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See no danger, hear no danger, think solution.

For those of us with sight, it may be difficult to truly understand the challenges that some of our peers face on a daily basis. In addition to our sight, we depend on our other senses to alert us to possible danger. 

In many cases, being able to hear a possible danger is equally or more important than seeing it. That’s the logic behind NHTSA’s new sound requirement for all newly-manufactured hybrid and electric vehicles. 

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As part of the Department’s 50th Anniversary, we’re celebrating veterans in transportation throughout November. Today’s #TranspoStory feature comes from Air Force Veteran Jerry from Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. Jerry – who served in the Vietnam War - shared his transportation story through DOT’s Share Your Story website.

“While browsing through the Trinity College library in 1963, a book caught my eye, “The Interurban Era” by William D. Middleton. Fascinated by how electric trolley and interurban rail lines had spread across America, I kept that book in my dorm room for a year.

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Last Friday, Americans held Veterans Day ceremonies all around the country. Once again, I had the distinct pleasure of publicly honoring the legacy of our fighting men and women.

Gathered with veterans, their families, and fellow Americans at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall here in Washington, DC, we paid tribute to all service members, past and present, of our United States Armed Forces.

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Last week, I traveled to St. Louis to host a workshop designed to build a more regional approach to transit planning. My trip was part of U.S. DOT’s series of MPOwerment roundtables, which focuses on the roles that Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) play in the transportation planning process.

While in St. Louis, I took the opportunity to get a first-hand look at how the city and region are planning for a successful future with forward-thinking transportation projects.

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is seeking nominations for a Voluntary Information-Sharing System (VIS) Working Group. The VIS Working Group’s mission will be to explore ways government and industry can do a better job sharing information relating to our nation’s pipeline infrastructure.

The VIS Working Group will advise the Secretary of Transportation on important pipeline safety issues, including whether PHMSA should establish an information-sharing system for pipeline owners and operators, ways to encourage pipeline inspection information sharing, and best practices for protecting proprietary and security-sensitive information.

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At the U.S. Department of Transportation, we’re always looking ahead to the next technology, project, or policy that will improve mobility and safety for all Americans. That’s why I’ve been closely following Volpe’s thought leadership speaker series, The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, and Innovation.

The Future of Transportation’s final event will take place tomorrow, November 9 with NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, who will discuss challenges and opportunities related to highly automated vehicles.

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The end of Daylight Saving Time is around the corner ­– at 2:00 AM this Sunday, November 6.  In my household, we like to take this opportunity to make sure our safety checklist is up to date by doing things like checking the batteries in our smoke detectors and the charge in our fire extinguishers.

We also check for open recalls on our family cars. Vehicle recalls occur on a daily basis, and the few minutes spent preparing your family can help keep everyone safe on the road ahead. 

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Today’s #TranspoStory feature comes from Silas from Washington, DC. In the video below, Silas shares how a new pedestrian bridge has impacted his community.

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At the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), we want transit agencies to provide the safest working conditions possible for transit workers across the country. We take the safety of transit workers as seriously as we take the safety of passengers.

This summer, FTA launched the National Online Dialogue on Transit Worker Assault, a platform allowing industry leaders, transit employees, and concerned citizens to share valuable ideas on preventing and mitigating assaults on transit workers.  

I have a message for everyone who participated in the online dialogue: FTA hears you. Transit worker assault is a serious, often-underreported issue, and there are many measures available to address it.

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Here in Las Vegas, one of the busiest arterial streets is the colorfully-named Flamingo Road – an essential commuting and traveling corridor for tens of thousands of Nevadans and visitors every day.

Over the past few years, thanks in part to USDOT grant funding, Flamingo Road has been undergoing a suite of upgrades to improve its infrastructure, particularly for transit and active transportation like bicycling and walking.

Last week, I was proud to join local officials to announce the completion of these improvements, which will help provide more modern, convenient transit options to the Las Vegas community.


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