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Nashville’s I-40 bridge project: An opportunity to improve lives, create jobs

Over the past two days, I’ve visited projects where investment in transportation has made a huge difference in peoples’ lives, creating jobs and lifting whole communities.  Unfortunately, there are some communities where there isn’t enough funding for investments like these.

That’s why I visited Nashville, Tennessee this afternoon – meeting with Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee DOT – to see the I-40 bridges.

Photo of Secretary Foxx speaking at the Nashville I-40 bridge project event

 

Efficient freight operations on display at UPS Worldport

After visiting the Ohio River Bridges project, I headed to UPS Worldport in Louisville, where I had a great conversation with Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPS, and business leaders from around the region.

What they made clear to me is the scope of the challenge we’re facing when it comes to transportation in America. 

By 2050, we’re going to have to haul an additional 14 billion tons of freight around this country. Needless to say, without new investment, supply chains will fall apart, hindering job growth and harming retailers, manufacturers, and the millions of American consumers who need their goods to be transported efficiently and affordably.

That’s why we’re working so hard to spread the message that investments in infrastructure are absolutely crucial to the health of our nation’s economy.

After our roundtable discussion, I had a chance to tour the Worldport facility with Scott Davis.  It’s a great operation – processing an average of 1.6 million packages a day.  In fact, I learned that the average package spends only 13 minutes inside the facility!  We have one of the best freight systems in the world – but we need to continue investing to stay that way.

Photo of Secretary Foxx touring UPS Worldport

 

American innovation on display at Siemens Norwood Motors manufacturing facility

My final stop of the day on my week-long “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour was a visit to Siemens’ Norwood Motors Manufacturing Facility.

This plant was built at the turn of the 19th century, when railroads symbolized the nation’s revolution in technology. 

And thanks to companies like Siemens, rail is helping once again to lead a new era of American innovation.

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.

Pickaway County Connector project a key to America’s economic strength

This morning, I traveled to Pickaway County, Ohio to kick off my “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour. Over the next five days, I’ll be traveling to eight states – and logging roughly 2,000 miles – to raise awareness about the difference transportation can make in our country and the importance of investing in better transportation – and a brighter future.

There’s no better example than the work taking place right now in Pickaway County to improve our ability to move freight in Ohio and across the country.

This road project received $16 million from DOT’s TIGER program. And it’s a worthwhile investment because it’s going to make a difference in the lives of hundreds – if not hundreds of thousands – of Americans.

Transportation and Opportunity

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is quite a moment. A moment to reflect on what it took for those men and women to come together. A moment to think of where we are today.

Today, we honor so many who achieved so much, demanding fairness and equality in the face of hardship, discrimination, and violence. 

As Secretary of Transportation, I can’t help but think of the historic connection between transportation and the civil rights movement. Literally or figuratively, transportation has played a role throughout the history of our nation’s progress toward civil rights. And it still does.

Photo of Rosa Parks seated on a bus

NextGen benefits making a difference at Memphis

With ReCat, busy FedEx World Hub increases departure capacity

FedEx NextGen Demo in Memphis

Last week, on a visit to Memphis, I was fortunate to have the opportunity of touring the FedEx World Hub at Memphis International Airport. The FedEx facility covers more than 800 acres and is operated by more than 11,000 FedEx employees moving an average of over 1.5 million packages through the hub each day.

What I saw is a terrific example of using innovation to improve transportation...

Working together to solve transportation challenges

Minnesota's rebuilt I-35 Bridge just one example of what we can accomplish

Photo of Secretary Foxx speaking with new I-35W Bridge in the backgroundNearly six years ago, the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed into the Mississippi River. Yesterday, I toured the new I-35W crossing--which was rebuilt in little over a year and has become a symbol of what we can achieve when we commit ourselves and work together to meet the challenges facing America's roadways.

By collaborating at the local, state, and federal levels, transportation officials were able to complete the new I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge more than three months ahead of schedule. So, no one appreciates the value of a strong commitment and an effective partnership more than U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who hosted my visit.

Our nation has grown faster than the capacity of our roadways. Across the country, commuters rushing to work, students heading to class, and moms and dads taking their kids to camps, schools, and day-care centers regularly drive over bridges that are carrying loads far beyond their intended capacity and far beyond their intended lifespan.

No time to let up on investments in rail safety, reliability

Putting rail on par with other modes of transportation will build on strong progress

This morning I was in New Haven, Connecticut, to talk about safety because I wanted my first official visit as Secretary to focus on DOT's first priority--safety. So, many thanks to Governor Dannel Malloy, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro for welcoming me and giving me the opportunity to start my official travel on the right track.

If you follow transportation news, you probably remember the crash this spring of two Metro-North commuter trains in Connecticut. Although 2012 was the safest year in railroading history, the Metro-North crash reminds us that--when it comes to safety--our job is never done.

The investments we’re making in rail are increasing safety across the country. They are also helping local and state economies grow.

Photo of Secretary Foxx speaking in the New Haven station

An America that is stronger requires a transportation system that is better

From technology to financing, we must use every tool at our disposal

When we talk about making transportation safer and stronger, and being more efficient as we improve the roads, rails, bridges, and buses we leave for the next generation of Americans, we're not talking about filling in potholes. We're talking about a transportation system that is stronger for the long-term. And to make that happen, we need every tool in the box...and a few we haven't even thought of yet.

Because just as the men and women of today need to be able to get to jobs or school without having to fight traffic or stand in the hot summer sun waiting for the bus, our kids and the kids of our neighbors and friends will need transportation that works tomorrow.

They are counting on us to give them an America that is stronger than the one we inherited--just as those who came before us left a rail network that stretched from coast to coast and then an interstate highway network that connected communities across the nation. From new technologies to public private partnerships, we must use every tool at our disposal to make our transportation system better.

Photo of Secretary Foxx speaking with U.S. and D.O.T. flags behind him

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