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St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the rich history and culture of the Irish. Regrettably, it is also a day when many make the dangerous choice of driving after they’ve been drinking.

From 2008 to 2012, drunk driving claimed 268 lives on St. Patrick’s Day alone—an average of 54 deaths on each St. Patrick’s Day in the past five years.

Graphic advising against drinking and driving on St. Patrick's Day

Whether you’re planning an extended St. Patrick’s Day celebratory weekend, or just an outing with friends and family on Monday, plan ahead for a sober ride home.

And on Wednesday, March 12, at 3pm ET, we’ll be on Twitter -- @NHTSAgov – sharing stats, tips, and ways to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day without drinking and driving. To have the most impact in this fight to save lives, we need YOU to join us...

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With loads of snow still on the ground across the country, it might seem out of place to let people know that--for much of the nation--this weekend brings a return to Daylight Savings Time. But it's true; early Sunday morning--2:00 a.m.--on March 9, we spring forward by setting our clocks an hour ahead.

Generally, that means more sunlight later in the day. But it also means an hour less sleep that first night, and--at least for a short time--it means darker mornings. With safety as our first priority here at DOT, we want to remind you to stay particularly alert behind the wheel while your body adjusts to the time change.

Infographic on Drowsy Driving

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When is 2.5 a big number? When it's the $2.5 billion in President Obama's proposed 2015 transportation budget for the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant program (CIG).

Many long-time Fast Lane readers will recognize that the transit CIG program is an evolution of FTA's popular New Starts program, also known as New And Small Starts. It might be confusing to follow the changing program names, but one thing that is not confusing is the program's continued value to communities across the country...

Photo of MBTA Green Line

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Cities and towns across the country are taking steps to make biking an option for their residents, but we have a responsibility to make sure that it's a safe option, too. Because, even though NHTSA reports national total crash fatalities at record lows, bicyclist and pedestrian deaths have not followed suit.

We won’t stand still at DOT and allow this crisis to build up over time. As I told the enthusiastic bicycling advocates yesterday at the 2014 National Bike Summit, our roads should be safe; they should be easy places to travel, no matter how we’re traveling on them...

Photo of Secretary Foxx at 2014 National Bike Summit
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At the Department of Transportation, we’ve been talking for months –if not years– about America’s infrastructure deficit. If you've been reading this blog, then you’ve heard me talk about 100,000 bridges old enough for Medicare, billions of dollars in backlogged transit projects, and the growing costs of waiting as cities and states put their transportation plans on hold. And you've seen our highway trust fund ticker and know how close we are to running out of money altogether.  

But a week ago, that all changed. Because last Wednesday, President Obama laid out his vision for a four year, $302-billion-dollar transportation plan to modernize this country’s infrastructure and put us on the path to solving this problem...

Graphic from D.O.T.'s 2015 Budget Highlights document

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If you're like most people, when you think about air traffic control and aviation safety, you probably picture an airport tower jutting into the sky with controllers inside focusing intently on their radar screens and the aircraft flying in and out of that airport. And while that's not an inaccurate picture, there's more to the story. The Federal Aviation Administration also has regional Terminal Radar Approach Control centers--aviation insiders call them TRACONs--and a Command Center where traffic management experts look at the big picture of our national airspace system...

Photoof Secretary Foxx at Command Center

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The good news? Thanks to the Obama Administration's unprecedented Recovery Act transportation investments, travel on American roads in good condition rose from 46.4 percent in 2008 to 50.6 percent in 2010. That's the highest two-year jump since we began using that metric.

The other news? We still have a lot of work to do. The same report that showed the increase in good condition roads, "2013 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance," confirms that this nation needs greater investment to maintain and improve our highway and transit systems...

Photo collage of bridges in need of repair, courtesy of Business Week

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced today that its annual "Be Ready. Be Buckled." student art contest has been extended for an extra two weeks!

Originally scheduled to end today, young artists now have until March 15, 2014, to submit their entries.

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In January 2011, President Obama outlined a plan to improve regulation and regulatory review. He challenged agencies across the federal government to review rules already on the books and remove those that are out-of-date, unnecessary, excessively burdensome, or in conflict with other rules.

The Department’s 2011 final plan listed 79 existing rules for which the Department had already undertaken or proposed actions that promise significant savings in terms of money and time. In addition, we identified 56 other rules with potential savings.

Today, even as the first round of reviews is being completed, DOT is launching a second round of retrospective review to save our partners even more. But, because we know that meaningful review requires meaningful input from those affected by the Department’s regulations, we need your help...

Photo of President Obama talking about making it easier to do business in America

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President Obama knows that transportation means opportunity. Five years ago, when he signed into law the Recovery Act, the President gave the Act an extra roar in the form of DOT's popular TIGER grants--the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery competitive grant program. Since then, over five rounds of awards, TIGER has invested in transportation projects that have revitalized communities across America.

Photo of President Obama and Secretary Foxx at the Metro Transit shop

Today, I traveled with the President to Union Depot Station in St. Paul, Minnesota, one of the recipients of our initial TIGER awards. Thanks to that TIGER I grant, the once-shuttered historic station is now open to the public for the first time in 40 years as the Union Depot Multi-Modal Transit Center.

The Depot is a perfect location for President Obama's announcement today that $600 million will be made available to fund transportation projects under a sixth round of TIGER...

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