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Port of Seattle preparing for the future

The goods we transport are the lifeblood of our economy. So as our nation moves freight into and out of the country, we depend on the efficiency of our ports and port facilities to keep that freight –and our economy— moving.

One of the key pieces in the freight puzzle is the challenge of the first and last miles, the transfer of goods between the container ships that tie up in our ports and the network of fast-moving rail and highway arteries that web our nation.

Yesterday at the Port of Seattle, I saw firsthand how intermodal freight transfer is an essential function in our transportation network and how it can clog the flow of goods. I also saw a port making strategic investments to speed up that transfer and maintain its competitiveness in the decades ahead...

Photo of Port of Seattle's container port, Terminal 46 (T46)

U.S. Department of Transportation Celebrates Groundbreaking of Los Angeles Regional Connector, Improving Transit Efficiency

LA also awarded $1.7 million Ladders of Opportunity grant to enhance bus facilities

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today participated in the groundbreaking of the Los Angeles Regional Connector, a key light rail transit segment connecting three existing transit lines in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

Vice President Biden champions maritime at Port of Virginia

Carrying 95 percent of U.S. foreign trade, our maritime transportation system, which includes America’s ports, is a crucial component of our nation’s economy. And with our growing population --and the associated need to increase the amount of freight our transportation network carries-- maritime’s value will only grow in the future.

This point is not lost on the Obama Administration, and it’s the reason why Vice President Joe Biden joined U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3), Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, Virginia Port Authority CEO/Executive Director John Reinhart, and me at the Port of Virginia in Norfolk on Wednesday. We were there to highlight the Port’s role as an economic engine for the region and its continued development of facilities and services in anticipation of the need to move greater freight volumes...

Photo of VP Biden in Norfolk

DOT’s TIGER, connecting communities to opportunity

Last week, I had the chance to visit Waterbury, Connecticut, and St. Louis, Missouri, where I had the pleasure of announcing two exciting and transformative TIGER grants that will help invigorate these communities.

With the support of TIGER, these projects will help connect people to jobs, schools, and green spaces --and in doing so, improve their quality of life and access to opportunities...

Philadelphia opens TIGER-powered Dilworth Park

Last week, the City of Philadelphia celebrated the grand opening of its new Dilworth Park adjacent to the historic City Hall. The park brings a vibrant new public space and more accessible public transportation to the heart of the city, replacing an inaccessible, multi-level, deteriorated plaza that consisted of numerous stairs, walls, and barriers.

The project helps restore William Penn’s original, 17th-Century plans for the City of Brotherly Love’s civic spaces. It also creates new access to contemporary features of city life that Penn could never have anticipated: including multiple bus lines, two subway lines, five trolley lines, thirteen regional railroad lines, and a high-speed rail line to southern New Jersey.

This ambitious reimagining of the former Dilworth Plaza was made possible by a 2010 TIGER grant from the US Department of Transportation. And, as we celebrate the latest round of TIGER grants supporting 72 projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia, it’s proof of the kind of transformation these grants make possible for their communities.

Photo of Philadelphia City Hall with transit access

DOT's TIGER, transforming Tulsa transportation

When we talk about DOT's TIGER program, we often use the word, "transformative." Because the projects that we have selected for these grants since the program's beginning in 2009 have been projects that make a significant difference to their communities.

And this past weekend in Tulsa, I saw a terrific demonstration of TIGER's transformative power in not one --but two-- grrrrrreat! projects, the I-244 Bridges and the Riverside Drive-Gathering Place Multimodal Access Project...

Photo of Victor Mendez in Tulsa
Deputy Transportation Secretary Victor Mendez speaking at ribbon-cutting for I-244 Eastbound Bridge; photos by Stephen Pingry, Tulsa World.

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