The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will launch the 2018 national railroad grade crossing safety campaign, “Stop. Trains Can’t.” on February 26th. The campaign is part of DOT’s ongoing effort to increase public awareness around railroad tracks and reduce crossing deaths and injuries.

Railroad crossing incidents and fatalities are a long-standing problem, but they are easily avoidable. Trains cannot swerve, stop quickly or change directions to avert collisions, so motorists must be prepared to stop at crossings and proceed cautiously. It can take a freight train traveling 55 miles per hour a mile or more to stop after emergency brakes are applied—the length of 18 football fields. Additionally, by law, trains have the right of way.

For more information on the “Stop. Trains Can’t” campaign, visit https://www.transportation.gov/stop-trains-cant.

Railroad Grade Crossing Infographic

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to supporting the Trump Administration’s framework for rebuilding America’s infrastructure. Our Nation’s infrastructure is in an unacceptable state of despair, which damages our country’s competitiveness and our citizen’s quality of life.

You can find out more at https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/building-stronger-america.

Infrastructure Graphic. construction workers working on builidng a bridge and buildings

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding motorists to check their vehicles for open recalls as part of its Safe Cars Save Lives Check for Recalls campaign. Consumers nationwide are urged to check for recalls frequently and to sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts to be notified if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.

  • Visit NHTSA.gov to find out if your car or truck is under recall. Search using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Your search result will tell you in your car or truck is currently included in any safety recall.
  • Call your local dealer to schedule the free repair if your vehicle is under recall.
  • To help build recall awareness, a suite of safety videos to help inform consumers on how to check for recalls, how vehicle recalls and investigations work, and important safety information on what every vehicle owner should know.

US DOT and NHTSA continue to advocate for the safety of the consumer and encourages motorists to visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls for information related to their vehicles and to contact NHTSA online or by calling the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

Safety Recall Tips and Stats infographics

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Did you know that there are 11,000 tire-related crashes each year? We here at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration want to make sure you have the tools to avoid a crash. Your safety is our top priority.

Whether you’re getting ready for a winter weekend road trip or just performing routine maintenance on your vehicle, don’t forget that your tires are important for safety and savings.

Tire Facts

  • Only 19% of consumers properly check and inflate their tires.
  • 1 in 4 cars have at least one tire that is significantly underinflated.
  • Tires lose about 1 psi (pound per square inch) of pressure each month. So be sure to check your tires monthly.

NHTSA offers everything you’ll need to know about tires and safety on nhtsa.gov. It covers: buying tires, maintaining them, how age can affect their safety, and the important information contained on their labels. Want to be Tire Wise? Check out these helpful tips and look to the site for even more information.

In the Garage Tire inforgraphic with tire statistics

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In the United States, transit ridership has grown by more than 20 percent in the last decade, reaching its highest levels since 1957. To keep track of the industry and provide public information and statistics as it continues to grow, FTA’s National Transit Database (NTD) records the financial, operating and asset condition of transit systems.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics National Transit Map offers data from hundreds of transit agencies about their stops, routes, and schedules.

Transit Facts

  • Americans took 10 billion trips on public transportation in 2017. Of these, 5 billion trips were on bus, vanpool, and demand response services; 4.9 billion trips were on rail transit; and 78 million trips were on passenger ferry.
  • During the last 20 years, transit ridership has increased 26 percent.
  • FTA provides funding to support nearly 3,000 transit providers – from commuter systems in our largest cities to lifeline services for the elderly and people with disabilities in small towns and rural areas across the country.

Source: National Transit Database

National Transit Map Statistics

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