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AV 3.0 Roll Out

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery By
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao
AV 3.0 Roll Out
DOT Headquarters
Washington, DC
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thank you, Derek [Kan] for that introduction.

Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0”

The first joint, multi-modal guidance document for on-road surface transportation automation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today released new Federal guidance for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system. ‘Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0’ (AV 3.0) builds upon—but does not replace—voluntary guidance provided in ‘Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety.’

Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Drivers Be Aware:  It’s Back-to-School Time

It is back-to-school time in the U.S., which means 50 million more reasons drivers should concentrate on driving safely -- especially around schools, school buses, bus stops, crosswalks and bicycles.   About 50 million students attend America’s public elementary and secondary schools.  Over 35 million are in prekindergarten through 8th grade.  Most have been on summer break and will be heading back to school in the coming weeks.  Kids will be commuting to school on foot, by bicycle and by school bus or private vehicles. 

Updated: Monday, August 27, 2018

USDOT Announces Safety Data Initiative, Pilot Programs to Apply Innovative Analysis to Transportation Safety

Multi-dimensional models of the transportation system will provide insights that will help improve safety on our highways

WASHINGTON – The U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is launching a multi-modal initiative, including two pilot programs to modernize its data analysis and integrate its traditional datasets with new “big data” sources to gain insights into transportation safety. 

Updated: Monday, January 8, 2018

DOT Announces Over $23.8 Million in FY 2017 Hazardous Materials Planning and Training Grants

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) today announced it is issuing three separate hazardous materials training related grants totaling $23,870,045.  The grants are part of PHMSA’s comprehensive approach to improving the safe transportation of hazardous materials across the country.

Updated: Friday, October 6, 2017

DOT Issues Nearly $2.5 Million in Grants to State Entities, Local Communities, and Non-Profit Organizations to Spur Involvement in Pipeline Safety Efforts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced today that it is issuing $2,488,497 in grants to state entities, local communities, and non-profit organizations to address pipeline safety challenges related to damage prevention and to promote more involvement in local pipeline safety initiatives and awareness efforts.  The grants are being awarded to governmental entities and organizations spread across 24 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Updated: Monday, October 2, 2017

FMCSA Awards More Than $70 Million in Grants to Enhance Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has awarded more than $70 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety.

“Our shared goal of a safer transportation system is a top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.  “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.”

Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018

Deb Fischer and Elaine L. Chao: Seeking Nebraska views on infrastructure plan

Deb Fischer and Elaine L. Chao: Seeking Nebraska views on infrastructure plan

Fischer, the senior U.S. senator from Nebraska, is chairman of the Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. Chao is U.S. secretary of transportation.

Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Keeping America’s Bridges Safe and Reliable

Each day, thousands of qualified bridge inspectors evaluate the safety and condition of the nation’s bridges. Bridges are inspected on a routine basis, and the results are reported to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). If a bridge is deemed unsafe, immediate action is taken – which could include immediate repairs, weight restrictions or outright closure.

While state departments of transportation are on the front lines conducting the inspections, FHWA provides the standards and oversees state programs to ensure safety and track bridge conditions nationwide. We know the National Bridge Inspection Program works because bridge conditions are improving nationwide. Notably in the last five years, the number of bridges rated in “poor” condition has steadily declined. We are going in the right direction and expect that to continue.

While safety has always been the priority, FHWA has worked constantly over the years to improve the national program and ensure that bridge inspections continue to be robust.  We’ve developed training and are committed to finding new and better ways of making sure bridges are safe. 

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