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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to Siemens Norwood Motors Plant

Highlights Plant’s Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

NORWOOD, Ohio— U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today visited the Siemens USA, Norwood Motors Manufacturing Facility where workers are building traction motors and gears for 70 energy-efficient, electric locomotives as part of Amtrak’s equipment modernization effort.  The Secretary’s visit is part his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to I-75 Project in Dayton

Highlights Project’s Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

DAYTON, Ohio – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today visited workers at Dayton’s I-75 project as part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, calling it an investment in Ohio’s economic future that could be replicated across the country if Congress would support a long-term transportation bill.  The Secretary’s visit is part of a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

Dayton’s I-75 modernization project improving safety and capacity while creating jobs

This afternoon, my “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour stopped in downtown Dayton, Ohio, where I had the chance to tour the I-75 modernization project currently under way.

I met with workers who aren’t just repairing this highway, they’re also increasing its capacity, so that tens of thousands more vehicles will be able to travel this road every day.  In order to keep up with our growing population, a third lane is being added.

The project is also bringing needed safety improvements to the area by removing left-hand exit and entry ramps.  The last phase of this project reduced crashes at a spot once known as “Malfunction Junction” – but I doubt it’ll have that name anymore.

Secretary Foxx Announces National Bus Tour to Highlight Importance of Transportation Investment

Invest in America, Commit to the Future Bus Tour Will Highlight Transportation Needs Across the Country

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that he will travel across the country beginning Monday, April 14th to showcase the importance of transportation investment, at a time when the nation’s transportation bill is set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is rapidly running out of funds. The Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour will visit communities that have created jobs and new opportunities by investing in transportation, as well as communities with transportation projects that are waiting on needed funding.  As he travels through eight states, beginning in Columbus, Ohio, and ending in Dallas, Texas, Secretary Foxx will make the case for a robust multi-year Federal investment as proposed by the Obama Administration that will address the current shortfall and meet the country’s future needs, all without adding to the deficit.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Urges Caution in Nation’s Highway Work Zones

New Data Shows Increase in Work Zone Fatalities Over Last Year

SEATTLE – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today urged people to drive carefully in highway work zones as the start of construction season begins in many states, putting more highway workers and drivers in close proximity. In 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, 609 people died in highway work-zone crashes – an increase of 19 fatalities compared to 2011.

News Digest DOT 31-13

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Proposes New Passenger Train Door Rules.  The Federal Railroad Administration today announced a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) intended to improve the integrity of passenger train exterior side door safety systems. The proposed rule would create new safety standards that would help decrease accidents and improve the safe operation and use of passenger train exterior side doors.

Federal Railroad Administration Releases Results of Metro North Safety Review

Metro North ordered to address issues identified through Operation Deep Dive in 60 days

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced its findings and recommendations from an intensive 60-day comprehensive safety assessment of Metro-North Commuter Railroad.  The assessment, known as Operation Deep Dive, found that Metro-North’s management emphasizes on-time performance to the detriment of safe operations and adequate maintenance of its infrastructure, resulting in a deficient safety culture, increased risk and reduced safety on the Metro-North system. The report requires Metro-North to submit plans to FRA within 60-days on how it will improve the effectiveness of its Safety Department and training programs.     

DOT Proposes Use of Electronic Logbooks to Improve Efficiency, Safety in Commercial Bus & Truck Industries

Updated rule would slash highest federal paperwork burden after taxes and prevent fatigued drivers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposal to require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles to improve compliance with the safety rules that govern the number of hours a driver can work.

FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

Employers would be required to check clearinghouse before hiring and annually

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.  The clearinghouse would help improve roadway safety by making it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with federal drug and alcohol regulations, including mandatory testing.

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