On January 5, 2017, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s released his Cabinet Exit Memo, highlighting some of the key accomplishments of the Department of Transportation over the past eight years and outlining challenges and opportunities for the future. Point your browser to www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/DOT-EXIT-MEMO-FINAL.pdf to read the memo.
The U.S. Department of Transportation formally began operating on April 1, 1967 with a mandate of ensuring that the United States has a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that will meet our vital national interests and enhance our quality of life. While that continues to be the mandate of the department, the practical implications of this have changed as the nation’s population has grown, and the way we move ourselves and our goods has dramatically changed.
The exit memo discusses the Department’s work to address these challenges, including making investments in infrastructure funding, unlocking the promise of new transportation technologies, promoting safety across our transportation systems, advancing environmental sustainability, and connecting people and communities to opportunity.