Today marks an exciting day for anyone who’s been curious about travel to Cuba.
This morning in Havana, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin, Cuban Minister of Transportation Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez and President of the Cuban Civil Aviation Institute (IACC), Ministry of Transportation Colonel Alfredo Cordero Puig formally signed an arrangement --reached in December-- that provides for re-establishing scheduled air services between the United States and Cuba for the first time in more than half a century. This arrangement represents a major step forward in President Obama’s policy of engagement with Cuba.
The new arrangement means that U.S. carriers will have the opportunity to operate up to 20 daily roundtrip flights between the United States and Havana and up to 10 daily roundtrip flights between the United States and each of Cuba’s nine other international airports, for a total of up to 110 daily roundtrip flights. In addition, there are no changes to charter flights...
I represent those who write "Baltimore, Maryland," as their address. And when making decisions for the city, I must keep in mind over 600,000 people --a daunting burden to some. So, you can imagine my excitement when we had the chance to partner with DOT’s Transportation Empowerment Pilot Program, LadderSTEP to ensure those same 600,000 men, women, and children have transportation access...no matter their neighborhood.
If you're not familiar with Baltimore, you might not know that by building US 40 right through several neighborhoods, planners physically divided communities and all but isolated them in every way from the city's commercial, cultural, and educational opportunities.
Now, more than 50 years later, Re-Connect West Baltimore is a $4 million project expected to begin this spring. We are doing this and more to finally create a vibrant, safe passage across US 40...
One of our most important jobs at the Federal Aviation Administration is ensuring that all aircraft operators can safely use our nation's airspace. Our efforts to integrate unmanned aircraft have grabbed the majority of the headlines for the last few months, but we also have a long history of working with another innovative sector in aviation – the commercial space industry.
Commercial space includes activities like launching satellites, delivering cargo to the International Space Station, and in the future, space tourism. And as the industry continues to grow and change, the FAA’s approach is evolving as well.
And it is growing. More than 250 people attended the 19th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference last week, including representatives from a number of commercial space companies as well as officials from NASA and other government agencies. All were buzzing about the industry’s tremendous growth.
But the story is bigger than growth; a rush of innovation is changing what's possible in commercial space...
This is not a rocket launch; it's a Space-X Falcon 9 rocket LANDING.
One of America’s biggest transportation challenges over the next 30 years will be our growing population. With 70 Million more people being added by 2045, we’ll have more people moving between home and work, and more freight sharing our roads.
One of the best tools we have for combatting the resulting traffic congestion is the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. Through its New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity grants, the CIG program helps build subways, light rail, streetcars, and Bus Rapid Transit lines that move more people more efficiently while helping preserve clean air and improve quality of life. Just as importantly, those projects build real ladders of opportunity in communities across the country – bringing jobs, education, healthcare, and shopping within reach.
This year in President Obama’s proposed FY 2017 budget, we’re recommending 31 projects in 18 states to share in $3.5 billion that will help expand mobility, create jobs, and spur economic development...
Like my fellow Mayors across the country, my job as is often all about infrastructure. I work most days to keep our vital systems and services operating smoothly. This includes finding additional resources to make important and urgent investments in our infrastructure.
Over the past two years, transportation and transit infrastructure have been top priorities. Opening the new Atlanta Streetcar, expanding the Atlanta BeltLine, passing the $250 million Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond, and pushing forward on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive streetscape improvement project - these projects can transform the city of Atlanta one neighborhood at a time.
As a former mayor, Secretary Foxx understands that this requires federal support and technical assistance at the local level, and that is exactly what his Transportation Empowerment Pilot, LaddersTEP, is. He has recognized that improving local infrastructure translates to the kind of economic growth that doesn’t leave anyone behind...
Under President Obama’s leadership, we have turned our economy around and created 14 million jobs. Our unemployment rate is below five percent for the first time in almost eight years. Nearly 18 million people have gained health coverage as the Affordable Care Act has taken effect. And we have dramatically cut our deficits by almost three-quarters and set our Nation on a more sustainable fiscal path.
Yet while it is important to take stock of our progress, the budget proposal the White House released today is not about looking back at the road we have traveled. It's about looking forward and making sure our economy works for everybody. It's about choosing investments that not only make us stronger today, but also reflect the kind of country we aspire to be – the kind of country we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren.
The $98.1 billion the President is requesting for DOT in Fiscal Year 2017 reflects an ambitious 30-year vision for this Department to take the United States Beyond Traffic and toward a transportation network that matches the changing geography of where people live and work; fosters innovation and takes advantage of evolving technology; and provides access to opportunity without regard to zip code or any other demographic...
When a State develops a project that promises to improve safety, ease congestion, and remove bottlenecks to speed the flow of freight, that's the kind of plan the Federal Highway Administration is proud to support.
The U.S. 301 Mainline in Delaware, which broke ground yesterday, is that kind of project.
Not only will the new U.S. 301 create jobs for the men and women building the route, but when finished, it will also help people keep their jobs at companies that can cut shipping costs. And for the commercial truck drivers struggling to get between Delaware and Virginia, it will help them do their jobs better.
Fifty years ago – just two years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act was enacted – President Johnson signed the act creating the US Department of Transportation. The two events might seem unconnected, but they are inextricably linked.
Transportation has always been a civil rights issue. Throughout our history, the transportation and civil rights have been intertwined…for good and bad. Just look at three seminal moments in the long spectrum of the fight for civil rights: Plessy v. Ferguson, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Freedom Rides. They all centered on the ability of all people to have equal access to transportation because you cannot exercise your full rights as a citizen or develop your full potential if you cannot move freely.
But while we eventually desegregated the buses and trains, we didn’t do as good a job at making our transportation systems and decision-making truly inclusive. That’s much harder work...
The news is out: 77 cities from Reno to Rochester and Anchorage to Albuquerque have submitted applications for DOT's first-of-its-kind Smart City Challenge.
If you don't know about our Challenge, we asked mid-size US cities to send us their plan for using data, technology, and creativity to shape how people and goods move. The winning city will receive up to $40 million in Federal funding. In addition the winner will receive $10 million in support from Paul Allen's Vulcan, Inc., to help mitigate emissions plus free installation from Mobileye of Mobileye Shield+ TM safety technology for the city's fleet of transit buses.
Having a plan is essential when building something long-lasting and worthwhile. As public transportation faces an increase in ridership along with aging infrastructure, a safety plan is key to meeting growing demand while keeping passengers and workers safe.
Today, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a proposed rule for the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (Agency Safety Plan) and a notice of availability for the proposed National Public Transportation Safety Plan (National Safety Plan) that would provide a blueprint for transit agencies to make that happen.