Topic : U.S. Department of Transportation

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U.S. DOT launches Safety Council

Bus| October 26, 2009
Secretary LaHood created the Safety Council to serve that broad-based safety leadership role and help break down organizational stovepipes, enabling an even stronger safety culture.

FMCSA conducts 1st drug, alcohol strike force

Motorcoach| October 26, 2009
Investigators examined the drug and alcohol safety records of commercial drivers employed by bus companies, including school bus drivers, interstate passenger carriers, hazardous material transporters and general freight long-haul trucking companies.
Motorcoach| September 25, 2009

Safety Advocates file petition to curb cell use

Study found that texting increased the risk of a safety-critical driving event for truck drivers by 23.2 times. Another study conducted in 2006 found that drivers using cell phones failed to stop at stop signs 10 times more often than drivers not using cell phones.
Bus| September 18, 2009

Transbay center project reaches funding milestone

The three components of the project - replacing the outdated Transbay Terminal with a modern transit hub; extending the Caltrain rail line 1.3 miles into the heart of the Financial District; and redeveloping the area surrounding the Transbay Transit Center with 2,600 new homes (35 percent affordable), parks and a retail main street - will help to return San Francisco to a culture of mass transit.
Bus| July 9, 2009

Sec. LaHood awards $6.7 Million in training grants

The OJT/SS grants were included in ARRA to supplement federal training programs and to support the training programs of state departments of transportation for highway construction contractors, apprentices and trainees.
Rail| June 17, 2009

Sec. LaHood announces HSR funding guidelines

The program will offer grants for both planning and construction and includes an $8 billion competitive grant program and a continuing $1 billion annual investment proposed in the President’s budget.
Bus| June 16, 2009

DOT, HUD, EPA partner for housing, transport goals

Earlier this year, HUD and DOT announced an unprecedented agreement to implement joint housing and transportation initiatives. With EPA joining the partnership, the three agencies will work together to ensure that these housing and transportation goals are met while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development and helping to address the challenges of climate change.
Bus| June 15, 2009

AASHTO launches new financing site

The site is designed to identify a comprehensive set of funding and financing mechanisms that can be used to generate investment for critical transportation projects.
Bus| June 10, 2009

Anne Ferro nominated to head FMCSA

Ferro is currently President of the Maryland Motor Truck Association and serves on several regional advisory committees relating to freight planning, highway safety and transportation funding.
Rail| June 4, 2009

Biden, LaHood meet with governors on HSR

Session was an opportunity for state leaders to share their ideas with the Obama administration about the future of high-speed trains in America.

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