Today – at the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony marking the completion of the transcontinental railroad –  is a day to commemorate the achievement of railroads and railroad workers – including approximately 12,000 or more Chinese laborers – who risked everything to make the Transcontinental Railroad a reality. The Transcontinental Railroad was a...

Thank you, Jason [ Siwula, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety ].  And thanks very much for everything that you and your colleagues are doing to make Kentucky’s roads safer.   There is no higher calling and greater mission than saving lives and preventing injuries.   The men and women gathered here today at...

Thank you, Finch.  Finch is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and leading a team of DOT specialists who are here at SXSW to conduct several information-sharing sessions.  At 11:00 this morning, DOT will host “The New Urban Mobility Partnership.”  Following that will be “By Land, Air, and Sea:  The Future of Freight” and...

Thank you, President Schaitberger, [General President, International Association of Fire Fighters].   I am pleased to be here today with the IAFF leadership team, and so many IAFF members. You are patriotic heroes in your communities, who bravely deliver life-saving fire and rescue services and emergency medical care. The Department of Transportation is proud to...

Thank you, Kathy [Tedeschi], for inviting me to participate in the 30th anniversary remembrance of the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. It is an honor to be here with you– as you remember your husband William Alan Daniels of Belle Meade, New Jersey– as well as all the families who lost...

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