WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx today outlined his top priorities for the Department of Transportation, highlighting America’s infrastructure deficit and identifying ways for the Department to use innovation and improved planning to stretch transportation dollars as effectively and efficiently as possible. Secretary Foxx also discussed his vision for multimodal transportation providing greater economic “ladders of opportunity” to all Americans and reiterated the Department’s commitment to safety.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
Remarks at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board Chairman’s Luncheon
Washington, DC • January 15, 2014
Now more than ever, we're being asked to stretch every transportation dollar as far as possible. One of the most effective ways we're doing that at the Federal Highway Administration is through our Every Day Counts initiative, which is saving State DOT's millions of dollars and delivering the benefits of road and bridge projects to travelers much more quickly.
If you want to see the future of project delivery, just take a look at the winners of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 America's Transportation Awards Competition and the states that made them happen. These two projects delivered the benefits of better roads, bridges, and highways sooner and more efficiently, using Every Day Counts innovations promoted by the Federal Highway Administration.
Utah's I-15 Corridor Grand Prize-winning project
The Department of Transportation Chief Information Officer is developing an IT Vital Signs reporting tool to affect better strategic alignment of the services and allocation of resources of the Department’s information management and technology resources in order to identify business outcome and operational efficiency opportunities.
The Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) is developing an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) based, Business Service Catalog (IT to Business Units). Faced with continued cost pressures, as well as growing customer demand for new services and higher service levels, IT operations of many Global 2000 corporations as well as Federal government agencies are embarking on fundamental business transformations. Federal CIOs and other IT executives must align their business services with the needs of their customers, improve customer satisfaction, and deploy standardized processes to achieve greater operational efficiency.
VisualDOT is a Web-based data visualization tool. It gives users the ability to select and view Department of Transportation (DOT) information in easy-to-understand ways. Using geospatial maps, visualDOT integrates information collected by the DOT Operating Administrations, and provides ways for users to create a context or story out of that data. Users can visually explore how the nation’s vast transportation network affects their lives by dynamically creating and interacting with maps and graphs pertaining to transportation themes and interest areas.
IdeaHub is an online community that facilitates innovation and collaboration within the DOT and the Operating Administrations (OAs). It’s designed to bring comprehensive, cultural change to the DOT through the use of a collaborative website. IdeaHub is more than a suggestion box. Through this exciting online community, you and your colleagues will be able to submit, comment on, improve, and rate each other’s ideas. No idea is too big or too small.