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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule to Streamline Environmental Reviews for Transit, Highway Projects

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a final rule this week that will significantly cut red tape, while achieving better environmental outcomes, for certain transit and highway projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and spur them towards completion more quickly than in years past.  The new rule responds to President Obama’s call for federal agencies to put people first by streamlining and improving government services wherever possible.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $3 Billion to Strengthen Resiliency of Transit Agencies Affected by Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the availability of approximately $3 billion to strengthen the resiliency of public transportation systems affected by Hurricane Sandy, which triggered the worst transit disaster in U.S. history just over a year ago. The funds will be awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on a competitive basis for projects that protect critical transit infrastructure from being damaged or destroyed by future natural disasters.

U.S. Department of Transportation Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Kirk Avenue Bus Facility to Improve Transit Service in Baltimore

BALTIMORE – U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari and Federal Transit Administrator (FTA) Peter Rogoff today participated in a groundbreaking to replace the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) aging Kirk Avenue bus maintenance garage with a modern facility that will improve the reliability of local bus service for thousands of Baltimore-based riders who depend on public transit every day. The officials were joined by Congressman Elijah Cummings, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other state and local representatives.

FRA celebrates Pacific Northwest rail improvements

Tukwila Station construction and mudslide mitigation underway

One of the highlights of my four and a half years as Transportation Secretary has been the progress we've made speeding up intercity passenger rail. Americans are riding the rails in record numbers, and thanks to President Obama's vision for high-speed rail, DOT is working hard to ensure they can ride at higher speeds.

And yesterday, Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo helped celebrate another milestone in that effort, the groundbreaking of a new passenger rail station in Tukwila, Washington.

Photo of the Sounder Station groundbreaking in Tukwila

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $25 Million to Advance Local Transit Options for an America Built to Last

WASHINGTON—U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of approximately $25 million in competitive funding grants to help communities take their first steps in planning future transit options to better connect people to where they live, work and play.

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