As demand for air travel grows, this Administration through the U.S. Department of Transportation is partnering with state and local governments to invest in our airport infrastructure. Thanks to a robust economy and lower ticket prices, more people can afford to fly to their destinations. Newly released airline traffic estimates show 78.1 million passengers flew...

Drones are the fastest-evolving transportation segment in history, moving at the pace of imagination. It is an exciting time for aviation, and the U.S. Transportation Department is playing an important role in this revolution. We are focused on improving our agility and flexibility in our support of the drone community, while keeping the safety of...

By land, water and air, transportation infrastructure binds together the United States of America. Every day, Americans take over a billion trips — usually on the nation’s 4 million miles of roads. Rivers, streams and other obstacles are traversed via America’s 616,096 highway bridges. Federal resources focus on the subset of U.S. roads deemed most...

Safety is always No. 1 at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Stopping the fatalities that occur on America’s roads is our greatest ongoing transportation safety challenge. So it is encouraging to see in newly released traffic crash data that 2018 marked the second consecutive year of declining crash fatalities. Initial estimates for the first half...

In the pre-dawn of New Year’s Eve 2018, fire broke out on the 650-foot Panamanian-flagged car carrier SINCERITY ACE underway in the Northern Pacific. Fire is one of the greatest threats at sea. The vessel, which was roughly 1,800 nautical miles northwest of the Hawaiian Islands, alerted the U.S. Coast Guard of its intent to...

Wednesday, I joined state and local leaders from Massachusetts to break ground on the construction of the new U.S. Department of Transportation John A. Volpe Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge. Volpe’s world-class research isn’t new to Cambridge. In fact, Volpe’s been a good neighbor for almost 50 years. This new state-of-the-art facility will mark the...

The St. Lawrence Seaway is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year by continuing to play a big part in America’s economy. More than 227,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity are supported by movement of cargoes on the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Seaway System. The Great Lakes–Seaway System stretches from Duluth, Minnesota, to the Atlantic...

Regulation can do more harm than good, especially regarding safety. This reality is behind an overdue update this week of a federal rule on truck-driver hours.   The current regime is a relic of the 1930s when unions wanted limits on trucker hours so employers hired more drivers. Those rules have grown onerous in a...

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