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United States, Mexico Reach Modernized Aviation Agreement

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that a new, modernized air service agreement has been reached that will expand opportunities for passenger and cargo carriers to provide service between the United States and Mexico, and strengthen the economic ties between the two countries.  The new agreement with Mexico includes unlimited market access for U.S. and Mexican air carriers, improved intermodal rights, pricing flexibility, and other important commercial rights.

Throwback Thursday: We can only GROW if we work together

Almost exactly a year ago, Transportation Secretary Foxx addressed the National League of Cities. He then turned to the Fast Lane to blog about what it means to city leaders that drivers in their cities spend an average of 42 hours a year stuck in traffic and how an increasing population is only going to make matters worse unless we invest in infrastructure solutions.

For today's installment of Throwback Thursday, we re-publish the Secretary's blog post and remind readers that, for more than a year, he and President Obama have proposed concrete solutions --through GROW AMERICA, our four-year, $302 bllion legislative proposal-- and advocated tirelessly for revitalized American transportation and the jobs and economic growth that reviatlization would bring.

With a newly elected Congress heading toward Washington, we also re-publish in this post the Secretary's advice that, "It is only when we work together that we can go from gridlock to open road, open harbors, and open skies."

date widgetWorking together, investing in American transportation

Yesterday, I addressed the members of the National League of Cities, and it was a pleasure to be among leaders who understand the value of investing in America's transportation. Because League members know that, last year, drivers in this country's cities spent an average of 42 hours stuck in traffic. That's more than a full-time week of work.

Photo of a congested suburban road

November is Native American Heritage Month

November marks Native American Heritage Month. DOT takes special pride in working hand-in-hand with Tribal governments and Native peoples across this country. We make sure that they have the skills and the resources they need to build better transportation systems –and better lives too.

Several of our operating administrations have been at the forefront of this effort.

Year round, but especially during Native American Heritage Month, DOT embraces this culture while continuing to look for opportunities to further collaboration and strengthen our partnerships with Tribal Governments and Native Peoples across this country...

Photo of road work on Federal Lands

Stephanie Jones

Acting Director, Office of Civil Rights

Ms. Jones was sworn in as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Transportation in January 2014.  In this role, Stephanie serves as a senior adviser to Secretary Anthony Foxx and the Chief of Staff, and helps to manage a department with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime and surface transportation. 

Throwback Thursday: Ongoing economic recovery means millions of jobs

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 214,000 jobs were created last month, dropping the unemployment rate to its lowest level in six years. The announcement marks the latest --and certainly not the last-- chapter in a recovery that has created or saved millions of jobs, many of them because of investments in transportation.

However, at DOT, we know it’s sometimes difficult to understand the real impact on real people of these abstract job numbers, to put faces and families to statistics. So, for today's episode of Throwback Thursday, we want to remind you of just one of those individuals whose job was likely saved because of a transportation investment. His name is Wayne Cupp, and this spring when Secretary Foxx met him on the road, he decided to tell Fast Lane readers Wayne’s story.

Date widgetMeet Wayne

I want to introduce you to some of the people I am meeting on our bus tour.  I’ve always believed transportation is more than steel, concrete, and asphalt; it’s ultimately about the people across America – those who work to build it and those who use it (all of us).
Yesterday, I met Wayne Cupp at the Siemens motor plant in Norwood, Ohio...

Photo of Secretary Foxx with Wayne Cupp