Department of Transportation - Statement http://www.dot.gov/tags/statement en U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Statement http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-statement <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>“Today's passage of the Senate transportation bill shows what Congress is capable of when they work together in a bipartisan manner.  Thanks to the leadership of Senators Boxer and Inhofe, working with their colleagues from the Banking, Commerce and Finance Committees, states are one step closer to putting Americans to work rebuilding our roads, bridges, transit systems and railways. Like President Obama's transportation proposal, this bill would relieve congestion on our roads, expand our transit and rails systems, and provide Americans with safe, affordable ways to reach their destinations when gas prices are high.  I hope that the House will follow their lead in passing a bipartisan transportation bill.”</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, March 12, 2012 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Media Contact</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division">Office of Public Affairs</div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="thoroughfare" x-autocompletetype="address-line1" autocomplete="address-line1">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="state" x-autocompletetype="region" autocomplete="region">DC</span> <span class="postal-code" x-autocompletetype="postal-code" autocomplete="postal-code">20590</span></div><span class="country" x-autocompletetype="country" autocomplete="country">United States</span></div></div></div></div> <div class="contact-address"><a href="mailto:justin.nisly@dot.gov">justin.nisly@dot.gov</a></div> <div class="contact-phone-numbers"> <div> Phone: (202) 366-4570 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> </div> <div class="contact-social-media"></div> <div> Business Hours: <br /> 9:00am-5:00pm ET, M-F</div> </div><div class="label-above right-rail-header">Tags</div><ul><li class="even"><a href="/tags/secretary-lahood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Secretary Lahood</a></li><li class="odd"><a href="/tags/statement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Statement</a></li></ul><span st_url=http://www.dot.govArray st_title='U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Statement' class='st_sharethis_button' displaytext="ShareThis"></span><script type='text/javascript'>var switchTo5x=true;</script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript'>stLight.options({publisher:'dr-9d9fa1ba-e97d-f465-c80c-4840730dfec'});</script><div class="label-above share-label">Share</div><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style " addthis:title="U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Statement - Department of Transportation" addthis:url="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-statement"><a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_google"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 molly_ellison 1970 at http://www.dot.gov http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-statement#comments U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Statement on the Failure of the Joint Select Committee to Reach Agreement on Deficit Reduction http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-statement-failure-joint-select-committee-reach <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>“When times are tough, Americans have always come together to accomplish big things. It’s disappointing that some in Congress haven’t been willing to do the same. Because the supercommittee failed to reach an agreement, we now face across-the-board cuts to programs that are critical to rebuilding our crumbling transportation infrastructure and putting Americans back to work.</p> <p>“The American people want commonsense, bipartisan solutions that take a balanced approach to reducing the deficit while protecting critical transportation investments that create jobs and allow our economy to grow. When Congress comes back next month, I urge them to set aside politics and get to work on a bipartisan plan that will allow us to live within our means, while also meeting our responsibility to rebuild America’s critical transportation infrastructure.”</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, November 21, 2011 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Media Contact</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division">Office of Public Affairs</div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="thoroughfare" x-autocompletetype="address-line1" autocomplete="address-line1">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="state" x-autocompletetype="region" autocomplete="region">DC</span> <span class="postal-code" x-autocompletetype="postal-code" autocomplete="postal-code">20590</span></div><span class="country" x-autocompletetype="country" autocomplete="country">United States</span></div></div></div></div> <div class="contact-address"><a href="mailto:justin.nisly@dot.gov">justin.nisly@dot.gov</a></div> <div class="contact-phone-numbers"> <div> Phone: (202) 366-4570 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> </div> <div class="contact-social-media"></div> <div> Business Hours: <br /> 9:00am-5:00pm ET, M-F</div> </div><div class="label-above right-rail-header">Tags</div><ul><li class="even"><a href="/tags/lahood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lahood</a></li><li class="odd"><a href="/tags/statement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Statement</a></li></ul><span st_url=http://www.dot.govArray st_title='U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Statement on the Failure of the Joint Select Committee to Reach Agreement on Deficit Reduction' class='st_sharethis_button' displaytext="ShareThis"></span><script type='text/javascript'>var switchTo5x=true;</script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript'>stLight.options({publisher:'dr-9d9fa1ba-e97d-f465-c80c-4840730dfec'});</script><div class="label-above share-label">Share</div><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style " addthis:title="U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Statement on the Failure of the Joint Select Committee to Reach Agreement on Deficit Reduction - Department of Transportation" addthis:url="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-statement-failure-joint-select-committee-reach"><a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_google"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 molly_ellison 1806 at http://www.dot.gov http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-statement-failure-joint-select-committee-reach#comments Secretary Ray LaHood Remarks as Prepared Airports Going Green Conference Chicago, Illinois http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-airports-going-green-conference-chicago-illinois <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Good morning.  Thank you for the introduction and welcome.</p> <p>I think it’s altogether fitting that we’re talking about “airports going green” in America’s greenest city.  And if you’re wondering why Chicago is America’s greenest city, you need to look no further than Mayor Daley.  Because of your leadership, Mr. Mayor, Chicago has established its place among the most environmentally friendly big cities anywhere.  You’ve left an extraordinary legacy – and set a powerful example for urban leaders across the country and around the world.</p> <p>Now, I’m proud to represent President Obama and his administration at this important conference on sustainable airport planning, construction, operations, and maintenance.  And I’m honored to pay tribute to all the local innovators – from both the public and private sectors – who are designing and building 21st century facilities that solve 21st century challenges.</p> <p>There’s no question that we must all become better stewards of our natural resources and climate.  But cities and states have long been laboratories of reform.  And as I travel across the country    – I’ve now visited more than 100 cities and 40 states – I can’t help but notice the significant changes taking place.</p> <p>Airport after airport – from San Diego, to Dallas Fort Worth, to Ithaca New York – has taken steps to advance the cause of sustainable development.  Denver employs one of the largest solar power systems at an airport today; Albuquerque is building another atop its parking garage.  Both Los Angeles and Philadelphia have instituted cutting-edge water filtration and recycling systems that are saving money and protecting local ecosystems.  And, just today, the Chicago Department of Aviation affirms its leadership role by unveiling its updated Sustainable Airport Manual.  Congratulations to those of you involved.</p> <p>For our part, DOT and the FAA also are committed to helping America’s airports “go green.”  That’s why we funded work on O’Hare’s North Tower complex, which will increase the airport’s energy efficiency by 20 percent while also reducing water use and carbon emissions.  And that’s why the FAA is supporting a number of initiatives that point the way toward progress. </p> <p>The FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission – or VALE – grant program is perhaps the most exciting portfolio.  Through the VALE program, we have provided $83 million to 40 innovative projects at 22 different airports nationwide.  At Seattle-Tacoma International – Sea-Tac – we’re helping to install a centralized heating and cooling system that pumps heat or air conditioning into parked planes. This allows them to shut down their auxiliary power units at the gate -- and substantially reduces carbon emissions.  At the Portland International Jetport and Knox County Regional airports in Maine, we’re helping to build the nation’s first geothermal airport heating and cooling systems.  And at Boston-Logan, we’re helping to purchase 50 new low-emissions buses to shuttle passengers to a new consolidated rental car facility.</p> <p>But VALE is hardly the only thing we’re working on.  The FAA’s CLEEN program – that’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise – has awarded $125 million so far to develop new jet engine, airframe, and jet fuel technologies.  The FAA’s Office of Airports has a pilot program underway that’s helping ten airports, nationwide, to prepare sustainability master plans.  It will ultimately inform similar work at airports of all sizes in communities across America.  The FAA’s Airports Cooperative Research Program is exploring the feasibility of integrating alternative jet fuel production facilities at or near airports.  And in Los Angeles, the ground service equipment for eight airlines will now be fueled with renewable diesel -- made from grass clippings and other organic waste – because of the FAA’s Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative.</p> <p>The point is: We get it.  We get that improving energy and water efficiency at America’s airports is one essential way for us to protect our health, environment, economy, and national security.  We know that conferences like this – and innovative efforts like yours – are charting new a course toward environmental sustainability.</p> <p>There’s no silver bullet.  We can’t just wave a magic wand and end our reliance on oil or solve the climate crisis overnight.  But because you’re showing us what works – because you’re shaping ideas that airports everywhere will eventually apply – you are making an enormous difference.</p> <p>So, share what your airport is doing.  Share what you’ve learned.  Ask questions.  Listen to new ideas.  Come up with some new ideas of your own.  But know this: President Obama is behind you.  The Department of Transportation and FAA are behind you.  And, together, we will ensure that airports across America are more economical, more efficient, cleaner, and greener. </p> <p>Thank you very much.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, November 15, 2011 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Contact Us</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division"></div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="premise" x-autocompletetype="address-line2" autocomplete="address-line2">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="state" x-autocompletetype="region" autocomplete="region">DC</span> <span class="postal-code" x-autocompletetype="postal-code" autocomplete="postal-code">20590</span></div><span class="country" x-autocompletetype="country" autocomplete="country">United States</span></div></div></div></div> <div class="contact-address"></div> <div class="contact-phone-numbers"> <div> Phone: 1 (202) 366-4000 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> TTY/Assistive Device: (800) 877-8339</div> </div> <div class="contact-social-media"></div> <div> Business Hours: <br /> 8:30am-5:00pm ET, M-F</div> </div><div class="label-above right-rail-header">Tags</div><ul><li class="even"><a href="/tags/lahood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lahood</a></li><li class="odd"><a href="/tags/statement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Statement</a></li></ul><span st_url=http://www.dot.govArray st_title='Secretary Ray LaHood Remarks as Prepared Airports Going Green Conference Chicago, Illinois' class='st_sharethis_button' displaytext="ShareThis"></span><script type='text/javascript'>var switchTo5x=true;</script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript'>stLight.options({publisher:'dr-9d9fa1ba-e97d-f465-c80c-4840730dfec'});</script><div class="label-above share-label">Share</div><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style " addthis:title="Secretary Ray LaHood Remarks as Prepared Airports Going Green Conference Chicago, Illinois - Department of Transportation" addthis:url="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-airports-going-green-conference-chicago-illinois"><a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_google"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 molly_ellison 2129 at http://www.dot.gov http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-airports-going-green-conference-chicago-illinois#comments Statement of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/statement-us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that he has signed an agreement with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the state to reimburse the federal government $95 million for money that was supposed to be spent building the ARC Tunnel. New Jersey terminated the project and the Department has been seeking repayment of $271 million in federal dollars spent by the state on the project.</p> <p>The $95 million settlement will permit DOT to recover all of the $51 million in New Starts money provided to New Jersey for the ARC Project, so that those funds can be made available to other communities for public transit projects. This amount also recovers approximately 50 percent of the funds provided to New Jersey under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and this money will be returned to the United States Treasury. In addition to the cash payment amount, New Jersey will be required under the terms of the settlement agreement to spend more than $128 million in CMAQ program funds on transit-related projects that have been reviewed and approved by DOT.</p> <p>“We appreciate the support and encouragement of Senators Lautenberg and Menendez in reaching an agreement that is good for the taxpayers of New Jersey, but also helps to improve infrastructure in the state,” Secretary LaHood said. “I thank the governor and his legal team for reaching this agreement.”</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, September 30, 2011 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Contact Us</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division"></div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="premise" x-autocompletetype="address-line2" autocomplete="address-line2">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="state" x-autocompletetype="region" autocomplete="region">DC</span> <span class="postal-code" x-autocompletetype="postal-code" autocomplete="postal-code">20590</span></div><span class="country" x-autocompletetype="country" autocomplete="country">United States</span></div></div></div></div> <div class="contact-address"></div> <div class="contact-phone-numbers"> <div> Phone: 1 (202) 366-4000 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> TTY/Assistive Device: (800) 877-8339</div> </div> <div class="contact-social-media"></div> <div> Business Hours: <br /> 8:30am-5:00pm ET, M-F</div> </div><div class="label-above right-rail-header">Tags</div><ul><li class="even"><a href="/tags/lahood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lahood</a></li><li class="odd"><a href="/tags/statement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Statement</a></li></ul><span st_url=http://www.dot.govArray st_title='Statement of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood' class='st_sharethis_button' displaytext="ShareThis"></span><script type='text/javascript'>var switchTo5x=true;</script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript'>stLight.options({publisher:'dr-9d9fa1ba-e97d-f465-c80c-4840730dfec'});</script><div class="label-above share-label">Share</div><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style " addthis:title="Statement of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood - Department of Transportation" addthis:url="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/statement-us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood"><a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_google"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 molly_ellison 1782 at http://www.dot.gov http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/statement-us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood#comments Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Visit to General Motors Flint, Michigan http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-visit-general-motors-flint-michigan <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Thank you, Mike [Robinson], for the wonderful introduction.  Thank you, Mayor [Dayne] Walling, for your gracious welcome to Flint, “the birthplace of General Motors.”  I know Congressman Kildee tried to be here, but is dealing with a family emergency, and so couldn’t make it.  But President Obama is grateful for his leadership on behalf of the auto industry in general -- and GM’s Flint plant in particular. </p> <p>And thank you, especially, to the hardworking men and women of the new GM.  Because you helped to turnaround this plant, you helped to turnaround your community.  Because you helped to turnaround your community, you’re helping to turn around your country.</p> <p>Now, I’m mostly here to congratulate you on your enormous accomplishments of these last two years.  Today, each of the Big Three – GM, Chrysler, and Ford – is yielding a profit for the first time since 2004.    Each of the Big Three is adding shifts and creating jobs at the fastest rate since the 1990s. </p> <p>Here at General Motors, you’re once again designing, building, and selling some of the best cars in the world.  We’re very proud that GM is investing $2 billion in its U.S. plants – creating or protecting more than 4,000 jobs, at 17 facilities, in eight states.  In fact, across the country, GM plans to hire back every single one of its laid-off workers by the end of the year – every single one.    And, right here in Michigan, GM is expanding operations for the second time in six months – investing $109 million to add or keep almost 100 jobs.</p> <p>There’s no doubt that the American economy – and the American workers who make it operate – continue to face significant challenges.  But think about where we were just two-and-a-half years ago.</p> <p>When President Obama took office, we were facing the worst recession since the Great Depression – a recession that hit our auto industry particularly hard.   During the year before the president’s inauguration, this industry lost more than 400,000 jobs. In the span of a few months, one in five American autoworkers received a pink slip.  Two great American companies -- Chrysler and GM -- stood on the brink of liquidation. </p> <p>The president had two choices.  He could do nothing or he could do something. </p> <p>He could have done what a lot of people in Washington thought we should do -- nothing.  But that might have made a bad recession into a worse depression.  Right away, it would have put a million people out of work.  Over time, it would have sent America’s manufacturing industry into freefall. </p> <p>So, instead, President Obama said that if GM and Chrysler were willing to take the difficult steps of restructuring and making themselves more competitive, the American people would stand by them.  And we did.</p> <p>As a result, GM has reinvented itself for the 21st century.  America’s manufacturing sector has spearheaded our economic recovery over the past two years, generating more than 230,000 jobs since the beginning of 2010.  And that’s just one slice of the more than 2 million private sector jobs that our economy has added in total.</p> <p>What’s more, because of you, we can again say that the best cars in the world are built right here in the U.S. of A; right here in the Midwest; and right here in Michigan. </p> <p>Each day when you clock in, you’re doing more than earning a pay-check by churning out cars.  You’re standing up for your company.  You’re showing the world that American manufacturing and American industry is back.  You’re growing an economy in which you can see your incomes and savings rise again – an economy in which you can send your kids to college, and retire with dignity, security, and respect.    And you’re writing another proud chapter in the American story – a story about digging in and refusing to give up; a story about building great new products; a story about doing big things.</p> <p>Yes, we’ve still got a long way to go.   Our friends and neighbors are still feeling the sting of recession.  There’s nobody in this hall who doesn’t know someone who is looking for work and hasn’t yet found it.  But, here in Flint, you’re showing the world what’s still possible in Michigan and America.  Keep up the good work.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, June 29, 2011 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Contact Us</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division"></div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="premise" x-autocompletetype="address-line2" autocomplete="address-line2">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="state" x-autocompletetype="region" autocomplete="region">DC</span> <span class="postal-code" x-autocompletetype="postal-code" autocomplete="postal-code">20590</span></div><span class="country" x-autocompletetype="country" autocomplete="country">United States</span></div></div></div></div> <div class="contact-address"></div> <div class="contact-phone-numbers"> <div> Phone: 1 (202) 366-4000 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> TTY/Assistive Device: (800) 877-8339</div> </div> <div class="contact-social-media"></div> <div> Business Hours: <br /> 8:30am-5:00pm ET, M-F</div> </div><div class="label-above right-rail-header">Tags</div><ul><li class="even"><a href="/tags/lahood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lahood</a></li><li class="odd"><a href="/tags/statement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Statement</a></li></ul><span st_url=http://www.dot.govArray st_title='Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Visit to General Motors Flint, Michigan' class='st_sharethis_button' displaytext="ShareThis"></span><script type='text/javascript'>var switchTo5x=true;</script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript'>stLight.options({publisher:'dr-9d9fa1ba-e97d-f465-c80c-4840730dfec'});</script><div class="label-above share-label">Share</div><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style " addthis:title="Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Visit to General Motors Flint, Michigan - Department of Transportation" addthis:url="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-visit-general-motors-flint-michigan"><a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_google"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 molly_ellison 2109 at http://www.dot.gov http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-visit-general-motors-flint-michigan#comments Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Spain-United States Business Roundtable Rail Transport 2011 Hotel Wellington, Madrid, Spain http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-spain-united-states-business-roundtable-rail <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Thank you, Minister Blanco, for your wonderful hospitality – and for your ongoing partnership.  Thank you, Ambassador Solomont, for the warm welcome.  Thank you, all, for inviting me to take part in this extraordinary gathering.</p> <p>I’m delighted to represent President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the American people on this, my second trip to Spain.  I returned to listen and to learn.  I’ve returned to extend the president’s gratitude for Spain’s technical support and guidance as America begins the heavy lifting of building a national high-speed rail network.  And I’ve returned to ask for your continued collaboration as we move down the track toward a better future for both of our nations.</p> <p>Now, it’s not lost on anyone that when President Obama proposed his high-speed rail plan, he specifically called out Spain as an example for America to emulate.  We know that, today, 40 percent of Spain’s population lives within 30 miles of a high-speed rail station – and that as your network expands, that number will rise to 90 percent by the year 2020.  We know that the high-speed line between Madrid and Seville is so successful that more people travel between here and there by rail than by both car and airplane combined. </p> <p>President Obama has been crystal clear:  There is absolutely no reason that the same can’t be true on the line between Boston and Washington, or Detroit and Chicago, or San Francisco and Los Angeles.  That’s why President Obama and the Congress provided seed money to get us started – to hire workers, to manufacture and lay track, and to build new stations.  And that’s why, going forward, America will continue looking to Spain – and others – for both inspiration and information.</p> <p>So, let me tell you a little about President Obama’s vision and plan.  We envision an America in which 80 percent of people have access to high-speed rail – and we know that as our system emerges, economic growth and opportunity will follow. </p> <p>First, in the short-term, high-speed rail will create manufacturing and construction jobs.  To date, 30 rail companies from around the world have pledged that, if selected for high-speed rail contracts, they’ll hire American workers and expand their bases of operations in the United States.    Spanish companies like Talgo and CAF are already seizing the opportunity.  In fact, CAF has opened shop in Elmira, New York, and is manufacturing rail cars for Amtrak to use along its high-speed lines.</p> <p>Second, once track is laid and stations constructed, high-speed rail will spark economic development.  It will generate quality jobs at small businesses all along its corridors.</p> <p>Third, over the long-run, high-speed rail will bolster America’s economic competitiveness.  We know that our nation will be home to 100 million additional people by the year 2050.  That’s twice the population of Spain.  Our highways and airports simply can’t handle the expansion.  We need to do something or we’ll be crushed under the weight of our own growth.</p> <p>How do we bring the president and vice president’s vision to life? </p> <p>Well, we’re borrowing a page from Spain’s playbook and designing an integrated network, with trains moving at different speeds.  Where it makes sense, we’ll build state-of-the-art, world-class high-speed lines, on par with anything in Europe or Asia.    We won’t do it everywhere, but in places like California – and eventually the northeast corridor – we’ll one day ride trains travelling at least 220 miles-per-hour.  Feeding into this true high-speed core will be regional service, which will be as fast as – or faster than – the best trains America uses today.  Finally, we will build out our emerging corridors, which is happening already. These will be local lines, along which entrepreneurs can open shop.</p> <p>We’re also taking heart in another dimension of Spain’s experience.  In 1986 – just 25 years ago – Spain made the bold decision to create one of the most advanced high-speed train systems in the world.  At the time, you had your share of skeptics and cynics.</p> <p>Spain’s old passenger rail system was known for delays and service interruptions.  The country had little high-speed rail manufacturing capacity – to say nothing of equipment, signaling, communication, or electrification services. </p> <p>But in 1992, the Madrid-to-Seville line opened for business.  And then everything changed.  Soon thereafter, the train had a 99 percent on-time record.  People and public officials from across Spain not only demanded high-speed rail, but competed fiercely for funding.  Today, several other corridors are in service – including lines from Madrid to Barcelona and from Madrid to Valencia – with more under construction.  There’s near universal political support for continuing to expand the system.</p> <p>You may have heard that, back in the United States, we have a handful of naysayers.  They tell us that the long-term benefits of high-speed rail aren’t worth the short-term sacrifice.  They tell us that jobs, economic development, and competitiveness aren’t worth the investment.  They tell us that it’s fine for America to settle for a second-rate transportation system.</p> <p>But I think these naysayers could learn a lesson from your example.  It’s an example of dreaming big and building big, despite the political risks.  It’s an example of galvanizing public support behind an idea whose time has come.  It’s an example of how people with a daring vision can spur entire new industries -- and put their neighbors and countrymen to work constructing something that transforms their communities for the better.</p> <p>Because of President Obama, America has made a similar commitment. We’ve set the goal of building the safest, fastest, most efficient ways to move people and products – not just in spite of economic hardship, but as a way to overcome it.  On behalf the president, I’m deeply grateful for all you’re doing to aid in this essential endeavor.  I look forward to our continued friendship – and to our continued work together.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, June 17, 2011 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Contact Us</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division"></div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="premise" x-autocompletetype="address-line2" autocomplete="address-line2">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="state" x-autocompletetype="region" autocomplete="region">DC</span> <span class="postal-code" x-autocompletetype="postal-code" autocomplete="postal-code">20590</span></div><span class="country" x-autocompletetype="country" autocomplete="country">United States</span></div></div></div></div> <div class="contact-address"></div> <div class="contact-phone-numbers"> <div> Phone: 1 (202) 366-4000 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> TTY/Assistive Device: (800) 877-8339</div> </div> <div class="contact-social-media"></div> <div> Business Hours: <br /> 8:30am-5:00pm ET, M-F</div> </div><div class="label-above right-rail-header">Tags</div><ul><li class="even"><a href="/tags/lahood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lahood</a></li><li class="odd"><a href="/tags/statement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Statement</a></li></ul><span st_url=http://www.dot.govArray st_title='Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Spain-United States Business Roundtable Rail Transport 2011 Hotel Wellington, Madrid, Spain' class='st_sharethis_button' displaytext="ShareThis"></span><script type='text/javascript'>var switchTo5x=true;</script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript'>stLight.options({publisher:'dr-9d9fa1ba-e97d-f465-c80c-4840730dfec'});</script><div class="label-above share-label">Share</div><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style " addthis:title="Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Spain-United States Business Roundtable Rail Transport 2011 Hotel Wellington, Madrid, Spain - Department of Transportation" addthis:url="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-spain-united-states-business-roundtable-rail"><a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_google"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 molly_ellison 2108 at http://www.dot.gov http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-spain-united-states-business-roundtable-rail#comments Secretary Ray LaHood Remarks as Prepared 22nd International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Gaylord Resort and Conference Center http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-22nd-international-technical-conference-enhanced <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Good morning. Welcome to Washington. Thank you, David, for the great introduction. And thank you, all, for the warm welcome.</p> <p>For four decades, this conference has hosted the brightest safety luminaries from around the world. You’ve shared your ideas and innovations. As a result, vehicles are safer than ever before. Here in the United States, we’ve seen highway fatalities and injuries fall to their lowest levels since we started keeping track more than 60 years ago.</p> <p>You deserve a great deal of credit. We salute your creativity, and advocacy, and hard work. But we’re not here to take a victory lap. We’re not here to declare the fight over and won.</p> <p>Even in the best year on record, tens of thousands of lives were lost on American roads – and tens of thousands more suffered serious injury. The worst part is that many of these fatalities and injuries were preventable. That’s why none of us can rest on our laurels.</p> <p>I’ve said it many times: Safety is my number one priority. Nothing else even comes close. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about a few of the things we’re doing to make cars safer, to make roadways safer, and to make drivers safer. Let me take these one at a time.</p> <p>First – safer cars. I know you’ve done a lot of work on this front. But I want to mention one of our initiatives: NHTSA’s new, tougher five-star rankings.</p> <p>We think it’s no coincidence that, since the NHTSA rankings were created in 1979, automobiles have gotten safer and safer. Still, over time, we started to see a little grade inflation. Shoppers were having a harder time determining which vehicles deliver truly exceptional safety performance. We wanted automakers to push the frontier of safety even further.</p> <p>So, we brought NHTSA’s rating system into the 21st century by mandating more rigorous crash tests – including an additional side impact test; using data from female test dummies – for the first time ever – so we can learn the effects of crashes on women, not just men; and rewarding vehicles with advanced safety technologies, like electronic stability control, lane departure warnings, and forward collision warning systems. Ultimately, this new five-star system will combine all of a car’s safety ratings into an overall vehicle score. More stars means safer cars.</p> <p>So, that’s step one. Step two is safer roadways. That means safer intersections, better signs and lighting, and more effective crash barriers. For example, we’ve allotted more than $1 billion – just in the last two years – to road projects that are improving traffic management and installing hundreds of miles of rumble strips and cable medians. We’ve also required that highway projects built with Recovery Act funds include wider shoulders, more effective guardrails, and – if they’re local roads – bike and pedestrian paths.</p> <p>Now, the third step of our approach is promoting safer driving. This is where we continue to ramp-up our efforts.</p> <p>As many of you know, our campaign against distracted driving has become something of a crusade for me. The reason is simple: Distracted driving is an epidemic. It’s an epidemic because everyone has a cell phone – and everyone thinks they can use it while driving. They can’t.</p> <p>Every single time someone takes their focus off the road – even if just for a moment – they put their lives and the lives of others in danger. Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible, and, in a split second, its consequences can be devastating.</p> <p>The evidence is clear-cut: Distracted driving-related crashes caused nearly 5,500 deaths and 450,000 injuries during 2009. We believe that this represents only the tip of the iceberg because police reports in many places don’t routinely document whether distraction was a factor in vehicle crashes.</p> <p>Either way, the victims aren’t statistics. They’re moms and dads; daughters and sons; sisters and brothers.</p> <p>Still, the situation is not without hope. We’ve seen that drivers can and do change their behaviors.</p> <p>For instance, we’ve told Americans to click it or get a ticket. And we’ve seen seatbelt use increase to 85 percent, up from 60 percent only 15 years ago.</p> <p>We’ve also reminded Americans that if they’re over the limit, then they’ll be under arrest. And although driving under the influence is still a serious problem, we’ve seen drunk driving fatalities decline by almost 20 percent between 2006 and 2009.</p> <p>When we stop for a moment and ask “why,” we see the ingredients of a recipe that are also proving effective against distracted driving: Tough laws, consistent enforcement, ongoing public education, and personal responsibility. And – for the last two years – we’ve been working on all these fronts.</p> <p>Because of our collective efforts, 32 states have outlawed texting behind the wheel and eight states have banned handheld cell-phone use for all drivers.</p> <p>The Obama Administration has banned federal employees – a workforce of 4 million people –from texting on the road. The Department of Transportation has done the same for commercial bus and truck drivers.</p> <p>We’ve seen enforcement pilot programs dramatically reduce distracted driving in Hartford, Connecticut, and Syracuse, New York.</p> <p>Public education efforts are changing minds and behaviors in communities across America.</p> <p>And the American people are taking notice. People tell me all the time that they turn off their phones when they get behind the wheel.</p> <p>Even Disney-Pixar is getting in the act. In fact, they just released animated previews for their big summer movie, Cars 2, which remind us that “only bad guys drive distracted.”</p> <p>The bottom line is this: At the Department of Transportation, our fundamental mission is to help Americans move safely from one place to another. Although accidents or crashes can and will happen, our solemn obligation is to help prevent them. Our charge, above all else, is to save lives.</p> <p>Yes, we still have a long way to go before we reach that year with zero fatalities. But, like many of you, I go to work every morning thinking about how we can make our roadways safer. This Department of Transportation is always looking for new ideas and always challenging old assumptions. We’re grateful for your partnership – and for your continued vigilance as our journey continues. Thank you very much.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, June 13, 2011 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Contact Us</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division"></div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="premise" x-autocompletetype="address-line2" autocomplete="address-line2">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="state" x-autocompletetype="region" autocomplete="region">DC</span> <span class="postal-code" x-autocompletetype="postal-code" autocomplete="postal-code">20590</span></div><span class="country" x-autocompletetype="country" autocomplete="country">United States</span></div></div></div></div> <div class="contact-address"></div> <div class="contact-phone-numbers"> <div> Phone: 1 (202) 366-4000 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> TTY/Assistive Device: (800) 877-8339</div> </div> <div class="contact-social-media"></div> <div> Business Hours: <br /> 8:30am-5:00pm ET, M-F</div> </div><div class="label-above right-rail-header">Tags</div><ul><li class="even"><a href="/tags/lahood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lahood</a></li><li class="odd"><a href="/tags/statement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Statement</a></li></ul><span st_url=http://www.dot.govArray st_title='Secretary Ray LaHood Remarks as Prepared 22nd International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Gaylord Resort and Conference Center' class='st_sharethis_button' displaytext="ShareThis"></span><script type='text/javascript'>var switchTo5x=true;</script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript'>stLight.options({publisher:'dr-9d9fa1ba-e97d-f465-c80c-4840730dfec'});</script><div class="label-above share-label">Share</div><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style " addthis:title="Secretary Ray LaHood Remarks as Prepared 22nd International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Gaylord Resort and Conference Center - Department of Transportation" addthis:url="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-22nd-international-technical-conference-enhanced"><a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_google"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 molly_ellison 2107 at http://www.dot.gov http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-22nd-international-technical-conference-enhanced#comments Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Visit to Birmingham, Alabama http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-visit-birmingham-alabama <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Thank you, Mayor Bell and Director Cooper, for the warm welcome.  We just finished our tour of the devastation.   I must say, it’s simply heartbreaking.  Our prayers go out to the families affected.</p> <p>Even still, sometimes nature at its worst can bring out a community at its best.  We’re seeing it along the flooded Mississippi River.  We’re seeing it in towns like Joplin, Missouri, and Springfield, Mass.   For the past month, we’ve been seeing it from the wonderful people of Birmingham and Alabama.</p> <p>On behalf of President Obama, I extend great appreciation to Governor Bentley, Mayor Bell, Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox, and Director Cooper.  And I join them in saluting the tireless first responders, the dedicated clean-up crews, and the selfless volunteers who have brought hope and compassion to people who need it so badly.</p> <p>When President Obama visited Alabama one month ago, he pledged that this nation would never forget you -- and that we’d be with you every step of the way as you rebuild your communities and re-begin your lives.  Today, I’m pleased to announce that the Department of Transportation is making available $1.5 million in quick release emergency funds to do exactly this – to start the considerable job of restoring roads and bridges right here.</p> <p>Now, this is just one component of the Obama Administration’s effort to help you pick up the pieces and begin anew.  President Obama and many of my colleagues in the cabinet have already announced significant funding commitments.  If you haven’t yet signed up for financial assistance from FEMA, we encourage you to do so.  It’s not too late.  And we will not let up until the area has completely recovered.</p> <p>So, my message to the people of Alabama is this: You have full partners in the Obama Administration and the Department of Transportation.  Together, we will get this historic, beautiful, resilient community back on its feet. And I’m proud that we are able to play a part in this critical cause.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, June 7, 2011 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Contact Us</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division"></div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="premise" x-autocompletetype="address-line2" autocomplete="address-line2">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="state" x-autocompletetype="region" autocomplete="region">DC</span> <span class="postal-code" x-autocompletetype="postal-code" autocomplete="postal-code">20590</span></div><span class="country" x-autocompletetype="country" autocomplete="country">United States</span></div></div></div></div> <div class="contact-address"></div> <div class="contact-phone-numbers"> <div> Phone: 1 (202) 366-4000 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> TTY/Assistive Device: (800) 877-8339</div> </div> <div class="contact-social-media"></div> <div> Business Hours: <br /> 8:30am-5:00pm ET, M-F</div> </div><div class="label-above right-rail-header">Tags</div><ul><li class="even"><a href="/tags/lahood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lahood</a></li><li class="odd"><a href="/tags/statement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Statement</a></li></ul><span st_url=http://www.dot.govArray st_title='Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Visit to Birmingham, Alabama' class='st_sharethis_button' displaytext="ShareThis"></span><script type='text/javascript'>var switchTo5x=true;</script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript'>stLight.options({publisher:'dr-9d9fa1ba-e97d-f465-c80c-4840730dfec'});</script><div class="label-above share-label">Share</div><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style " addthis:title="Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Visit to Birmingham, Alabama - Department of Transportation" addthis:url="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-visit-birmingham-alabama"><a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_google"></a> <a href="http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250" class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 molly_ellison 2106 at http://www.dot.gov http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-visit-birmingham-alabama#comments Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Introduction of New Fuel Economy Labels http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/secretary-ray-lahood-remarks-prepared-introduction-new-fuel-economy-labels <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Good morning.  Thank you, all, for joining us.  In a moment, you’ll hear from Lisa Jackson, my friend and colleague in the cabinet, and the EPA’s outstanding administrator.  You’ll also hear from Jim Guest, President and Chief Executive Officer of Consumers Union, a longtime champion for consumer rights; and Kathleen Marvaso, Vice President for Public Affairs at AAA, a tireless advocate for consumers on vehicle safety, fuel efficiency, and conservation issues.</p> <p>We’re here today with some very exciting news. As you can see on these vehicles around the plaza, we’re introducing new fuel economy labels that, one, help consumers understand and evaluate how they can save money at the gas station and, two, highlight the savings that families can anticipate as a result of the historic fuel economy standards that the Obama Administration has put in place.  This is the single most significant overhaul to fuel economy labels since they first appeared on cars and trucks more than three decades ago.  And it’s part of President Obama’s plan to ease American families’ pain at the pump.</p> <p>These labels will give consumers better, more complete information – including expected savings over a five-year period, a fuel economy comparison to other vehicles in the same class, as well as guidance, on a scale of one to ten, about each car or truck’s environmental impact.   They will let consumers see, both in plain print and on their smartphones, how their family budgets will benefit from purchasing more fuel efficient cars – whether they’re gasoline, electric, or hybrid powered.  These labels also represent another important mile-marker in the Obama Administration’s mission to cut fuel costs for American families, reduce the nation’s dependence on oil, and give Americans the tools they need to take advantage of remarkable new technologies that make today’s cars cleaner and more efficient than ever before.</p> <p>We’ve already established a national, 35.5 miles per gallon standard.  This landmark accomplishment will save families an average of $3,000 over the lifetime of their vehicles – and lead to savings of 1.8 billion barrels of oil.  In a couple of months, we’ll finalize the first-ever fuel standards for vans, buses, and trucks, which will save even more fuel and money for the American people.</p> <p>So, the bottom line is this:  These new window stickers are a win-win.  They’ll help consumers make informed choices and save money at the pump.  And they’ll help keep America moving down the road to energy independence.</p> <p>So with that, I’m pleased to introduce Lisa Jackson.  Thank you very much.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, May 25, 2011 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Contact Us</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division"></div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="premise" x-autocompletetype="address-line2" autocomplete="address-line2">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="state" x-autocompletetype="region" autocomplete="region">DC</span> <span class="postal-code" x-autocompletetype="postal-code" autocomplete="postal-code">20590</span></div><span class="country" x-autocompletetype="country" autocomplete="country">United States</span></div></div></div></div> <div class="contact-address"></div> <div class="contact-phone-numbers"> <div> Phone: 1 (202) 366-4000 </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> TTY/Assistive Device: (800) 877-8339</div> </div> <div class="contact-social-media"></div> <div> Business Hours: <br /> 8:30am-5:00pm ET, M-F</div> </div><div class="label-above right-rail-header">Tags</div><ul><li class="even"><a href="/tags/lahood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lahood</a></li><li class="odd"><a href="/tags/statement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Statement</a></li></ul><span st_url=http://www.dot.govArray st_title='Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Introduction of New Fuel Economy Labels' class='st_sharethis_button' displaytext="ShareThis"></span><script type='text/javascript'>var switchTo5x=true;</script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript'>stLight.options({publisher:'dr-9d9fa1ba-e97d-f465-c80c-4840730dfec'});</script><div class="label-above share-label">Share</div><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style " addthis:title="Secretary Ray LaHood --Remarks as Prepared-- Introduction of New Fuel Economy Labels - 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Under their stewardship, all of us in government are reviewing our policies and programs with an eye toward empowering women today – and with a hand in building ladders that help women climb to positions of leadership.</p> <p>How does this commitment translate to action?  Here’s one example:  On our department’s website, you’ll find a page devoted to women and girls, where you might see a salute to female truckers alongside mentoring opportunities and information for women business owners.</p> <p>But even more telling is the fact that DOT’s senior ranks are filled with talented, dedicated, hard-working women – including tonight’s special honoree, WTS Woman of the Year, Karen Rae. </p> <p>Karen is the deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad administration.  She’s our go-to person for negotiating agreements with the states and freight railroads – and getting our high-speed rail network up and running.  And when I need to know something about one of our high-speed rail projects, she’s the first person I call.  Without her, we couldn’t put President Obama’s vision for high-speed rail in place.  Period.</p> <p>But while significant, this is only the start.  Almost one year ago, I also had the opportunity to sign a memorandum of cooperation with WTS International.  We tailored it to promote mentorship – and to encourage young women to pursue study in the STEM disciplines, that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.</p> <p>The good news is that, as we revitalize our nation’s transportation systems, the opportunities for young women are enormous.   We see rising demand for environmental engineers and technicians.  We see rising demand for skilled professionals in the high-speed rail business and aerospace industry.  We see rising demand for technical engineers at our own Volpe Center – the WTS International employer of the year.  Congratulations.</p> <p>Or take aviation, where we’re making a huge technological leap forward and transitioning from a radar-based air traffic control system to a satellite-based one.  This groundbreaking effort requires a new generation of well-trained experts with technical know-how.  Specifically, we need a smart, new generation of air traffic controllers and flight data coordinators, as our generation begins to retire.</p> <p>But here’s the catch: To fill these jobs, we need to prepare young people to seize the opportunities before them.  That means teaching the STEM skills.  But that also means linking young women with role models and with mentors. </p> <p>We need to create a pipeline that will bring a new generation of young women into transportation industries.  This is an issue of urgent national significance.  America’s competitiveness in the global economy hangs in the balance.   We can’t win the future without today’s young women engineering, building, operating, and maintaining tomorrow’s transportation systems.</p> <p>So, tonight, I’m pleased to unveil our plans for “Transportation YOU.”  “Transportation YOU” is a hands-on mentoring program that puts young women – girls between the ages of 13 and 18 – directly in contact with working women.  It offers interactive field experiences in transportation-related fields.  And it opens the eyes of middle- and high-school-ers to a wide spectrum of job options – sparking the recognition that college and then careers in transportation are within reach.</p> <p>Working collectively, we’ll tap into your network of over 4,000 professionals and 45 chapters to inspire girls across the country.  We’ll also partner with our network of 160 University Transportation Centers, which are already addressing workforce issues.  Thanks to all the WTS chapter presidents for your support.</p> <p>So, we are very excited.  Together, we are expanding young women’s horizons.  We are out-educating and out-building the rest of the world. </p> <p>Thank you for your leadership.  Thank you for being role-models and mentors.    And congratulations on your outstanding achievements.   Enjoy the evening.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-ds-created field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, May 19, 2011 </div></div></div> <style> </style> <div class='contact-right-rail'> <div class="right-rail-header"> <div class="field-item even">Contact Us</div> </div> <div class="contact-full-name" >US Department of Transportation</div> <div class="contact-title"></div> <div class="contact-division"></div> <div class="contact-address"><div class="field field-name-field-address field-type-addressfield field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="street-block"><div class="premise" x-autocompletetype="address-line2" autocomplete="address-line2">1200 New Jersey Ave, SE</div></div><div class="addressfield-container-inline locality-block country-US"><span class="locality" x-autocompletetype="locality" autocomplete="locality">Washington</span>, 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