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Over the weekend, the new National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors on the National Mall.

Secretary Foxx recorded this video in commemoration – a reading of the Langston Hughes poem "I, Too."

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As popular blogger Evonne Lack has said: “Becoming a parent can feel like you’ve moved to a different planet.”

Your new bundle of joy depends on you for everything, bringing all kinds of challenges. Even the best of parents and caregivers could use some help – and that’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and our partners established Child Passenger Safety Week.

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At the United States Department of Transportation, we understand how important transportation planning is to addressing regional transportation priorities.

That’s why we are engaging with regional transportation decision makers at Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to understand their concerns and challenges and work together to strengthen our regional planning agencies, improve regional coordination, and streamline decision-making. 

It’s an approach we call MPOwerment

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If you’re curious about how innovative transportation planning can lift Americans out of poverty and connect people to opportunity, I encourage you to check out Volpe’s outstanding speaker series, The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, and Innovation.

Today, I want to shine the spotlight on Volpe’s next speaker, Ben Hecht, whose talk From Transit to Access: Rethinking How Cities Connect Their Residents to Opportunity will take place tomorrow, September 23 at 12 PM Eastern.

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Last week, we achieved a milestone in our efforts at the Federal Transit Administration to find ways to help people who lack reliable transportation to their healthcare appointments.

I’m pleased to highlight the awarding of $7.3 million in funding through FTA’s new Rides to Wellness grants to 19 projects in 16 states. These projects will go far toward helping solve the challenge of improving healthcare access in this country.

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Today, Secretary Foxx announced USDOT’s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy – new guidance that establishes a framework for the safe, effective incorporation of automated vehicle technology.

We’ve developed this FAQ along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address some common questions about the Policy and automated vehicles (AVs) in general.

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Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of speaking on behalf of DOT at the international Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Secretary Foxx chose this conference to launch the Safer People, Safer Streets initiative two years ago.

This year, I had the privilege to share our progress and lessons learned from this initiative, and to announce the latest chapter in the Federal Highway Administration’s ongoing efforts to make our streets safer for cycling and walking: our Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation.

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Today, local elected officials and their staff from communities across the country are gathering at USDOT’s headquarters in Washington, DC for the 2016 Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets.

At the Summit, I recognized the winners of the Mayors’ Challenge Awards, which acknowledge some of the most impressive accomplishments communities have made toward improving pedestrian and bicycle safety during the Challenge.

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It’s nearly unfathomable how much we rely on healthy oceans. These remarkable ecosystems feed us, provide jobs, and generate trillions of dollars in economic activity. But, every day, our oceans are threatened by unsustainable illegal fishing, marine pollution and climate change.

Secretary of State John Kerry launched the Our Ocean Conference in 2014 to draw attention to these threats and to empower future generations to be responsible stewards of our oceans. It’s a privilege for me to let FastLane readers know that SeaVision — developed by DOT’s go-to multimodal research arm, Volpe, the National Transportation Systems Center, on behalf of the U.S. Navy — will be one of the three featured exhibits at Our Ocean 2016.

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Earlier this week, I attended the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference in Vancouver, Canada, where two outstanding DOT employees were recognized by the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP) for their singular efforts in creating safer, more efficient street networks for those traveling on foot, by bike and in vehicles.

Barbara McCann of the Office of the Secretary of Transportation was presented with the 2016 ABPB Lifetime Achievement Award, while Dan Goodman of the Federal Highway Administration was named the recipient of the APBP 2016 Professional of the Year – Public Sector Award.

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