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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Atlanta BeltLine Visit

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

ATLANTA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today joined Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to tour the east side of the Atlanta BeltLine, calling it an example of the sort of large-scale job creation and transportation investment that Congress can make possible nationwide by reauthorizing a long-term transportation bill this year.  The Secretary’s visit is part of 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. Department of Transportation Provides $30 Million to Improve Transit Options for American Indians, Alaska Natives on Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the award of $5 million in competitive funds to 42 American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in 19 states for projects to improve transit service. The funds complement $25 million allocated by formula to eligible tribal recipients for FY 2014, as announced last week.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Recommends $2.5 Billion to Expand Transit Options that Improve Access to Jobs and Opportunities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today highlighted $2.5 billion recommended in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget to advance the construction or completion of 26 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 16 states. These projects, competitively funded through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant Program (CIG), will create or sustain thousands of good construction-related jobs and help communities expand transportation choices that offer new ladders of opportunity for hard-working families.

New Department of Transportation Report on Highway, Transit Conditions Points to Need for More Investment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that a new report on the state of America's transportation infrastructure, 2013 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges and Transit: Conditions and Performance, confirms that more investment is needed to maintain and improve the nation's highway and transit systems.  Secretary Foxx has highlighted the need for transportation investment in a series of speeches that take aim at America’s infrastructure deficit and identify ways to use innovation and improved planning to stretch transportation dollars as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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.