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Introducing the redesigned www.dot.gov

Your online gateway to American transportation

Welcome. You might have noticed some big changes to this site. We've redesigned our online gateway from the bottom up with you--the people who visit our pages--in mind.

DOT is here to serve the American people, and the redesigned site reflects our commitment to service by making it easier for you to find the information you need. Our team used direct public feedback and usability testing to build a site designed around what you want to do when you visit us online.

We want you to be able to rely on www.dot.gov as a useful transportation resource, so the new www.dot.gov has 3 main goals:

  • To help you find what you need as easily as possible. That’s why we’ve divided content along audience lines. So, whether you’re an individual seeking consumer information or one of our partners looking for guidance, we’ve got you covered.
  • To make the most popular resources more accessible. Along the left side of the new page, you’ll find “Top Requests,” a handy catalog of the website activities most often sought by dot.gov visitors. If you’re a veteran seeking a transportation-related job, this is the place to find information. If you’re shopping for a car and are searching for vehicle safety ratings, look no further. And if you’re working in transportation planning and are curious about how the new transportation law will affect your projects, we’ve got the answers.
  • To arrange our resources in line with how you think about transportation. As you probably know, the work of DOT is performed by different Operating Administrations like the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and others. But most people don’t think about operating administrations —they think about trucks, buses or airplanes. And that’s why we’ve added 10 different buttons corresponding to different modes of transportation. Interested in Waterways? There’s a button for that.

We hope our new design makes it easier for you to find what you seek--and make new discoveries along the way.

We also hope you'll continue to let us know how we can make our site more useful to you, so we've made sure there's a "+Feedback" link available on every page. After all, the site is called "dot.gov," but it belongs to you.

Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012