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In San Francisco, riders of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) commuter rail are all too familiar with the challenge of finding a parking spot at transit stations on weekdays. With thousands of people – 35,000, at last count – on waiting lists to purchase limited monthly permits for BART parking lots, local officials are encouraging transit riders to carpool to maximize potential for daily parking.

At an Federal Transit Administration-hosted mobility workshop in April, 11 transit agencies reported on their progress after receiving Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox grants to test technologies that could improve situations like the one in San Francisco and find better ways of doing business.

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Buy a new suit for the new job. Make sure the kids are enrolled for the next school year. Find a new doctor. These are all items that might be on your to-do list when planning a move.

If you are one of the approximately 35 million Americans who are planning to move this year, let me add one more item that should be at the top of the list: Check out the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s “Protect Your Move” website.

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Residents of cities and towns across the country deserve clean air and efficient transit options.  America’s entrepreneurs and forward-thinking transit manufacturers have the knowledge and innovative spirit to make both a reality.

To help local transit agencies connect with American companies that can help them better serve their residents, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced in April that $55 million in competitive grant funds will be available through FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. The Low-No program supports projects sponsored by transit agencies to bring advanced, American-made bus technologies such as battery electric power and hydrogen fuel cells into service nationwide.

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It’s National Bike Month, a time when everyone who rides a bike should refresh their cycling safety knowledge and spend time thinking about ways to stay safe when riding. It’s also a time when parents and teachers should teach young people the safety basics when using roads and sidewalks, and a natural part of that conversation includes staying safe when on foot.

To help parents and teachers begin that conversation, the Federal Highway Administration provides a video series, the Pedestrian Safer Journey, which is a suite of resources available for educators and parents to use in sparking conversations with children and youth about pedestrian safety.

These conversations are important because in 2015, for example, America endured a 9 percent jump in pedestrian deaths. A total of 5,376 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle-related crashes that year.

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As the weather warms, Americans are stepping out of their cars to walk, bicycle, or motorcycle to their destination. Unfortunately, while Americans increasingly choose transportation alternatives, motor vehicle crash-related pedestrian and cyclist deaths are also on the rise. With this in mind, and as we recognize May as National Bike Month, it is more important than ever for everyone to Share the Road

In 2015, America endured a large and significant spike in motor vehicle fatalities, with a 9 percent and an 8.3 percent jump in pedestrian and motorcyclist deaths respectively. A total of 5,376 pedestrians and 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle-related crashes that year.

Deaths among bicyclists rose by 10 percent in 2015, with motor-vehicle-related crashes taking 818 lives and injuring an estimated 45,000 bicyclists.

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More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. The importance these small businesses hold in our economy is why every year since 1963 the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

This year Small Business Week is April 30 - May 6, and we want small business owners to know that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is here to help. OSDBU provides technical and financial assistance, small business outreach and training services to help members of the nation’s small business community compete and participate in federally funded contracts.

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It’s generally safer when riding a bike on the road to stay to the right so cars can pass, but in some circumstances it’s actually safer to “take the lane,” which means to move to the center of a lane and essentially assert control of the space.

Taking the lane might not be the first thing cyclists think of when considering bike safety, but it’s an important topic covered in the Federal Highway Administration’s video series Bicycle Safer Journey, which is a suite of resources available for educators and parents to use in sparking conversations with children and youth about bicycle safety. The resources include three videos — one for ages 5 to 9, one for ages 10 to 14, and one for ages 15 to 18— accompanied by quizzes and discussions.

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As National Distracted Driving Awareness month draws to a close, the Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. In 2015, distracted driving killed 3,477 people and injured 391,000.

To help raise awareness of the potentially tragic outcomes of texting and driving, NHTSA is hosting a Tweet Up on Friday, April 28, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving. People can follow along using the hashtag #JustDrive, and should feel free to mention @NHTSAgov.

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America’s highways are in need of upgrades, especially when more people are expected to be on the roads in the years ahead.  Because the nation’s travel needs are continuing to grow, we need to find new ways to pay for improvements. 

The Highway Trust Fund still provides the bulk of highway funding, but it’s not keeping up with the rising cost of repairs and construction. Thankfully, the Federal Highway Administration’s Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) program is helping guide the country toward new options.

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Cutting-edge technologies are helping to improve America’s highway system, and real-time data reporting systems are helping us make better use of our highways and bridges.

The Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program (ATCMTD) is doing just that by funding state-of-the-art transportation improvement technologies that reduce congestion and help us maintain our infrastructure.  Now in its second round, the program is providing $60 million in funding  again this year. Last year, the program funded eight innovative projects in various parts of the country intended to improve the efficiency and safety of the transportation system and make the most use of existing capacity for commuters and businesses.

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