A native of Marianna, Arkansas, former Secretary Rodney Slater shares his personal story, from growing up in rural America to serving as our nation’s 13th Secretary of Transportation.
If you’ve followed DOT’s Fast Lane blog over the last few years, you know that the Obama Administration believes that airline passengers deserve to have access to clear and complete information about the airlines they choose to fly, and to expect fair and reasonable treatment when they fly.
That’s why today, I’m pleased to announce that DOT is taking a number of actions to enhance protections for air travelers and promote competition in the airline industry.
These actions are a result of the Department’s continued commitment to ensuring that passengers are treated fairly by the airline industry, as well as an executive order issued by President Obama directing federal agencies to identify specific actions to relieve undue burdens on competition and better inform consumers.
Recently, I participated in the 24th and final roundtable to talk about moving our Freight Economy Forward. Our last meeting took place in St. Louis, Missouri, a city strategically located for freight movement.
These community conversations have provided valuable feedback about our future freight infrastructure needs, helping to inform Secretary Foxx’s Beyond Traffic Framework, a look ahead at our transportation needs for the next 30 years.
Recently, the 70 women participating in the 2016 Leadership Program of WTS International, the association for the advancement of women in transportation, had the opportunity to hear from Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez and a panel of five senior-level female executives at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Deputy Secretary Mendez applauded the women in the room for making a difference in the transportation industry. He spoke about how women are under-represented in the in the transportation industry and more needs to be done to attract, retain, and advance women to be a part of it.
Today, we celebrate the Department of Transportation's 50th birthday - take a look back at some moments in DOT's fifty year history.
Yesterday, I was pleased to join stakeholders from the disability and aviation communities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA).
The ACAA is one of America’s greatest civil rights achievements, and Secretary Foxx and I share a deep personal commitment to upholding the intent and spirit of this act to ensure that our air transportation system is accessible for people with disabilities.
The future of transportation can seem far off, but the truth is, in many ways, it’s already here.
Take Pittsburgh as an example: now as you drive down the street, it’s entirely possible you will see a self-driving car driving alongside you. A city once known for heavy industry and steel mills is at the forefront of a revolution in transportation technology.
Today, I’m proud to announce that Pittsburgh is one of over 15 communities nationwide that will receive nearly $65 million in USDOT grants to implement advanced transportation technologies.
With one of the nation’s busiest transit systems and extensive walkable neighborhoods, San Francisco is a fitting place for a gathering of professionals who are dedicated to building livable, vibrant communities around public transit.
Today, I visited San Francisco to participate in the 2016 Rail~Volution Conference, where I was proud to announce the award of grants to 16 organizations across the country through the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning Pilot Program.
At the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the safety of those who ride and work on our nation’s transit systems is our highest priority.
That’s why we recently announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for a new Safety Research & Demonstration (SRD) program, which puts $7 million of competitive grant funding toward innovative public transportation safety projects nationwide.
The Interstate system ceremonially begins at Zero Milestone, a small and often overlooked obelisk next to the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse south of the White House. It is the point from which a historic Army convoy led by Lt. Col. Dwight Eisenhower began in 1919, making clear our nation’s need for a system of highways and byways.
Now, we are at a new milestone. We are embarking on a similarly ambitious quest, and we need you to come with us. We call it the “Road To Zero.”