The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Mobility on Demand (MOD) Initiative is helping communities nationwide incorporate the latest technology into their public transit services, with the goal of making them more effective, efficient, and equitable. Travelers in urban, suburban, and rural communities will benefit from better first- and last-mile connections, improved paratransit services, enhanced trip planning capabilities, and more.
Learn more about FTA’s MOD Sandbox Program
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working together to help keep pedestrians safe this Halloween. As trick-or-treaters take to the streets on Halloween, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly. Dark colored costumes and masks which challenge children’s peripheral vision are additional reasons for parents and motorists alike to be even more watchful for children on Halloween. Motorists should reduce speeds in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street. Parents should also review safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
On Halloween night 2016, between (6 p.m. until 5.59 a.m.)
- 47 people died and nearly a third were due to drunk drivers – three times the fatalities of an average day.
- Thirty percent of Halloween crash fatalities were pedestrians, compared to only 16 percent on an average day.
- Over the last four years, from 2012-2016, 22 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.
As motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of teen fatalities, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has marked this week, October 15-21, National Teen Driver Safety Week to urge parents and teens to take the essential steps to prevent accidents behind the wheel. Throughout the week, NHTSA and its many highway safety partners across the country will be encouraging you to get the facts and start the conversations- this week and every week – to talk with your teens and help keep them safe behind the wheel. NHTSA’s 5 to Drive Campaign encourages safe driving behaviors in teen drivers. Let your young driver know that obeying the rules is a prerequisite for the privilege of driving.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to supporting the 86.3 million Americans living in rural areas. The Department’s INFRA grant program will award at least 25% of funding to rural projects, and will consider rural projects to the greatest extent possible. For rural communities in need of funding for highway and multimodal freight projects with national or regional economic significance, INFRA is an opportunity to apply directly for financial assistance from the federal government. You can find out more at www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/infragrants.
About every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. To raise awareness and improve safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration are recognizing September 24-30, 2017 as the first national Rail Safety Week. At the end of 2015, there were 129,582 public highway-rail grade crossings and 80,073 private crossings. Rail collisions are not only dangerous, they are often deadly. Combined, railroad crossing and trespasser deaths have accounted for more than 95 percent of all rail-related deaths over the past ten years – that is too many. Learn more about rail safety at bit.ly/1Kbp1vF