January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Join our efforts to combat human trafficking: http://1.usa.gov/1nz27eI #ActAgainstTrafficking
Anthony Foxx became the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013. In nominating him, President Obama said, "I know Anthony’s experience will make him an outstanding Transportation Secretary.
He’s got the respect of his peers, mayors, and governors all across the country. And as a consequence, I think that he’s going to be extraordinarily effective." As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation. His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital project ever undertaken by the city, which will build new roads, bridges, transit as well as bicycle and pedestrian facilities; expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest in the world; working with North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-485 outer belt loop using a creative design-build-finance approach, the first major project of its kind in North Carolina; and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project. Prior to being elected mayor, Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an At-Large Representative. As a Council Member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee, where he helped shepherd the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history, enabling Charlotte to take advantage of record low interest rates and favorable construction pricing to stretch city dollars beyond initial projections. Foxx also chaired the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization. Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. Foxx received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College. Foxx and his wife, Samara, have two children, Hillary and Zachary.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Join our efforts to combat human trafficking: http://1.usa.gov/1nz27eI #ActAgainstTrafficking
I had the privilege last week of presenting "Beyond Traffic – Looking Forward to Innovation in an Era of Rapid Change" at the Transportation Research Board's 96th Annual Meeting. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation extended an invitation to the American public to open up and have a frank discussion about the shape, size and condition of our transportation network. Beyond Traffic enabled us to see – at a high level – how our system is working, where it is deficient and what it will take to meet the needs and goals of our nation for decades to come.
In conjunction with the release of Beyond Traffic 2045, we designated 18 universities and nonprofits as Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers. When I issued the challenge to universities and nonprofits looking to help the Department tackle the country’s mobility concerns in the years to come, I was seeking to create a community of forward-thinking researchers, students and thought leaders who will play an important role in ensuring our economy continues to grow. And those thought leaders across the country stepped up to the plate.
Collectively, the people of this great nation have proven to be our finest asset. When innovative and creative thinking and actions come together in a thoughtful, meaningful forum such as the TRB Annual Meeting, we can accomplish great things. Individual communities have their strengths, but together, there is no end to what we can accomplish. http://bit.ly/2ju79dB #BeyondTraffic
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When people think of Los Angeles, they often think of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood – but also of crippling traffic, delays, and pollution in the nation’s car capital.
In recent years, LA’s citizens and leaders have come together around a new vision. A new vision that includes new subways, light rail, rapid buses, and other multimodal transportation investments: http://bit.ly/2iJ3BkY
It has been a tremendous honor to serve President Obama and the American people as Secretary of Transportation. I believe we truly are at a crossroads with our nation’s transportation system. We are a different country than we were when the Department opened its doors fifty years ago – more diverse, urban, and populated. My goal was to set this Department on a course for the next fifty years that more fully recognizes the role transportation decisions play in economic opportunity for underserved communities, appreciates the role that technology can play in making our transportation future much safer, and embraces innovation even when it disrupts traditional ways of thinking.
Read my exit memo to President Obama on the progress we’ve made over the last eight years to build an even stronger transportation system that serves the American people: http://bit.ly/2iUg84R #CabinetInReview
Ask me anything! I’ll be answering your questions on Reddit today at 5pm ET. #AMA
A little over one year ago, we launched our Smart City Challenge, asking mid-sized cities across America to share their ideas for how to create an integrated, first-of-its-kind smart transportation system using data, applications, and technology to help people and goods move faster, cheaper, and more efficiently. Over 75 cities competed for the resources to connect and deploy new technologies, and now those applications and a wealth of data is available to the public in a new comprehensive report: http://bit.ly/2j5TOZf #DOTSmartCity
Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday. #HappyHolidays, everyone!
Happy Holidays from the U.S. Department of Transportation!
Transportation can bring us together. My interview with CityLab: http://www.citylab.com/commute/2016/12/anthony-foxx-the-great-connector/511580/
The outgoing Transportation Secretary reflects on autonomous vehicles, economic justice, and a remarkable tenure.
December 15 = the last day to enroll for coverage starting January 1. Enroll now! #GetCovered http://bit.ly/2fnvqAp
My Brother's Keeper envisions an America where everyone has a fair shot at opportunity. Get involved. Become a mentor. #IamMBK
Did you know that you may already be a potential transportation leader – even if you have no prior experience? Because you travel every day on roads, railways, airways, sidewalks and trails to connect with the places you live, work, and play, you most likely have a lot of ideas for how to make these systems better.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's #EveryPlaceCounts Leadership Academy is here to help demystify the transportation process. Together, we can make the future of transportation planning and project delivery sustainable, inclusive, and attuned to community needs. We can make sure every place counts.
Our release of the draft #BeyondTraffic report in early 2015 launched a national conversation around the critical challenges that our country’s transportation system will face over the next 30 years. Our educational institutions are critical to helping us solve these challenges, and today, building on that conversation, I am announcing a call for applications for entities who want to join this effort as officially designated U.S. Department of Transportation Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers: http://bit.ly/2h7fd32
The choices we make about future transportation projects, the people they touch and places they connect, will play a critical role in determining how widely opportunity expands throughout America. Opportunity begins with thoughtful, creative minds and transcends from concept to reality. Through the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers grant program, we’ve witnessed tremendous interest in propelling our aging transportation system into a cleaner, more efficient and connected future.
Congratulations to all of our #AmazingUTCs! Together, we can build a stronger and more connected nation, a healthier economy, and more vibrant communities. http://bit.ly/2hb73XD
61 years ago today, Rosa Parks did not just refuse to give up her seat on a bus. She took a stand for freedom and equality and triggered a boycott that changed America.
On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white male patron.
Her defiant act helped to ignite the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the first large-scale protests against segregation in the Deep South. Led by Martin Luther King Jr., the boycott started on the day of Parks’ court hearing and lasted 381 days. The United States Supreme Court eventually ordered Montgomery to desegregate its bus system.
Called the "First lady of Civil Rights" by the United States Congress, Parks received national recognition for her role in the Civil Rights Movement. Her awards include the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol.
Photo: Rosa Parks being fingerprinted by Deputy Sheriff D.H. Lackey after being arrested for boycotting public transportation, Montgomery, Alabama, February, 1956.
Today's historic flight to Havana marks another important milestone in our ongoing efforts to reengage with #Cuba bit.ly/2gonEne #USCuba
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at #DOT!
Technology and innovation will transform transportation as we know it. Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of a new Automation Proving Ground Pilot Program: http://bit.ly/2gLdeT3
Today I am announcing the launch of a new Automation Proving Ground Pilot Program. Through this program, the Department will designate facilities as qualified proving grounds for the safe testing, demonstration and deployment of automated vehicle technology. We believe that by designating facilities...
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“Over the last eight years, we’ve created more jobs than all the advanced economies in the world—combined. Unemployment has been cut in half. Wages are finally on the rise.” —Vice President Biden on continuing to build on a record of economic progress: go.wh.gov/xaFupW
Happy Birthday, Vice President Biden!
Today and every day, we thank the brave women and men who have served in our Armed Forces. #HonoringVets
On #VeteransDay, we honor and salute our nation's veterans. From all of us at #DOT, thank you for your service and sacrifice. #HonoringVets
Check out my interview with The Verge on the future of transportation in America: http://bit.ly/2f6fulH
Foxx’s vision for US transportation also includes high-speed rail, GPS tracking systems for airplanes, and drones that will replace trucks to deliver goods to your doorstep.
As we look to the future, we know we’ll need to make strategic transportation infrastructure choices. The next #FASTLANE grants will help us do that. http://bit.ly/2ejsbGd
Last month, we announced nearly $800 million in grants for eighteen projects as part of our new FASTLANE grant program. Demand for FASTLANE grant funding was through the roof – over 200 applications were submitted, totaling nearly $10 billion in funding requests. But in the last round, for every 10…
As the country’s population and economy continue to grow, many communities are thinking critically about their transportation, housing, and small business development needs. These areas each have their own distinct challenges and opportunities, but all can be addressed through smart, integrated policies.
Yesterday, I returned to my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina to tour the up-and-coming LYNX Blue Line Extension of the area’s light rail system, which is a perfect example of how transportation, housing, and development can all go hand-in-hand. I was joined by my friend Shaun Donovan, Director of the President’s Office of Management and Budget and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, as well as Acting Federal Transit Administrator Carolyn Flowers. We spent the morning seeing how the construction of the Blue Line Extension can have sweeping benefits that extend far beyond transit.
In recent years, Charlotte has already come a long way – from what we saw on our trip, it’s safe to say the future is bright, too: http://bit.ly/2eRDNB7
President Obama's weekly address highlights our efforts to enhance protections for air travelers and promote competition in the airline industry:
"It’s all about taking steps, big and small, that can make your life a little bit better.” —President Obama explains how he's acting to improve air travel and save you money: go.wh.gov/xxLNBL
For many Americans, air travel is a way of life -- it's how we keep our businesses running, explore new places, and keep in touch with the people we love.
Yet over the past eight years, I've received plenty of letters from Americans who've been frustrated by unforeseen baggage fees; folks who feel like they too often end up paying more for an airline ticket than they bargained for.
I believe that when American families and workers fly, they deserve to know exactly what they're buying, without hidden fees or last-minute charges.
That's why over the past eight years, my Administration has put in place rules that prevent excessive delays on the tarmac, permit ticket cancellations in more scenarios, require airlines to hold reservations or provide refunds within a 24-hour window, and provide better compensation to consumers who've been involuntarily bumped from oversold flights.
They're commonsense steps -- and today we're building on that progress with new actions to save you money, create more competition among airlines, and help you see (and get) exactly what you're paying for. These new steps include adding more protections for travelers with disabilities -- and requiring airlines to show you how often they lose luggage and how likely you are to reach your destinations on time.
All of this should help you make better decisions for yourselves and your families. Because for an industry that is so central to our lives, the principle should be simple: treat folks fairly, and give everybody the information they need to make smart decisions.
As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to enhance protections for air travelers and promote competition in the airline industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation is taking a number of actions to help Americans make well-informed decisions when arranging travel, ensure that airlines treat consumers fairly, and give consumers a voice: http://bit.ly/2e6bqRy
If you’ve followed DOT’s Fast Lane blog over the last few years, you know that the Obama Administration believes that airline passengers deserve to have access to clear and complete information about the airlines they choose to fly, and to expect fair and reasonable treatment when they fly.
The Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation will help determine how, when, and where automated technology will transform the way we move.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation has advanced some of the life-saving benefits of automated technologies, including automated vehicle policy, but we are looking outside the government for innovative and thoughtful leaders to uncover its full potential across all modes.” — Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Today, Secretary Foxx announced a new Advisory Committee on Automated in Transportation which will serve as a critical resource in framing federal policy for the continued development and deployment of automated transportation. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2ekwjGp
We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident in flight puts many lives at risk. http://bit.ly/2eptiso
At the U.S. Department of Transportation, we are committed to ensuring our nation's transportation system is accessible for everyone. #ACAA30
The passage of the Air Carrier Access Act represented a watershed moment for non-discrimination in air transportation. Deputy Secretary Mendez shares why the #ACAA is one America’s greatest civil rights achievements: http://bit.ly/2eeglwB #ACAA30
Excited to talk drones and other high-tech issues at the White House today – tune in live on the White House page at noon!
Tune in today at noon to see Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and The White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough discuss the future of aviation!
Yesterday, The White House hosted an amazing event where tech professionals from a variety of backgrounds showed how they're using government #OpenData in unique ways.
We're proud that through our open data efforts – led by Chief Data Officer Dan Morgan – innovators can map, analyze, and visualize transportation issues like never before. We're committed to using every tool available to connect people to opportunity.
Check out Dan's blog post, and hopefully you'll feel as inspired as I do – then share your #TranspoStory to inform our efforts going forward.
At USDOT, we believe that transportation plays a critical role in connecting Americans to economic opportunity.
I sat down for a conversation with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. Wynton shared stories about streetcar rides with his great-uncle in 1960s New Orleans, the significance of trains in American mythology, and how the sounds of transportation continue to inspire his music today. #TranspoStory
Transportation should not create division; it should be the solution to past divisions.
That's why I'm proud to launch the #EveryPlaceCounts Leadership Academy.
Today, over 100 community leaders from around the country are gathering at USDOT headquarters to learn from each other, share ideas, and offer us their feedback.
Together, we can make sure that transportation decisions are made based on the best practices in community engagement.
Stay tuned as we share stories and ideas from this and other upcoming events!
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