May has only just arrived, and already it's shaping up to be a busy month on the transportation calendar. In addition to National Bike Month, National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Global Youth Traffic Safety Month--all of which we begin celebrating today--we'll also be marking National Transportation Week from May 11 through May 17.
Since the month's safety messages are shared across several modes of transportation, we're kicking off May with a single consolidated message to all users of our nation's highways and streets: let's Share The Road...
As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month comes to a close, we are not about to slow down in our efforts to increase road safety and raise awareness about the consequences of distracted driving.
We're closing the month by sharing the latest video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but our work continues. We hope that Liz Marks' story will remind you of what's at stake when we say #JustDrive. Please watch this brave testimony from Liz and her mother Betty, and share it with your loved ones...
On Monday, I was in Indianapolis to help kick-off an innovative project to bring dedicated bicycling lanes to six American cities. The Green Lane Project by PeopleForBikes is a two-year program that will help the cities — Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle— add modern, protected bike lanes to their streets. The Green Lane Project provides selected cities with valuable financial, strategic, and technical assistance.
The on-street bike lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts, and aim to make riding a bike an appealing option for people of all ages and abilities. In addition, automobile drivers find that dedicated, protected lanes organize streets, making it easier on them than shared lanes.
I'm happy to say that the transportation bill we sent to Congress yesterday includes resources to support additional investments in bike safety and bike infrastructure...
Today, I’m sending a legislative proposal to Congress that is designed to bring transportation ideas to the table.
Already, we’ve seen both parties make significant progress towards a bipartisan agreement on a multi-year bill that extends opportunity for workers and businesses alike. We believe our bill will help continue that progress.
The GROW AMERICA bill is based on the proposal the President announced in February. It ensures the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and also advances a number of common-sense bipartisan reforms...
I am very proud to report that DOT has made great progress with sustainability over the last several years.
Through the hard work and innovation of our employees, and commitment from each of the Operating Administrations (OAs), we have transformed our Department—rising from the bottom to the top half of all federal agencies —with our sustainability performance. Our remarkable progress is captured on the Department’s annual OMB Energy and Sustainability Scorecard, where we have gone from a majority of red scores to a majority of green scores in three years.
DOT is committed to incorporating sustainability principles into our policies, operations, investments, and research as we work to improve the national transportation system...
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In 2012, more than 3,300 people were killed in crashes where distracted driving was a factor – and an additional 421,000 were injured. These are moms and dads, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. With approximately 660,000 drivers using cell phones or other electronic devices at any given moment of the day, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
That's why I'll be at the Harvard School of Public Health at 11:30 this morning (Eastern time) to participate in a Distracted Driving forum hosted in collaboration with The Huffington Post. We'll talk about why it's so important to end this epidemic and what we're doing to make that happen.
And we're streaming the forum live, right here in the Fast Lane...
Today, I visited Casselton, North Dakota, to reaffirm DOT's commitment to making sure energy products transported by train are carried safely.
One thing I emphasized this afternoon is that all of the actions we have taken to date are just first steps. More safety measures are on the way.
In fact, I was happy to have the opportunity in Casselton to announce that DOT plans to send a comprehensive rulemaking package to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs next week. The proposal will include options for enhancing tank car standards. We look forward to working collaboratively with OIRA on the Administration’s proposal and initiating the formal comment process as soon as possible...
Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced completion of a nationwide infrastructure upgrade that will enable air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability, while also giving pilots more information in the cockpit. It's a key improvement in our Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) radio network supports a satellite-based surveillance system that tracks aircraft with the help of GPS. The installation of this radio network clears the way for air traffic controllers to begin using ADS-B to separate equipped aircraft nationwide.
With the upgraded surveillance and broadcast system and aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out transponders, aircraft positions on controller screens update almost continuously, compared to every 4.7 seconds or longer with radar, providing more accurate aircraft location information than the current radar system.
In Clarksdale, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta, public transportation is a real lifeline. Ridership there and in the seven-county region served by the Delta Area Rural Transit System (DARTS) has grown 40% in the last two years, offering many a connection to jobs, healthcare, and a full life in their community.
That’s why it’s absolutely essential that the buses keep running safely and reliably. And that’s what DARTS and the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center will be able to do now that they've modernized and upgraded their regional maintenance facility, thanks in part to Federal Transit Administration funding...
In March, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrator Cynthia Quarterman reminded Fast Lane readers that excavation damage remains a leading cause of serious pipeline incidents and that, "Damage to pipelines or other underground utilities can easily be prevented with a call to 811, the national hotline that connects you with a local utility locator."
I cannot emphasize to you strongly enough the importance of knowing what's below before you get out a shovel. Whether you're a professional contractor or an amateur gardener, please Call 811 before you get started on a project that requires any digging at all.