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On December 26, the Port of Los Angeles proudly welcomed the largest container ship ever to call at a North American seaport.

The vessel, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, is built to carry nearly 18,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs or 20-foot containers); that's about a third more cargo than any container ship currently calling in San Pedro Bay or other U.S. ports. CMA CGM named the vessel in honor of one of our founding fathers, and we are honored that they chose Los Angeles as the Benjamin Franklin’s first U.S. port of call.

Benjamin Franklin

For the Port of Los Angeles, the arrival of the Benjamin Franklin says that the nation’s number one gateway for containerized trade is preparing for a new era of international trade; but, it also sends a powerful message to the nation as a whole about what it will take for our nation to compete in the global economy...

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The dedicated professionals at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made significant progress this year as we continued to modernize and streamline the nation’s air traffic system while also preparing the way for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to safely play a growing role in aviation.

In April, we completed the program to replace the aging computer system that had been the core technology in our network of high-altitude air traffic control centers. The new system, En Route Automation Modernization, or ERAM, is now the backbone for our NextGen Air Transportation System, driving the display screens used by controllers to safely manage and separate aircraft.

We’ve also been devoted to making sure that pilots of small unmanned aircraft are able to safely enjoy their pursuits...

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A lot of people are going out tonight to celebrate New Year's Eve, and for many of them that celebration will involve alcohol.

In 2014, 9,967 people died in drunk driving crashes in the United States. That's more than one person killed every hour. Don't start 2016 by becoming a tragic statistic or causing someone else to become one.

It's simple; if you've been drinking, don't drive...

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The New Year is an occasion synonymous with hope —an opportunity to take the lessons of the past and apply them to the future. And there is no better time than the holiday season to take a moment and reflect on what was accomplished over the past 12 months before turning the page and focusing on the work that needs to be done in 2016. As someone who has led a research-focused organization for nearly five years, I have come to recognize the true value and versatility of transferable lessons.

Research, like the start of a new year, offers the promise of greater clarity —it provides a vantage point for effective decision-making and solutions to problems like pollinator health and transportation land use. It can help us understand how we can improve the way we get around, and how we can meet the freight challenge created by a growing population...

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Ensuring Safe, Accessible, & Expanded Public Transportation Options for our Growing Population

Ridership on public transportation continues to grow, and in 2015 the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) helped meet that growing demand by working with local partners across the country to build essential public transportation projects. At the same time, we used our relatively new safety oversight authority to help ensure the safety and reliability of transit systems nationwide. And, we continued to focus our investments in public transportation projects that will provide ladders of opportunity in communities that need them...

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At the Federal Highway Administration, we’ve reached the end of the year but definitely not the end of the road.

Last January, I helped kick off the year near the Piscataqua River between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at the first groundbreaking of any U.S. bridge for 2015 – the $201 million Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement project, which relies heavily on a $25 million TIGER grant and other federal funds. Originally slated to open 2 years later in 2017, that project set the tone for what proved to be a year filled with historic achievements and new beginnings.

For example, America’s highways and byways carried more U.S. drivers than ever before, with an estimated 3.1 trillion vehicle-miles traveled expected this year. And overall freight tonnage is estimated to have increased this year as well. With more drivers, more freight, and more overall weight, America’s highways and byways are doing more work than ever...

MassDOT Whittier Bridge

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Ever since we saw Marty McFly break the handlebars off a little girl’s scooter to facilitate his escape in 1985, American youth have been waiting for real-life hoverboards to hit the market. This year we got pretty close, and their explosive popularity is apparent; just take a look at the thousands of videos of ridiculously talented riders or --to see the flip side of that coin-- do a search for “hoverboard fails” and try pulling yourself away.

Hoverboard scene from Back to the Future as an animated G.I.F. file

There’s just one problem. Hoverboards and many other common electronic devices are operated by lithium batteries, a powerful, lightweight and rechargeable source of energy that is generally safe when manufactured and handled properly...

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WASHINGTON, DC.  In late-breaking news, the Department of Transportation has approved an application submitted by a Mr. Kris Kringle (d/b/a "Santa Claus") for special air transportation operating authority.

That authority, limited to a single night, was announced in a hastily-assembled press conference by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  According to Foxx, Kringle has outfitted his vehicle, an "airborne sleigh," with an 8 RP engine and has on hand a ninth reindeer equipped with supplemental safety and navigation gear.  The Federal Aviation Administration has inspected the unusual vehicle and certified its airworthiness...

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From Evergreen, Alabama, to Mistletoe, Kentucky, U.S. roads tie communities together like ribbon on the world’s biggest gift. And whether you're heading to Santa Claus, Arizona, or Santa Claus, Indiana, this week, our highways and byways will carry you and millions of other Americans looking forward to celebrating the season with friends and family.

North Pole, Alaska, to Christmas, Florida

From the Boston Post Road of the 18th century to the Cumberland Road of the 19th, the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System of the 20th, and our newest Interstates in this century, the highway network truly is a gift that keeps on giving, no matter what the season.

But this season, our roads do get crowded, and weather conditions can get messy. So, if you’re one of the many who will be doing some holiday driving this week, give yourself more time than normal, and please drive safely...

Welcome sign for North Pole, Alaska

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Today marks a major milestone in our ongoing work to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System and protect both safety and innovation in aviation.

Beginning today, anybody who buys a small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds must register before they fly outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must register by Feb. 19, 2016.

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