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When we talk in Washington, DC, about the challenge of financing the transportation maintenance and improvements needed in every state in America, members of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) know exactly what we mean.

After all, our state legislators are the ones who have to figure out how to stretch a budget so their state can modernize a key airport. They're the ones who have to cast the difficult votes that mean their state can fix one road but not another...

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With ReCat, busy FedEx World Hub increases departure capacity

FedEx NextGen Demo in Memphis

Last week, on a visit to Memphis, I was fortunate to have the opportunity of touring the FedEx World Hub at Memphis International Airport. The FedEx facility covers more than 800 acres and is operated by more than 11,000 FedEx employees moving an average of over 1.5 million packages through the hub each day.

What I saw is a terrific example of using innovation to improve transportation...

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There are 2.6 million miles of pipeline crisscrossing our nation, running under our streets and neighborhoods.  And underground there are utility lines that deliver most of the energy used to heat, cool, and operate the nation’s homes, cars, and businesses. 

That’s why it is so important that everyone from backyard DIY’ers to utility workers to independent contractors always call 8-1-1 before they dig to avoid major disruptions and injuries, and even loss of life.

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Today it was great to be back in Portsmouth to celebrate the opening of the new Memorial Bridge, a vital connector for the people of both New Hampshire and Maine.  I was here 18 months ago, on a cold February day, to see some of the demolition work on the old bridge, and it’s fair to say we wouldn’t have been there today without a tremendous team effort by the leadership, congressional delegations and transportation officials of both states.

That teamwork was especially helpful in securing a $20 million TIGER grant that helped move this project forward.  The bridge is a perfect example of what transportation is all about.  It links cities and states.  It joins communities and families.  It supports jobs and businesses.

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Yesterday, I made my first official visit to Ohio, thanks to an invitation from Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman. It was great to see firsthand the terrific work being done by the Ohio DOT on the Columbus Crossroads Project, the first major overhaul of this critical highway intersection in more than 50 years.

As Mayor Coleman knows, transportation is about more than the roads we pave. It's about quality of life, and the Columbus Crossroads Project makes that abundantly clear.

Photo of workers doing a concrete pour at night onthe Columbus Crossroads Porject. Photo courtesy Ohio D.O.T.

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Photo of workers preparing the U.S.S. Kansas City for departure from Suisun Bay

In the photo above, workers prepare the U.S.S. Kansas City for its July 31 departure from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet to Mare Island Shipyard in Vallejo, California. There, the vessel--the third of the Navy's Wichita-class replenishment oilers--will be cleaned of invasive species and exfoliated prior to being recycled in Brownsville, Texas. Below, the Kansas City heads toward Mare Island.

Photo of U.S.S. Kansas City leaving Suisun Bay

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2012 brought us the warmest year on record for the continental United States. It also brought us more than $100 billion in damages from climate and weather disasters, including $65 billion from Hurricane Sandy alone. The images from Sandy--boats strewn across New Jersey rail lines, flooded PATH tunnels, and underwater MTA stations--offer a clear demonstration of the climate challenges transit agencies face.

The Federal Transit Administration has been working hard to help America's transit agencies protect themselves against the negative effects of climate change.

Photo of submerged 86th Street subway station

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This morning, the Today Show aired a story educating consumers about rogue household movers. Investigative reporter Jeff Rossen follows one couple's move to Colorado that was made much more complicated and stressful by the household goods company they chose. The segment features an interview with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro and—spoiler alert!—a happy ending.

FMCSA encourages everyone considering a move to visit www.protectyourmove.gov. There, you'll find tips on how to spot the red flags of moving fraud and a "Before Your Move" checklist to help you protect your memories and your money!

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From the first day I became Administrator, it was clear that the real strength of the Federal Highway Administration is its people.  We serve the American public effectively because of our team of talented and dedicated employees.

Those words certainly fit three of the folks in our Pennsylvania Division. Between them, they have combined for an incredible 147 years of federal service, most of it with FHWA. In fact, two of them began their careers with the Bureau of Public Roads...before FHWA even existed.

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From left to right: Director of Field Services Martin Knopp, Carmine Fiscina, John Bork, Nancy Morgan, FHWA Executive Director Jeff Paniati
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Last weekend in Wisconsin, the National Governors Association held its annual Summer Meeting. There, governors met to discuss the critical issues facing states and to share their experiences and best practices for addressing those issues. I was honored to participate in a joint session of the NGA's Economic Development & Commerce and Natural Resources committees, "Under Construction: Building a National Consensus on Infrastructure."

In kicking off the session, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard reminded participants that "Infrastructure is a backbone to our nation and our states, sustaining quality of life and promoting the flow of commerce. As governors, we understand the connections between roads and bridges, locks and dams, and the communities they serve."

"Infrastructure connects us," Governor Daugaard said, "and its planning, construction, operation, and maintenance requires a national commitment."

Wide photo of the Joint Session with governors and Secretary Foxx seated around a large table

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