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Transportation challenges, economic opportunities

When people ask me about my priorities as Transportation Secretary, I always say that safety must come first at DOT.

But we must do more than ensure safety and maintain our current infrastructure.  With the U.S. population expected to grow by 100 million in the next 30 years, we must also make sure our transportation system is prepared to meet that growing demand.  It will be a big challenge, but it also represents a powerful opportunity. 

Photo of Secretary Foxx greeting a passenger on the Loyola Streetcar line

Secretary LaHood Announces $527 Million in Funding for New Round of Popular TIGER Grant Program

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that $527 million will be available for a third round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program, which funds innovative transportation projects that will create jobs and have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area.

U.S. Department of Transportation Budget Invests $129 Billion in Restoring America’s Economic Competitiveness

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today said President Obama’s $129 billion budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation, the first year of a comprehensive six-year transportation plan, will lay a new foundation for economic growth and competitiveness by rebuilding the nation’s transportation systems, enabling innovative solutions to transportation challenges and ensuring the highest level of safety for all Americans.

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