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The end of Daylight Saving Time is around the corner ­– at 2:00 AM this Sunday, November 6.  In my household, we like to take this opportunity to make sure our safety checklist is up to date by doing things like checking the batteries in our smoke detectors and the charge in our fire extinguishers.

We also check for open recalls on our family cars. Vehicle recalls occur on a daily basis, and the few minutes spent preparing your family can help keep everyone safe on the road ahead. 

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Today’s #TranspoStory feature comes from Silas from Washington, DC. In the video below, Silas shares how a new pedestrian bridge has impacted his community.

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At the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), we want transit agencies to provide the safest working conditions possible for transit workers across the country. We take the safety of transit workers as seriously as we take the safety of passengers.

This summer, FTA launched the National Online Dialogue on Transit Worker Assault, a platform allowing industry leaders, transit employees, and concerned citizens to share valuable ideas on preventing and mitigating assaults on transit workers.  

I have a message for everyone who participated in the online dialogue: FTA hears you. Transit worker assault is a serious, often-underreported issue, and there are many measures available to address it.

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Here in Las Vegas, one of the busiest arterial streets is the colorfully-named Flamingo Road – an essential commuting and traveling corridor for tens of thousands of Nevadans and visitors every day.

Over the past few years, thanks in part to USDOT grant funding, Flamingo Road has been undergoing a suite of upgrades to improve its infrastructure, particularly for transit and active transportation like bicycling and walking.

Last week, I was proud to join local officials to announce the completion of these improvements, which will help provide more modern, convenient transit options to the Las Vegas community.


 

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Last month, we announced nearly $800 million in grants for eighteen projects as part of our new FASTLANE grant program. Demand for FASTLANE grant funding was through the roof – over 200 applications were submitted, totaling nearly $10 billion in funding requests. But in the last round, for every 10 projects we received, we could only pick one.

It’s clear that there’s demand to invest in strategic projects across the country. This is why we’re excited to hit the ground running on the next round of FASTLANE: eligible applicants, like states, tribes, and local governments, can apply again for FASTLANE grants from now through December 15, 2016.

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As Halloween nears, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding Americans to drive sober and to keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters. Drinking and increased pedestrian traffic on Halloween night has historically been a dangerous combination.

On Halloween night in 2015, 106 people died nationwide, and more than half of those deaths (55) involved a crash with a drunk driver, compared to one-third on an average day. More than one-quarter of Halloween crash fatalities were pedestrians, compared to 15 percent on an average day.

As children take to the streets on Halloween to trick-or-treat, their risk of being injured by a motorist increases greatly. Excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, so motorists, parents and caregivers must be even more alert. 

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From local streets to major interstates, bad weather creates hazardous conditions for drivers and slows down traffic. The disruptions and delays cause frustration, while it’s often costly to fix and maintain our highways under severe weather conditions. 

In October, FHWA officially became a 'Weather-Ready' Nation Ambassador as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiative aimed at improving the nation’s preparedness and strengthening resilience for extreme weather events. 

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This month, I’ve joined representatives from State DOTS, MPOs, industry, local agencies and academics in Baltimore and Minneapolis/St. Paul for the first two of seven regional Every Day Counts (EDC) summits set to take place this Fall around the country.

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Today’s #TranspoStory feature comes from Catherine from Cleveland, Ohio. Catherine shared her transportation story through DOT’s Share Your Story website.

“My first mode of transportation was walking - a couple miles to and from school every day no matter how much snow or ice was on the ground or how cold it was. No, I wasn't barefoot, but this built strength knowing that I could count on myself no matter what the circumstances. 

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Small businesses in America are engines of creativity and employment opportunities, but it can sometimes be difficult for small businesses to turn their innovations into reality.

That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards contracts to small businesses to pursue research and development to find solutions to our nation’s biggest transportation challenges.

The SBIR program—administered by Volpe, DOT’s go-to center for innovative, multimodal research—has opened its latest solicitation period and will accept proposals through December 21, 2016.

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