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DOT meeting President's ambitious sustainability goals

As part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing initiative to reduce energy use, pollution, and waste --as well as saving taxpayer dollars!-- in Federal operations, agencies like DOT are required to release annual updates that show significant progress toward aggressive energy and sustainability goals. Last Friday, all Federal agencies did just that, and DOT is proud to say that, under the leadership of Secretary Foxx, we have continued to make significant improvements in our operations, and we now are exceeding many of the goals set by the President in 2009.

It might surprise Fast Lane readers to learn that agency improvements in energy efficiency and reductions in cost and waste can make a big difference, but they do. For example, the 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from Federal facilities since 2008 is the equivalent of permanently taking 1.8 million cars off the road. That's roughly the same number of cars registered in the entire state of Alabama.

At DOT, we've achieved outcomes similar to other agencies, and sometimes even surpassed them. Since 2008, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 29.2 percent exceeding the national federal facilities average...

Photo of green roof atop LEED-certified DOT headquarters

Extension of comment period, issued July 31, 2014

This action extends the comment period for an NPRM on transparency of airline ancillary fees and other consumer protection issues that was published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2014. The Department of Transportation is extending the period for interested persons to submit comments on this rulemaking from August 21, 2014, to September 22, 2014. This extension is a result of a joint petition filed by a number of airline associations to extend the comment period for the proposal.

FAA Welcomes Air Traffic Control Class of 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control Specialists manage the safest, most efficient airspace system in the world - ensuring 50,000 flights take off and land safely every day. It takes a dedicated, professional workforce to maintain this level of excellence, which is why I am pleased to announce that the FAA has extended tentative offer letters to 1,600 candidates to join this proud team as the next group of Air Traffic Control Specialists. The first training classes for this group will start at the Academy in September.

I could not be more excited about this new class of promising candidates.  This next generation of air traffic controllers is special because this February, we instituted an interim hiring process that was open to all Americans. This allowed the FAA to recruit even more of the best, most qualified candidates to keep our skies as safe as possible from a pool of 28,000 applicants...

Photo collage of air traffic controllers at work

The Use of Relay Conference Captioning

This memornadum explains the use of Relay Conference Captioning as a means of a reasonable accommodation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in the Department of Transportation. The memo also provides a brief overview of other forms of communication technology, and a summary table of the benefits and responsibilities for each. The memo is signed jointly by the Assistant Secretary for Administration and the Director, Departmental Office of Civil Rights.

Delivering the goods, a labor of love for UPS driver Jay Valentin

Like many Americans, when Jesus "Jay" Valentin --a UPS driver-- goes to sleep at night in his New Jersey home, he's got a lot on his mind.

He thinks about tomorrow's deliveries and worries about what the traffic will be like and what the weather will mean for road conditions. He calculates how much next month's mortgage payment will leave his family –his wife Jenny and four kids–  for savings. He wonders how he will pay for his daughter Tiffany’s college education –she’s 16 now and thinking towards the future.

Last Friday, I had the chance to meet Jay and some of his coworkers at the UPS hub in Secaucus, NJ. It was an eye-opener in many ways...

Photo of Secretary Foxx going over details with UPS driver Jay Valentin

U.S. Department of Transportation Celebrates Opening of Silver Line, Major Expansion of Metrorail Service in the Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and other U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials today celebrated the opening of the first phase of the Silver Line—the largest expansion of Metrorail service in 20 years—connecting the nation’s capital to Tysons Corner and the Reston area of Fairfax County. Secretary Foxx was joined by DOT Acting Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Congressman Frank Wolf, Congressman Jim Moran, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, and other state and local officials.

U.S. Department of Transportation Celebrates Grand Opening of Tucson Streetcar, Further Expanding Regional Transit Choices

Tucson, Ariz. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today celebrated the grand opening of the Sun Link Streetcar line. The new line will significantly improve transit options for thousands of area residents and connect major activity centers in downtown Tucson with health care facilities, the University of Arizona and other regional attractions. FTA Chief Counsel Dorval Carter joined Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other local officials at a ribbon-cutting event.

News Digest

PHMSA Harmonizes the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations with IAEA Standards and Regulations.  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule July 11, 2014; to incorporate changes adopted in the 2009 Edition of the International Atomic Energy Agency Safety Standards publication titled Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2009 Edition, Safety Requirement, No. TS-R-1.

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