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Throwback Thursday: Ongoing economic recovery means millions of jobs

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 214,000 jobs were created last month, dropping the unemployment rate to its lowest level in six years. The announcement marks the latest --and certainly not the last-- chapter in a recovery that has created or saved millions of jobs, many of them because of investments in transportation.

However, at DOT, we know it’s sometimes difficult to understand the real impact on real people of these abstract job numbers, to put faces and families to statistics. So, for today's episode of Throwback Thursday, we want to remind you of just one of those individuals whose job was likely saved because of a transportation investment. His name is Wayne Cupp, and this spring when Secretary Foxx met him on the road, he decided to tell Fast Lane readers Wayne’s story.


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I want to introduce you to some of the people I am meeting on our bus tour.  I’ve always believed transportation is more than steel, concrete, and asphalt; it’s ultimately about the people across America – those who work to build it and those who use it (all of us).
 
Yesterday, I met Wayne Cupp at the Siemens motor plant in Norwood, Ohio...

Photo of Secretary Foxx with Wayne Cupp

Stimulus Investments in Transit Still Paying off Big in Two Midwestern Cities

In both Normal, Illinois, and St. Paul, Minnesota, USDOT stimulus grants for multimodal transportation facilities are still creating good construction jobs and revitalizing urban neighborhoods. The success of these modest, one-time investments suggests that a more robust federal commitment to transportation—such as that envisioned in the GROW America Act—could be strengthening local economies everywhere.

That’s the takeaway from two recent studies by Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan group based in Washington, DC, that promotes smart growth for working families. These studies are online at www.goodjobsfirst.org.

The studies detail the job-creation benefits of the new Uptown Station in Normal and the restoration of the St. Paul Union Depot. Both projects were financed in part by Transportation Infrastructure Generating Employment Recovery (TIGER) grants, a part of the federal stimulus that has since been continued and would be expanded under the GROW America Act...

Photo of construction work for Uptown Station

Eastern North Carolina powering American transportation

Eastern North Carolina struggles with persistent poverty.  The region was hit hard by the recession.

But what I saw during my visits with Congressman G.K. Butterfield to the towns of Kinston and Mount Olive really impressed me.  Eastern North Carolina is bouncing back.  And they’re doing it by rebuilding their economy around transportation.

Federal investments in passenger rail and transit are benefiting the region. In fact, in other cities like Los Angeles and Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh, passengers are riding trains that, in a sense, are powered by Mount Olive company, IMPulse...

Photo of Secretary Foxx at ImPulse
Photo courtesy U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield!

New Transit Career Website Offers One-Stop Shop for Training, Career-Building

Public transportation is a $55 billion industry that employs thousands of Americans in jobs at all levels –from executives and managers, to planners and engineers, to bus drivers, electricians, and mechanics.  As these workers retire, and as demand increases for more transportation services, job opportunities in transit are expected to grow rapidly—creating a range of opportunities for a new generation to join a dynamic profession that is so vital to the health of our economy and the future of our nation.

That’s why I am excited that the Federal Transit Administration is supporting a new online tool that connects job-seekers and students with employment opportunities in transit.  The Transit Virtual Career Network (VCN) acts as one-stop shopping for those preparing for a career in transit, with a window onto nearly 60 different career choices...

Screenshot of Transit Career Site

FAA hiring Air Traffic Controllers; Virtual Career Fair this Wednesday, February 12

Today could be the day your dreams take flight. For the next two weeks, the Federal Aviation Administration is accepting applications for new Air Traffic Controllers for positions across the United States.

A career in this field is more than just a paycheck. It's a chance to save lives through proactive approaches to aviation safety, to reduce aircraft exhaust emissions, and help bolster our economy by enabling more cost-effective air travel.

It's also an exciting time to join the FAA. The next generation of aviation innovation is happening now as we shift to smarter, satellite-based, digital technologies to manage our national airspace. We're making America's flying experience more convenient, more predictable, and safer than ever...

Working together, investing in American transportation

Yesterday, I addressed the members of the National League of Cities, and it was a pleasure to be among leaders who understand the value of investing in America's transportation. Because League members know that, last year, drivers in this country's cities spent an average of 42 hours stuck in traffic. That's more than a week of full-time work.

Photo of a congested suburban road

This isn't to say the United States doesn't have the best transportation system in the world. We do.

Rather, the problems we’re witnessing in our cities are in large part problems of congestion. And those are problems that we know won’t go away on their own; in fact, population pressures will make them worse.

By 2042, America’s population will swell by nearly a third, up almost 90 million –with 19 new metropolitan areas reaching the million-person mark...

Helping America's veterans secure a promising future

On Monday, November 11, Americans across the country will honor our veterans and their families for their tireless work and the sacrifices that have kept our nation safe. And DOT is proud to thank these great heroes for their service by making the transition to civilian careers in transportation easier.

Our veterans have the skills and experience to help rebuild America, so we want to put them to work in the skies, on the roads, and throughout our transit and rail systems.

Photo of U.S. Navy air traffic controllers at work
The experience of these U.S. Navy air traffic controllers should translate into the civilian workplace.

President Obama tours the Port of Jacksonville

Strong infrastructure is a key ingredient to a thriving economy

It was my distinct pleasure to tour the Port of Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday with President Obama. There, the President spoke with port officials about a challenge I saw firsthand as Mayor of Charlotte:

"The businesses of tomorrow will not locate near old roads, outdated ports -- they’re going to go to places where the ports are good, the roads are good, the rail lines are good, you’ve got high-speed Internet, you’ve got high-tech schools, trained workers, systems that move air traffic and auto traffic faster."

Photo by Pete Souza of President Obama and Secretary Foxx touring the Port of Jacksonville

President Obama and this Department want to make sure that America's communities have what it takes to compete effectively in the 21st century global economy, and we want to put people to work right now helping them do exactly that.

You can read the President's remarks and watch video from Jacksonville at whitehouse.gov.

Official White House photo of Secretary Foxx talking with President Obama aboard Air Force One enroute to Jacksonville

Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDEFTP)

The mission of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) is to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation and advance transportation workforce development. The DDETFP is managed by Technology Partnership Program, Federal Highway Administration. The DDETFP encompasses all modes of transportation.

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