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Secretary Elaine L. Chao kicked off the 50th Secretary’s Awards Ceremony to a thunderous ovation. Recipient’s from all Agencies, Offices and as far away as Juneau, Alaska, were gathered in the West Atrium of DOT headquarters to receive awards on excellence and merit.  The Secretary took the opportunity to give a special thanks to the more than 300 DOT employees who have volunteered for special assignments to assist with recovery efforts after the recent series of devastating hurricanes.

“As many of you know, I traveled with Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence to the devastated areas. The spirit of the volunteers and recovery workers was inspirational.” The Secretary added. “Repairing damaged infrastructure will be a key factor in the recovery and the DOT has an important role to play in helping these regions get back on their feet.”

In total, DOT recognized 47 individuals and 22 team leads. The work of the Department has gone above the call of duty to ensure America’s critical infrastructure is safe, secure and strong. Through innovation and dedication, these teams and individuals have taken our mission one step further.

For a list of award winners: click here

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In observance of Veterans Day, The U.S. Department of Transportation proudly takes the time to acknowledge the sacrifices given by veterans and their families. It’s important to recognize those who make it their mission to protect our country and way of life. Today's veteran brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the job. The US Military provides service men and women with top notch training and robust practical work experience in areas of critical importance to DOT such as information technology, engineering, communications, security, information gathering, administrative support, human resources and financial management.

On behalf of the entire U.S. Department of Transportation, we salute veterans, active military and the spouses for your sacrifice and commitment. It is only through your diligence that we can remain free.  Thank you for your service.

For more information about hiring veterans, you can visit www.transportation.gov/veteranstransportationcareers

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Mobility on Demand (MOD) Initiative is helping communities nationwide incorporate the latest technology into their public transit services, with the goal of making them more effective, efficient, and equitable. Travelers in urban, suburban, and rural communities will benefit from better first- and last-mile connections, improved paratransit services, enhanced trip planning capabilities, and more.

Learn more about FTA’s MOD Sandbox Program 

Mobility on Demand Stats Graphic

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working together to help keep pedestrians safe this Halloween.  As trick-or-treaters take to the streets on Halloween, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly. Dark colored costumes and masks which challenge children’s peripheral vision are additional reasons for parents and motorists alike to be even more watchful for children on Halloween. Motorists should reduce speeds in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.  Parents should also review safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.

On Halloween night 2016, between (6 p.m. until 5.59 a.m.)

  • 47 people died and nearly a third were due to drunk drivers – three times the fatalities of an average day.
  • Thirty percent of Halloween crash fatalities were pedestrians, compared to only 16 percent on an average day.
  • Over the last four years, from 2012-2016, 22 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

Keep Halloween Safe Graphic Facts and Figures 
 

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As motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of teen fatalities, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has marked this week, October 15-21, National Teen Driver Safety Week to urge parents and teens to take the essential steps to prevent accidents behind the wheel. Throughout the week, NHTSA and its many highway safety partners across the country will be encouraging you to get the facts and start the conversations- this week and every week – to talk with your teens and help keep them safe behind the wheel.  NHTSA’s 5 to Drive Campaign encourages safe driving behaviors in teen drivers. Let your young driver know that obeying the rules is a prerequisite for the privilege of driving.

To see more #TransportationTuesday graphics and topics, visit our webpage.

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