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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.

​​​​Photo of Secretary Foxx with Cuban Foreign Minister Rodriguez.

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Since early last year, 246 mayors, elected officials, and other local leaders from around the country have signed on to improve safety on the streets of their communities as part of the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets.

On September 16, we’re inviting local elected officials and their staff from these communities, and others interested in pedestrian and bicycle safety, to the 2016 Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets at USDOT’s headquarters to highlight this important work.

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That is the number of people who died on our nation’s highways in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015. Your neighbor driving to work. Your niece walking to the park. Your brother biking home. Every day, nearly 100 people die from vehicle-related accidents.

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing an open data set that contains detailed, anonymized information about each of these tragic incidents. As the new data being released show, and as DOT reported earlier this summer, 2015 showed a marked increase in traffic fatalities nationwide.

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In a time when it can be difficult to secure investments in major infrastructure projects, taking advantage of the latest in innovative finance is critical. At DOT, that’s where the Build America Bureau comes in.

Today, I’m proud to join Vice President Biden to announce the Bureau’s milestone loan to Amtrak that will bring the next generation of high-speed rail service to the Northeast Corridor.

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Seven years ago, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government laying the groundwork to build a more open and transparent government.

Across the Administration, agencies are working to update our biennial Open Government Plans and we want to hear from YOU. As part of the Department’s commitment to openness and engagement, DOT will be hosting a Twitter chat on Monday, August 29 at 3:00pm ET to hear your suggestions on how best to build on our progress.

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If you need transportation statistics at a moment’s notice – for example, if you want to see a list of the most congested urban areas or if you want to find the busiest Amtrak stations – the Bureau of Transportation Statistics has a solution for you.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, BTS is introducing its most innovative product yet – a smartphone app for the Pocket Guide to Transportation.

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While USDOT is a federal agency, the impacts of our projects are felt most profoundly at the local level – on the roadways, transit systems, and other infrastructure that people use in their everyday lives.

Last week, I saw the game-changing potential of transportation firsthand when I joined local leaders in Baltimore to announce $10 million in TIGER funding for the North Avenue Rising project.

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To commemorate the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 50th Anniversary, the Department has celebrated each month by highlighting important transportation-related achievements over time and addressing some of the challenges ahead.  

This month, we’re turning our attention to one of the most important: climate change.

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In 2013, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, a bold plan that is now on track to reduce emissions from nearly every sector of our economy. 

Today, we are fulfilling one of the central promises in this plan – finalizing the second phase of greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy duty vehicles for model years 2018 and beyond.​​​

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Emergency responders understand the importance of safety better than anyone else. They face life and death situations every day when they go to work – at the scene of a crash, where they rescue victims and protect others.

Each year, an estimated 100 emergency responders are killed in the line of duty. That’s why the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in partnership with the responder community, developed the Traffic Incident Management – or “TIM” – Responder Training.

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