One of the best parts of my job is seeing the great work FAA employees do each day to keep us safe in the skies, and last week I had the opportunity to recognize some outstanding Air Traffic Controllers for their performance under pressure. These awards are well-deserved, but the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) Archie League awards are not the kind of recognition that anyone seeks out.
These awards are presented to controllers whose actions helped a pilot through a potentially dangerous situation by employing technical skill, quick thinking, and clear communications. A pilot may end up in distress because of bad weather, a mechanical issue, or even a health problem; the controller’s response must be safe, coordinated, and quick...
When you talk to most people in the transportation industry, their career journey has often been filled with twists and turns and unexpected opportunities. Few students have a clear understanding of how their imagined career paths might lead them to working in this vibrant, multimodal field.
But transportation is always evolving and growing, and the workforce the industry needs is rapidly changing as well. To keep pace, women are now working in once male-dominated career fields. Today, you'll see women filling positions such as skilled high speed rail engineers; technically savvy aviation experts; astute truck, rail, transit, and maritime operators; and quick-minded statisticians and business analysts.
To help improve women’s participation in transportation careers, the industry must do its best to link them to role models and opportunities; show them how their efforts can have a great impact on local and national communities; and create an adaptable workplace that’s fair, flexible, and collaborative for all employees...
For Chris Rhoads – FRA’s Inspector of the Year in 2013 – rail safety is more than a profession. It’s a way of life.
“You take on this job to ensure safety for the general public, but also the railroad employees themselves,” says Rhoads, who gladly trains new State and Federal track inspectors and even volunteers with our rail safety education partner Operation Lifesaver.
Based in Pryor, Oklahoma in FRA’s Region 5, Rhoads specializes in inspecting railroad tracks and structures to ensure compliance with Federal regulations. But last May, while on assignment in Arkansas, Rhodes’ commitment to safety took on new meaning when a massive tornado swept through the area and caused massive flooding...
It’s a privilege to be able to serve military veterans and their families who’ve served all of us so well. Too often, though, it’s difficult and time-consuming for our veterans to find a way to get to the many resources that exist to help them.
That’s why the Obama Administration has worked with states, local governments, and transit agencies across the country to make it easier for them to make use of quality, convenient public transit in their communities. Together, we’re building ladders of opportunity that connect veterans and others to jobs, training, medical care, and the services they need.
Just in the last week, the Community Transportation Association of Idaho launched a new website that makes it easier for Idaho’s more than 140,000 veterans and active duty military personnel – as well as members of the general public – to find an affordable ride in one of the nation’s most rural states...
On Saturday, a devastating mudslide struck near Oso, Washington, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains along the Stillaguamish River. The slide swept through homes and across state Route 530. Today, our hopes and prayers are with the families and friends of those who died and with those still awaiting word on missing loved ones.
To help Washington state cover the costs of repairing damaged roads in Snohomish County, we have announced the immediate availability of $1 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration...
Although you've read a few spring-themed blog posts here in the past two weeks, at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation we don’t consider spring to have truly arrived until the Navigation Season opens and ships begin moving through the Seaway's locks.
And I'm happy to say that--with last Friday's official Seaway opening ceremony, Monday's opening of the two American locks, and Tuesday's transit of our first vessel--spring has sprung on the U.S.-operated portion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
The vessel Charlotte Theresa, first to transit Eisenhower Lock in the 2014 season.
The Seaway offers our nation an efficient, environmentally sound artery for freight moving into and out of American farms, mines, and manufacturing plants. For American businesses, the Seaway is a unique gateway to global markets.
Traditionally, one of the first signs of spring is the sight of blooming flowers and buds, but the first day of spring this year brought something special: the blossoming of a promising new road safety partnership among DOT, the International Chiefs of Police Association, and state police and highway patrol officers from more than 40 states.
The Drive To Save Lives is a united effort to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014. DOT is proud to join the IACP and law enforcement across the country in this education, awareness, and high-visibility traffic enforcement initiative to change high-risk behaviors that --all too often-- lead to crashes...
The moment we’ve all been waiting for is upon us. Winter is finally going away, the days are getting longer, and soon, we hope, they will be warmer. That means more time outside reviving the lawn and giving our gardens the love they need to spring up in style.
It also means that many of the personal and commercial construction projects on hold during the winter chill will now resume.
These are activities worth getting excited about, but when it comes to digging, we need to temper our enthusiasm with a does of safety sense: Excavation damage remains a leading cause of serious pipeline incidents...
Cross-posted from www.whitehouse.gov
A couple of months ago, my nine-year-old daughter came into my office with a list of priorities, things she would do if she had my job as Secretary of Transportation. (Her first priority, by the way, was to move every seat on the plane into first-class.)
Besides being one of those moments that every father wants to have on videotape, it was also a small reminder of what we know at the U.S. Department of Transportation: that there are many young girls who dream of a job in transportation – of learning to fly, for instance, or of becoming an engineer who designs a magnificent bridge.
Supporting these dreams isn’t something we should just do as parents; it’s something we should do as a nation.
After one of the colder, snowier winters in recent memory, spring is no longer just around the corner. Today, it has officially arrived.
The signs are everywhere: March Madness, spring training, school vacations. Gardening enthusiasts are laying the groundwork for planting. Winter's debris is being raked from lawns. And in the transportation business, more and more Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) is being produced and placed as road work gets underway around the country...