This morning, Secretary Foxx blogged about the opening of Denver's revitalized Union Station, a model for the nation of multimodal mobility and of innovative financing. It's hard to think of a better project to kick-off a week that features two key celebrations: National Transportation Week and Infrastructure Week.
On May 16, 1957, Congress approved the third Friday of May each year as National Defense Transportation Day. And in 1962, Congress updated the request to include the whole week as National Transportation Week to provide an opportunity to celebrate the community of transportation professionals who keep our country moving.
Infrastructure Week 2014 is led by a diverse partnership of organizations including the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, Building America’s Future, 1776, the Organization for International Investment, the Value of Water Coalition, and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Last week, the Denver Post ran an op-ed about the city's Union Station, observing that the past has become the future.
I think that accurately captures the revitalized historic station. Because more than 130 years ago, Denver's Union Station established itself as the heart of that city. And with last Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony, it reclaimed that spot. Because Union Station, with a new bus facility and rail connections, will significantly improve transportation options in downtown Denver and beyond.
It is once again Denver’s transportation hub, and the gateway to one of America's fastest-growing cities.
As cities take steps to increase transportation options, many people choose to ride a bike to work or walk. Timed with National Bike to Work Month, the Census Bureau has released its first-ever report on biking and walking to work. If you have ever wondered who chooses this form of commuting, this report highlights annual American Community Survey information on biking and walking but also offers new information about these travel modes for specific populations.
Although changes in rates of bicycle commuting vary across U.S. communities, many cities have experienced relatively large increases in bicycle commuting in recent years. The total number of bike commuters in the U.S. increased from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the period from 2008 to 2012, a larger percentage increase than that of any other commuting mode...
Yesterday, in a post about energy transportation safety, I wrote that in the near future, we're going to have to move more energy. Well, the reality is that we’re going to have to move more everything --more people and more goods. In fact, by 2050, we’ll have to move almost twice the amount of freight we currently do.
And whether we are ready to do that safely and efficiently is more of an open question now than it ever has been, mostly because we have struggled to maintain transportation funding levels in recent years.
Earlier this week, I sent a letter to all the state departments of transportation. It warned them that, if action isn’t taken, the Highway Trust Fund could become insolvent as soon as August. And if that happens, it will be nearly impossible for communities to keep their infrastructure in good shape.
First-grader Annie Yu and third grader Heather Li live more than 1,000 miles apart, but both young students had the same message for commercial drivers recently: "Be Ready. Be Buckled."
And that's the message all of our 12 winning Art Contest entries will share on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's "Be Ready. Be Buckled." 2015 Calendar. Co-sponsored by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, the annual contest and calendar are two of the ways we try to get more commercial drivers to buckle up --every trip, every time...
Safety was on my mind when, yesterday, I went up to Capitol Hill to speak before the Senate Commerce Committee. My testimony came one week to the very hour after a train carrying crude oil derailed near downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. The crash sent oil spilling into the James River, and ignited flames on the banks of that river, causing the evacuation of a 20-block area.
As I told committee members, we’re very fortunate no one was killed, let alone hurt.
I also told them about two steps we took earlier yesterday to make transporting oil by rail safer: a Safety Advisory, strongly urging those shipping or offering Bakken crude oil to use tank car designs with the highest level of integrity available in their fleets, and an Emergency Order requiring shippers and energy companies to identify the routes Bakken crude oil is traveling and to notify state emergency responders so they can work with communities along those routes to prepare local police and fire departments...
This morning, thousands of students and parents across the country strapped on their helmets and backpacks and rode their bikes to school. Many of them do this every day, but for many of them it was a special ride in celebration of the third annual National Bike to School Day.
Bike to School Day – coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School – is an opportunity for schools, communities, bike advocates, health organizations, and parents to introduce kids to the benefits of bicycling safely to school. And it was great to join National Center Director Lauren Marchetti at Lincoln Park here in Washington, DC, for the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Association's festivities.
Yesterday, I joined the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the Southwest Movers Association, the American Moving and Storage Association and the Better Business Bureau to kick off National Moving Month in Austin.
In 2014, more than 35 million Americans will move, and the month of May marks the start of the prime moving season. This is the time when many families and individuals think about what moving company to hire, and our job is to ensure that it will be a productive and safe one. With our focus on safety and consumer protection, we are working to enforce rules and educate consumers on how to protect themselves against moving fraud. Last year, FMCSA received more than 3,100 consumer complaints – many of these were against “rogue” movers who take advantage of consumers.
As Secretary Foxx has said many times, the only way we’re going to fix America’s transportation infrastructure is if everyone puts their ideas on the table and has an honest discussion about how we can find common ground and forge a path forward.
That’s why, one week ago, Secretary Foxx submitted the Department’s surface transportation proposal GROW AMERICA to Congress, and that’s why America’s maritime industry came together yesterday in Washington, D.C., to chart a sustainable marine transportation system course for the future...
Last month, as part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution encouraging the international community to take road safety into consideration and recognizing the value of an integrated approach to sustainable transportation. Now, when Americans think of sustainability, we often focus on fuel economy and emissions, but safety is a key part of the sustainability equation, particularly when, around the world, 1.24 million people are killed in road traffic incidents every year and more than 50 million are injured.
Young adults aged between 15 and 44 years account for 59% of those deaths globally. Closer to home, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people (ages 5-24) in the U.S. That's why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proud to join with the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) in sponsoring Global Youth Traffic Safety Month...