I’m proud to once again participate in the Put the Brakes on Fatalities campaign, as I have for the past several years. The folks at Kansas DOT are doing important work highlighting the ways all of us can have a positive impact on safety, and I’m grateful for the platform to share our perspective at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Safety is always our number one priority. Transportation systems simply don’t work if people can’t get where they need to go. When developing new policies and regulations, and in awarding grants through programs like TIGER and FASTLANE, we are constantly evaluating how each and every project we’re involved in contributes to a safer environment.
Yesterday, Americans across the country came together in service and remembrance to mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On one of the darkest days in our nation’s history, the Federal Aviation Administration helped bring every aircraft in the U.S. airspace safely to ground, and U.S. Merchant Mariners rushed to New York Harbor to help evacuate thousands who had sought refuge from the chaos of Lower Manhattan.
Former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta explains how the Department of Transportation changed after 9/11:
Have you ever looked around your neighborhood and thought to yourself: “There should be a bus stop here.” Or watched as a mother dashes across a busy intersection with her children and thought: “We need a crosswalk to make that intersection safer.”
The process of fixing these issues is often mired in confusing transportation jargon – but DOT’s new Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy is here to help.
As we mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost on that tragic day.
In our latest 50th Anniversary video, my predecessor, former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, reflects on the events of the morning of 9/11 and pays tribute to the heroic efforts of those who saved countless lives.
While every transit project is unique, they tend to share some similar traits, including making our communities more livable by encouraging economic growth and connecting people to opportunity.
Today, I’m proud to join community leaders in Cincinnati, Ohio for the grand opening of such a project: the Cincinnati Bell Connector.
At the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), helping transit agencies reach and maintain a state of good repair for all of their vehicles and equipment is a top priority.
Today, we’re taking a major step toward that goal by awarding nearly $211 million in grants to help communities nationwide upgrade their transit buses and related facilities.
Ordering a package delivery straight to your front door with a few taps on a smartphone. Making sure your small business has enough inventory to meet customer demand. Navigating a busy highway safely and with a minimum of stress. Underpinning all of this activity is infrastructure that works for all road users – whether their vehicles are carrying freight or passengers.
Today, through DOT’s innovative FASTLANE program, I’m proud to announce nearly $800 million in grants to improve our freight and highway infrastructure nationwide.
Every year, as we head into the Labor Day weekend, NHTSA warns motorists of the dangers associated with drunk driving through our ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign.
Our efforts are supported by law enforcement agencies across the country, and we do it for good reason: to keep people safe during busy travel days and the last big celebratory weekend of summer.
Measuring connectivity starts with having good data about where America’s transit connects – where transit stops are, how frequent transit service is, and where transit routes go.
Today, I’m excited to announce that we’re taking a big step forward in this effort: the launch of the open data platform for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s first-ever National Transit Map.
Today, I was honored to be part of an historic occasion – arriving in Cuba on the first scheduled flight from the United States in over 50 years, a JetBlue Airways flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara.
In addition, I am excited to announce that DOT has finalized its selection of eight U.S. airlines to begin scheduled flights to Havana as early as this fall.