U.S. Department of Transportation
The Mission of the USDOT
To ensure our nation has the safest, most efficient and modern transportation system in the world; that improves the quality of life for all American people and communities, from rural to urban, and increases the productivity and competitiveness of American workers and businesses.
Office of the Secretary
“Safety will always be our number one priority.” – Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The Office of the Secretary (OST) oversees the formulation of national transportation policy and promotes intermodal transportation. Other responsibilities range from negotiation and implementation of international transportation agreements, assuring the fitness of US airlines, enforcing airline consumer protection regulations, issuing regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug abuse in transportation systems, and preparing transportation legislation.
Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Information
During emergency situations, DOT will post information related to transportation permits, waivers, and other regulations and authorities that are applicable during an emergency. Under the National Response Framework, DOT is the primary federal agency for the Emergency Support Function - 1 - Transportation (ESF-1).
Secretary Chao on Safety
July 10, 2018
“The Department’s goal is to encourage the safe deployment and integration of AV technology, while maintaining maximum individual choice and enhanced safety.”
November 13, 2017
“The ability to test for a broader range of opioids will advance transportation safety significantly and provide another deterrence to opioid abuse, which will better protect the public and ultimately save lives.”
November 2, 2017
"The Drone pilot program will accelerate the safe integration of drones into our airspace by creating new partnerships between local governments, the FAA, and private drone operators.”
October 2, 2017
“The grants we’re issuing today are more than just about protecting pipelines or promoting awareness, it’s about saving lives.”
September 28, 2017
“Our shared goal of a safer transportation system is a top priority. These grants will further assist state and local officials in their efforts to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes and injuries each year, and have the potential to save hundreds of lives.”
Safety in Action
DOT Modal Information
Pipelines and Hazmat
Roadway and Bridges
Trucking and Motor Coaches
Promoting Innovation and Competition in Transportation
USDOT is working with other U.S. Government agencies and with transportation stakeholders across the country on human trafficking initiatives.
In November 2012, the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking partnership was launched. The partnership is an open membership group comprised of transportation and travel industry stakeholders, in order to maximize the transportation industry’s collective impact in combating human trafficking. The partnership identified five key focus areas: Industry leadership, Industry training and education, Policy development, Public awareness, Information sharing and analysis
NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESOURCE CENTER
GET HELP and connect with a service provider in your area
REPORT A TIP with information on potential human trafficking activity
LEARN MORE by requesting training, technical assistance, or resources