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House passes bill to pay furloughed DOT workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, the House passed legislation that would compensate 1,922 U.S. Department of Transportation workers, who were furloughed in early March when Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky) temporarily blocked funding for federal highway and transportation projects, according to a Washington Post report. Sen. Bunning said he blocked the transportation funding because

President marks historic transportation investment

more than 500 headquarter employees at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). “President Obama is keeping his promise to the American people and he is doing it ahead of schedule,” said Secretary LaHood. “This is a long-overdue investment in our transportation infrastructure and in jobs for Americans.” State highway departments have

U.S. DOT solicits R&D help

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced the first of two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program solicitations for 2009 to address transportation challenges.  Through this competitive program, the U.S. DOT encourages small, high-tech and innovative U.S

U.S. DOT to reconstruct Iraqi transportation system

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will send a team of experts to assist in the reconstruction of Iraq's transportation system. Initially, the team will consist of federal aviation officials and will be followed by maritime, rail and surface experts. The team is a precursor to a permanent DOT mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, when it opens in July. The reconstruction

Study examines transportation's role in reducing GHGs

A number of strategies can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, such as using low-carbon fuels, increasing vehicle fuel economy, improving system efficiency and reducing travel that involves high levels of carbon emissions, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). "Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions

AASHTO launches new financing site

by congressional legislation in the 2005, the AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance provides transportation funding and financing tools, research services, technical assistance, and professional education programs in conjunction with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to work in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop state-of-the-art finance

APTA leg. meeting to discuss safety, jobs

priorities. The 600-plus public transit leaders will spend Tuesday and Wednesday visiting their congressional representatives, lobbying their transit initiatives on Capitol Hill. The 2010 Legislative Conference will feature a lineup of transportation leaders including: Ray LaHood, secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; Joseph C. Szabo, administrator, Federal Railroad Administration

DOT Secretary Peters debuts blog

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters has launched “Fast Lane,” the  Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new blog. “Fast Lane,” which can be found at, will be an online community for all those interested in the nation’s transportation system and its future. "Fast Lane"

U.S. DOT proposes national transportation worker ID system

The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed the implementation of a national transportation worker ID system to bolster national security. A national transportation worker ID card would verify the identity of transportation workers, validate background information and account for personnel access and activity. The draft working paper is posted on APTA’s Website

RITA awards $13.8M to 8 University Transportation Centers

  The awards were made by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). UTCs conduct research that directly support the U.S. Department of Transportation's priorities and are a critical part of the U.S. transportation strategy.

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