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Yes, we did: the 5-Year Anniversary of the Recovery Act

On February 17, 2009--five years ago--President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In office less than a month, he took a huge step forward in leading this nation out of its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. At the U.S. Department of Transportation, we knew the important role transportation could play in getting the economy back on its feet and when given the opportunity to help through Recovery Act funds, we said, "Yes, we can."

Five years later, DOT is proud to say, "Yes, we did."

Close-up photo of pavement work

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Visits I-95 Express Lanes

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today visited the I-95 Express Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, a project that reflects how transportation can help create the type of economic opportunities President Obama discussed in his State of the Union address this week.  The $112 million project used $105 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Department of Transportation.  Secretary Foxx was joined by U.S. Representatives Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Lois Frankel, along with state and local officials.

FHWA celebrates re-connected San Bernardino

In 1959, if you happened to be driving in San Bernardino, California, a new freeway there could have provided you with a modern transportation route. Unfortunately, it also kept one part of town separated from the other.

But not anymore.

Last week, I traveled to California and joined officials from Caltrans, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG)  and the City of San Bernardino at a ribbon-cutting for the I-215 widening project. This was a big undertaking and a special endeavor for a lot of reasons.

Photo of ribbon cutting for I-215

4th bore partnership helps Caldecott Tunnel turn a corner

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.

It’s a chapter about the effectiveness of partnership, a partnership of dedicated workers, a 130-ton rock-cutting drill, the state of California, and –I’m proud to say– the U.S. Department of Transportation. How effective? As the Contra Costa Times reported, the new lanes opened ahead of schedule and under budget.

Photot of workers putting finishing touches on Caldecott Tunnel tube
Workers put finishing touches on new Caldecott bore; all photos courtesy Caltrans.

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Highlights American Innovation and Green Jobs at Proterra Plant in Greenville, SC

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today toured the floor of the Proterra, Inc. manufacturing facility in Greenville, South Carolina, where over 120 workers were recently hired to assemble a new generation of battery-powered, fast-charging transit buses that will soon deliver a clean, quiet ride to cities and towns across America. Secretary LaHood’s visit follows President Obama’s State of the Union Address, in which he stressed the importance of targeted investments to foster the American ingenuity, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit that will make our nation more competitive globally and strengthen our economy here at home. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and Proterra, Inc. CEO Jeff Granato joined Secretary LaHood for the facility tour.