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U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration Eliminates One of the Nation’s Largest Rail Chokepoints in Chicago

CHICAGO – Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo today joined Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Senator Dick Durbin and other federal, state and local officials for the dedication of the Englewood Flyover project.

Welcome to Throwback Thursday

How often do blog readers go back and browse through the archives? Not very often, but some of those oldies (and not-so-oldies) still continue to resonate powerfully a year or more later.

So today, we introduce a new feature in the Fast Lane: Throwback Thursdays.

We're starting with a post from November 2013, celebrating the opening of the fourth bore of California's Caldecott Tunnel. We hope you'll see that investing in congestion-relieving, time-saving projects like this produces a wealth of benefits that continue to make lives easier and our economy more vibrant long after the ribbons are cut.

That's why Transportation Secretary Foxx has been criss-crossing America calling on Congress to support the Administration's GROW AMERICA Act, a long-term plan that will support millions of jobs, improve our transportation system, and strengthen our economic outlook.

With the opening Friday of a fourth tube in the Caldecott Tunnel, commuters in the Bay Area will turn the page on a new chapter in transportation.

APTA’s Annual Conference and EXPO

Secretary Anthony Foxx

Remarks at APTA’s Annual Conference and EXPO
Houston, TX
October 14, 2014

Thank you. Thank you, APTA. It’s great to be here this afternoon. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to receive an introduction from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, someone who is a fierce fighter for American values, for transit, and for transportation.  And my goodness, she never lacks for enthusiasm.  Thank you very much, Congresswoman Jackson Lee.

US Merchant Marine Academy and American Merchant Marine Museum make National Register

The National Park Service has announced that the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point and the Barstow Mansion, home to the American Merchant Marine Museum on USMMA’s McNulty Campus, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. This designation recognizes USMMA’s  historical significance to the nation, and acknowledges the architectural importance of the buildings.

"The addition of USMMA’s campus and the American Merchant Marine Museum to the National Register guarantees that the rich history of the Academy will be preserved for all Americans - not just Kings Pointers." said Rear Admiral James A. Helis.

USMMA is located just twenty miles from New York City, in Kings Point, a village in the Great Neck region of Long Island...

Photo of Wiley Hall on USMMA campus

News Digest DOT 96-14

BTS Releases Directive for 2015 Airline On-Time Reporting - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today issued its annual directive detailing the requirements for the reporting of airline on-time data for calendar year 2015. In 2015, BTS will receive reports from 14 airlines. Spirit Airlines will be required to report for the first time in 2015 while Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways will begin reporting jointly. American Airlines and US Airways will continue to report separately.

It's obvious, but bears repeating: Manufacturing Makes America

Apparently, the first Friday in October is Manufacturing Day. I say "apparently" because here at DOT, we're thinking about America's manufacturers a little more often than that.

When we invest American dollars in transportation projects, those projects are made of manufactured items and vehicles. Track, ties, and locomotives for rail. Catenary and cars for streetcars. Buses and benches and shelters --and more rail stuff-- for public transit.

Then, there's the fact that these items and vehicles are built with component materials that are also manufactured --from innovative wheelsets to hybrid engines all the way down to the nuts and bolts that literally hold our transportation system together...

Infographic on manufacturing and the economy

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