – way to travel short distances than hopping in a cab.

Passengers walking to and from transit in Hoboken, NJ

Taking transit can also be good for your mental health. Last year, researchers in England found that commuters reported feeling better after traveling by public transportation compared to driving. The researchers attributed that to the fact that transit gives you more opportunity to relax, read, and socialize, while the short walk to and from transit stops also contributes to well-being. Not surprisingly, they found that the more time people spend commuting in cars, the worse they feel; they also found that regular walks have the opposite effect...

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Throughout 2015, NHTSA worked to improve how we identify and recall vehicles and vehicle equipment with safety-related defects, because doing so will save lives and prevent injuries on the road. Last month, we closed out the year by taking action again—in this case against three companies that failed to follow the laws that help protect us all from unsafe vehicles and equipment on our roads.

In all three  cases, we’re also holding these companies accountable for future actions. All three companies have to follow through on commitments that will ensure future compliance with the law. That is what will make our roads safer going forward.

By now, with record fines issued in 2015, the message should be clear: whether you’re a manufacturer or an importer of vehicles or vehicle equipment that will be on America’s roads, your compliance with life-saving Federal laws is non-negotiable...

Side-impact crash test

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By now, we’ve shared several looks back at 2015 from some of our Operating Administrations –FAA, FHWA, and FTA– and from our Office of Research and Technology. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the terrific work they accomplished last year for their specific mode of transportation. 

As Secretary, it has been a privilege helping shape these initiatives as well as leading a number of significant projects that cut across multiple modes...

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In 2009, former Federal Highway Administrator and current DOT Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez ushered in Every Day Counts (EDC), a new era of partnership by FHWA with state, local, and tribal transportation agencies intent on using innovative materials, techniques and project delivery methods in order to save time, save money and save lives.  It’s a five step process that can be summed up this way: Innovate. Demonstrate. Communicate. Replicate. Repeat.

We’re now in the third round of EDC and looking toward the future.  As 2016 opens and we continue our efforts to deploy innovations through EDC-3 and other initiatives, we want your input in preparing for the next round, EDC-4.  We’re looking for more technologies, materials and processes that will ensure we can continue delivering transportation to the American people better, faster, and smarter.

Our hope is that by adding new innovations and processes to the EDC roster, we can continue transforming the way the highway transportation community does business by shortening project delivery time, enhancing roadway safety, reducing traffic congestion and/or improving environmental sustainability.

EDC Call for Ideas

On December 10, 2015, FHWA made a Request for Information in the Federal Register to help us identify proven, market-ready innovations for potential deployment through the fourth round of EDC in 2017-2018. Just to be clear, FHWA is not using the RFI to solicit proposals or applications, but rather to conduct market research and determine what processes and technologies are working to deliver highway projects...

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On December 26, the Port of Los Angeles proudly welcomed the largest container ship ever to call at a North American seaport.

The vessel, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, is built to carry nearly 18,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs or 20-foot containers); that's about a third more cargo than any container ship currently calling in San Pedro Bay or other U.S. ports. CMA CGM named the vessel in honor of one of our founding fathers, and we are honored that they chose Los Angeles as the Benjamin Franklin’s first U.S. port of call.

Benjamin Franklin

For the Port of Los Angeles, the arrival of the Benjamin Franklin says that the nation’s number one gateway for containerized trade is preparing for a new era of international trade; but, it also sends a powerful message to the nation as a whole about what it will take for our nation to compete in the global economy...

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The dedicated professionals at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made significant progress this year as we continued to modernize and streamline the nation’s air traffic system while also preparing the way for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to safely play a growing role in aviation.

In April, we completed the program to replace the aging computer system that had been the core technology in our network of high-altitude air traffic control centers. The new system, En Route Automation Modernization, or ERAM, is now the backbone for our NextGen Air Transportation System, driving the display screens used by controllers to safely manage and separate aircraft.

We’ve also been devoted to making sure that pilots of small unmanned aircraft are able to safely enjoy their pursuits...

ADS-B on Google Earth

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A lot of people are going out tonight to celebrate New Year's Eve, and for many of them that celebration will involve alcohol.

In 2014, 9,967 people died in drunk driving crashes in the United States. That's more than one person killed every hour. Don't start 2016 by becoming a tragic statistic or causing someone else to become one.

It's simple; if you've been drinking, don't drive...

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The New Year is an occasion synonymous with hope —an opportunity to take the lessons of the past and apply them to the future. And there is no better time than the holiday season to take a moment and reflect on what was accomplished over the past 12 months before turning the page and focusing on the work that needs to be done in 2016. As someone who has led a research-focused organization for nearly five years, I have come to recognize the true value and versatility of transferable lessons.

Research, like the start of a new year, offers the promise of greater clarity —it provides a vantage point for effective decision-making and solutions to problems like pollinator health and transportation land use. It can help us understand how we can improve the way we get around, and how we can meet the freight challenge created by a growing population...

Safety research

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Ensuring Safe, Accessible, & Expanded Public Transportation Options for our Growing Population

Ridership on public transportation continues to grow, and in 2015 the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) helped meet that growing demand by working with local partners across the country to build essential public transportation projects. At the same time, we used our relatively new safety oversight authority to help ensure the safety and reliability of transit systems nationwide. And, we continued to focus our investments in public transportation projects that will provide ladders of opportunity in communities that need them...


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