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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Takes Action to Make Websites and Kiosks Accessible to Air Travelers with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in its ongoing effort to ensure equal access to air transportation for all travelers, today proposed a regulation that would require airlines to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities and ensure that their ticket agents do the same.  DOT also proposed that airlines make automated airport kiosks at U.S. airports accessible to passengers with disabilities. U.S. airports that jointly own, lease or control such kiosks with airlines would also have responsibility for ensuring the accessibility of automated airport kiosks.

New Rule Strengthens Protections for Americans with Disabilities at Rail Stations

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that individuals with disabilities will have greater access to intercity, commuter and high-speed train travel as a result of a new rule requiring new station platform construction or significant renovation to enable those with disabilities to get on and off any car on a train.

Secretary LaHood and Transportation Leaders Join President Obama’s Call for Job-Creating Infrastructure Investments

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today joined with Washington, D.C. officials and construction industry leaders at the construction site for D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Project and called on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act and make significant investments in job-creating infrastructure projects. He was joined at the event by Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, DDOT Director Terry Bellamy, and Associated General Contractors CEO Steven Sandherr.

Secretary LaHood Expresses Disappointment with Congress after FAA Extension Goes Unaddressed

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt expressed disappointment today after Congress adjourned for the week without passing a clean FAA reauthorization extension. Because of Congress’ inaction, many states will have to bear a significant economic burden and many airport projects will be halted.

Secretary LaHood: Key Airport Projects Across the Country in Jeopardy Unless Congress Passes an FAA Bill

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt today warned that new construction projects will not begin and many will be delayed if Congress is unable to work out its differences and pass a clean extension of the FAA Reauthorization bill.

Secretary LaHood Breaks Ground on $49 Million Port of Miami Intermodal and Rail Reconnection Project

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined federal, state and local leaders today to break ground on the Port of Miami Intermodal and Rail Reconnection Project. The $49 million project received $22 million in 2010 from the Department’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program.

U.S. DOT Releases New “Faces of Distracted Driving” Video Featuring Family of Heather Lerch

Dan and Wendy Lerch of Rochester, Washington Speak About the Loss of Their 19-year-old Daughter Heather

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released the latest video in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Faces of Distracted Driving” series, featuring the family of 19-year-old Heather Lerch from Rochester, Washington.