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.
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.
On the bus next week, I'll visit communities where investment in transportation is making a big difference in people's lives--where it allows them to get to a job or college, where it makes moving a farmer's goods to market easier, and where it creates new jobs.
But it's a big country, and I can't see it all in a single week, and I won't be able to hear everyone's stories on one trip. So I could use your help...
As many of you know, Secretary Foxx is about to embark on his "Invest in America, Commit to the Future" bus tour. It's great to know that the first step in his trip involved safety.
That's right, before finalizing his plans, the Secretary "Looked Before He Booked" using the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's SaferBus app. The app is available for iPad and Android devices, and it allows you to check the safety record of your motorcoach carrier before going on a trip.
Secretary Foxx had a little help from FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, but as the video below shows, the app is easy to use. And, it allows you and your loved ones to travel with confidence.
This morning, I announced that I will spend the next week traveling across the country with a simple message: Americans across the country need new and better transportation options to help them get to school, get to work or start a business; the President has proposed a way to do all this without adding to the deficit...if we can get Congress to say "yes” to investing in America by committing to a multi-year transportation bill.
Transportation connects Americans to opportunity. From the canals built just after our independence to the transcontinental railroad to the interstate highway system, better transportation has always led this nation to greater prosperity...
When we talk about Connected Vehicles, we're talking about vehicles that use basic wireless technology to talk to each other, to mobile devices, and to roadside infrastructure such as traffic signals. And, believe it or not, these vehicles are in the fast lane toward deployment and implementation on America's roads.
When vehicles and roadway infrastructure exchange information with each other, we have the potential to make our transportation system significantly safer, smarter, and greener.
Building on our momentum, we have released a Request for Information (RFI) to help bring the promise of connected vehicles to some of our roads even sooner...
One sign of spring that drivers across the country are sure to notice is the appearance of orange cones indicating road work. As the road construction season begins in earnest, National Work Zone Awareness Week reminds drivers to slow down, pay attention, and drive safely in work zones.
In 2012, 609 people died in highway work zone crashes. That's an increase of 19 fatalities from 2011, and it's 609 too many. You might be surprised to know that nearly four in five victims of work zone crashes are not highway workers, but drivers and their passengers.
During World War II, railroads and rail workers were essential to our war effort and to our economy. From 1942 to 1943, Jack Delano of the Federal Office of War Information took thousands of photographs of railroad workers, mostly in the Chicago area.
Now, thanks to the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, more than 60 of Delano's photographs of the Chicago railroad community are on display in a new Chicago History Museum called “Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography.” On Saturday, I attended the exhibit’s opening along with hundreds of the rail workers’ family members who helped the Center for Railroad Photography & Art tell their stories...
The morning of September 16, 2013, brought tragedy to those working at the Washington Navy Yard and their families. As members of the Navy Yard community, we at DOT share the sad memory of this senseless event, but sometimes in the darkest moments we can find heroes to provide spots of light.
The Navy Yard was filled with heroes that morning, men and women who risked their lives to help their co-workers evacuate the building to safety. I'm proud to say that DOT had a couple of heroes of our own, Noah Smith and Laurie Flaherty of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And last week, the American Ambulance Association honored them with awards for valor...
Last October, Volpe --our National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts-- launched an eight-session speaker series on Transportation System Resilience, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change. Given the tremendous damage imposed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the long snow-filled winter we're emerging from, and the dramatic climate events predicted for the future, this series is tackling a very important challenge.
Soon after President Obama rolled out a comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan, last summer, I had the pleasure of kicking off this important series at Volpe. It's designed to explore transportation system resiliency and the escalating threats our changing climate poses on our transportation system...