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Also in Kansas City, strengthening the freight network to help grow America

If you read my Fast Lane post from yesterday, then you know I was in Kansas City on Monday. And in addition to seeing the Prospect Avenue corridor on that trip, I also was able to visit the workers who are replacing the city's Manchester Bridge.

This bridge serves 90,000 vehicles a day; it feeds tons of freight into the Blue Valley Industrial District. But the current structure has deteriorated to the point where it has required repair after repair in recent years just to keep stay open.

Now, thanks to recent investment, the bridge will soon be able to move people and goods safely and reliably for generations to come. So, yes, we’re proud of that, but –to be honest– we’re also concerned...

Photo of Secretary Foxx with KC construction workers

U.S. Department of Transportation Celebrates Groundbreaking of Los Angeles Regional Connector, Improving Transit Efficiency

LA also awarded $1.7 million Ladders of Opportunity grant to enhance bus facilities

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today participated in the groundbreaking of the Los Angeles Regional Connector, a key light rail transit segment connecting three existing transit lines in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

Transportation improvements in Kansas City improve connection to the American Dream

The Prospect Avenue corridor in Kansas City, Missouri, has been struggling a bit from underinvestment in recent years, but --with some help from DOT-- that is changing.

A lot of people living along this corridor rely on the bus to get to work, to school, to medical appointments.  The Route 71 bus –which is just one of three routes on Prospect Corridor– carries 6,000 riders a day. But right now for some people, especially people with disabilities, taking the bus isn’t always an option because the infrastructure at and around the bus stops isn’t doing the job it’s supposed to...

Photo of Secretary Foxx looking at gaping hole in kansas city sidewalk

DOT working to create tomorrow’s Hispanic heritage today

Our nation marks Hispanic Heritage Month every year from September 15 to October 15, and DOT is proud of the innovative ways we observe the event.  This month's theme, "Hispanics:  A Legacy of History, a Present of Action, and a Future of Success," reminds us of the Hispanic leadership in our country and the pipeline of talent that lies ahead.

And we’re not just reminding people about that pipeline; we're helping build it...

Poster for National Hispanic Heritage Month

New rule opens the door to opportunity for disadvantaged business enterprises

It takes organizations like COMTO, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, to ensure that minority transportation workers aren’t unfairly denied higher-paying jobs or promotions, and that minority-owned, small, and disadvantaged businesses (DBEs) get a fair shot at contracting opportunities.

At DOT, we support that effort, too –not just making sure we rebuild America’s infrastructure, but making sure that all Americans can participate in building it. And last week, we raised the stakes with a new rule designed to improve our DBE program regulations...

Photo of construction work on the I-70 Stan Musial Bridge