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  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine | site |



    Update Provides Alternative Temperature for Transportation and Temporary Storage for Frozen Vials Before Dilution


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is allowing undiluted frozen vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be transported and stored at conventional temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers for a period of up to two weeks. This reflects an alternative to the preferred storage of the undiluted vials in an ultra-low temperature freezer between -80ºC to -60ºC (-112ºF to -76ºF). The change is being reflected in updates to the Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers)....
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces FY 2021 Round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant Program

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces FY 2021 Round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 17, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today announced it is seeking applicants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. INFRA grants will fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration’s priorities including creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology, and explicitly addressing climate change and racial equity. The funding available for this year’s grants totals approximately $889 million. The Department recognizes the role that infrastructure investment plays in economic development and job creation, and the a...
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Highlights Biden Administration’s Support for Transportation Workers and Additional COVID-19 Relief Funding

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Highlights Biden Administration’s Support for Transportation Workers and Additional COVID-19 Relief Funding | site |



    Meets with leaders from Amtrak, and local transit agencies, as well as front line transit and rail workers at Union Station


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 5, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with Amtrak and transit officials as well as front line transit and rail workers at Union Station, where he discussed the importance of the recently announced federal mask requirements for public transportation employees and users to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and highlighted the Biden Administration’s support for additional COVID-19 relief funding for public transportation.



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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Additional Biden Appointees

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Additional Biden Appointees

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Additional Biden Appointees "Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People"| site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 2, 2021)


    Washington - - Today, the Biden Administration announced additional key members of its U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) team who are joining the Department this week. This diverse and experienced group will join with USDOT civil servants and other appointees already hard at work on behalf of the American people to advance President Biden’s agenda to build our country back better. “We welcome this experienced group who will work on behalf of the American people to build our country back better than it was before,” said Laura Schiller, Chief of Staff. “They join a growing team that is committed to protecting the safety of workers and travelers, supporting economic recovery, ensuring racial equi...
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  • Acting Secretary Pekoske Directs TSA to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 Through the Transportation System

    Acting Secretary Pekoske Directs TSA to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 Through the Transportation System | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 31, 2021)

    Today the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security announced the issuance of a National Emergency Determination to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This determination enables TSA to implement President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel. TSA will require individuals to wear a mask at TSA screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation system. Imposing these proven public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will mitigate the safety and security threat COVID-19 poses to transportation and contribute to the overall national effort to reduce the transmission of the disease.
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  • CDC Requires Wearing of Face Masks while on Public Transportation and at Transportation Hubs

    CDC Requires Wearing of Face Masks while on Public Transportation and at Transportation Hubs | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: January 30, 2021)

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in the United States, CDC is implementing provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel and will require the wearing of masks by all travelers into, within, or out of the United States, e.g., on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares. The mask requirement also applies to travelers in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus, and subway stations; and any other areas that provide transportation. Transportation operators must require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation...
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  • Statement from the U.S. Department of Transportation on President Joseph R. Biden’s Made-In-America Executive Order

    Statement from the U.S. Department of Transportation on President Joseph R. Biden’s Made-In-America Executive Order | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: January 25, 2021) Monday, January 25, 2021 - - The Department of Transportation is a strong supporter of Buy American and we applaud President Biden for taking bold action today to ensure our future is made in America -- and by American workers. The crises we face have created an opportunity to build back our economy better than before, and President Biden’s executive order will empower us to be a central force in our country’s recovery. We look forward to implementing President Biden’s Made in America executive order that will ensure transportation-related capital purchases, equipment, and supplies are acquired when available. In addition, we will also ensure that the President’s strong support of the Jones Act is realized so that onl...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Biden Appointees Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Biden Appointees Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: January 21, 2021) Washington - - Today, the Biden Administration announced key members of its U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) leadership, many of whom are already at work in the opening days of the new Administration. This diverse and experienced team will bring unique perspective and vast expertise to the job. This group will help USDOT civil servants already hard at work on behalf of the American people advance President Biden’s agenda to build our country back better. With the safety of the traveling public and America’s workers at the center of its mission, the team will work toward economic recovery, racial equity, and combating climate change. “This experienced team looks forward to getting right to work on behalf of the American ...
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  • NTSB Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion | site |




    (Information contained in National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] press release dated: January 12, 2021)

    Washington (Jan. 12, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued 14 safety recommendations during a board meeting held Tuesday in which the agency determined the probable cause for the Feb. 23, 2018, natural gas explosion in a Dallas, TX, home. One person died and four others were injured in the explosion at 3534 Espanola Drive, that caused major structural damage to the one-story residence. The NTSB determined that the ignition of an accumulation of natural gas that leaked from the gas main that was damaged during a sewer replacement project 23 years earlier, led to the explosion. Atmos Energy Corporation failed to detect the leak when responding to related incidents at two other homes on th...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Draft Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation

    U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Draft Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) this week published a draft of its first Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation (Accessibility Strategic Plan), a noteworthy step in making America’s transportation system more accessible for all travelers. The draft Accessibility Strategic Plan is available for public review and comment, and will be announced this month in the Federal Register. “This first-of-its-kind Accessibility Strategic Plan creates a unified vision for the Department to achieve access and mobility for all in transportation,” said Acting U.S. Secretary of Transportation Steven Bradbury. The draft Accessibility Strategic Plan reflects ongoing and future initiatives across the DOT’s operating a...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan

    U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: January 11, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation (the Department) today released the Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan (AVCP). The AVCP lays out the Department’s robust multimodal strategy to promote collaboration and transparency, modernize the regulatory environment, and prepare the transportation system for the safe integration of Automated Driving Systems (ADS). The AVCP prioritizes safety while preparing for the future of transportation. “This comprehensive plan lays out a vision for the safe integration of automated vehicles into America’s transportation system while ensuring that legitimate concerns about safety, security, and privacy are addressed,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The AVCP illustrates how the Department’s work...
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  • National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles

    National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Transportation Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 8, 2021)


    January 8, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking public comment on the draft Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles (2020 Best Practices) it submitted to the Federal Register for publication today. This is an update to the existing best practices document that was published in 2016, and describes NHTSA’s nonbinding guidance to the automotive industry for improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety. “Vehicle cybersecurity has high stakes,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The safety and security of everyone on our roads depend on it. We have learned a great deal in the past...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Research Topics for Upcoming Small Business Innovation Research Program Solicitation

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Research Topics for Upcoming Small Business Innovation Research Program Solicitation | site |


    Six Department Operating Administrations are expected to issue a total of 13 topics for this year’s SBIR Solicitation, totaling $1.9 million


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: January 7, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation (the Department) has issued its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program Fiscal Year 2021 pre-solicitation to provide a preview of the 13 topics expected to be featured in this year’s solicitation. The pre-solicitation also includes an opportunity to submit questions via the Department’s SBIR Q&A website. Information on the proposed topics and how to participate in the Q&A can be found here. “Small businesses are responsible for two-thirds of net new jobs created in America; this small busin
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Over 41 Million Dollars in Awards for Innovative Technologies

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Over $41 Million in Awards for Innovative Technologies to Improve Transportation Mobility and Access for Persons with Disabilities | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: January 6, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Trump Administration will award more than $41 million to 15 teams in 15 states through two Department of Transportation design challenges to improve transportation access to persons with disabilities and individuals with mobility challenges.


    “These exciting projects support the development of new innovative, inclusive, and affordable transportation technologies that address mobility and access challenges,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

    The Department awarded over $38 million to 5 awardees through its Complete Trip - ITS4US Deployment
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities | site |



    Would improve access to rental cars, simplify transportation of wheelchairs and power scooters


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release dated: December 28, 2020)

    December 28, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today proposed a rule to expand mobility for people with disabilities. This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would allow two new modifications for adaptive equipment. “This rule will make it easier for individuals with disabilities to achieve greater mobility and freedom in their lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The first proposed change would allow rental car companies to disable temporarily a driver’s knee bolster air bag to install hand con...
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    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine | site |



    Update Provides Alternative Temperature for Transportation and Temporary Storage for Frozen Vials Before Dilution


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is allowing undiluted frozen vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be transported and stored at conventional temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers for a period of up to two weeks. This reflects an alternative to the preferred storage of the undiluted vials in an ultra-low temperature freezer between -80ºC to -60ºC (-112ºF to -76ºF). The change is being reflected in updates to the Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers)....
    02-26-2021, 07:08 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces FY 2021 Round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant Program
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces FY 2021 Round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 17, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today announced it is seeking applicants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. INFRA grants will fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration’s priorities including creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology, and explicitly addressing climate change and racial equity. The funding available for this year’s grants totals approximately $889 million. The Department recognizes the role that infrastructure investment plays in economic development and job creation, and the a...
    02-26-2021, 04:39 AM
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Highlights Biden Administration’s Support for Transportation Workers and Additional COVID-19 Relief Funding
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Highlights Biden Administration’s Support for Transportation Workers and Additional COVID-19 Relief Funding | site |



    Meets with leaders from Amtrak, and local transit agencies, as well as front line transit and rail workers at Union Station


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 5, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with Amtrak and transit officials as well as front line transit and rail workers at Union Station, where he discussed the importance of the recently announced federal mask requirements for public transportation employees and users to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and highlighted the Biden Administration’s support for additional COVID-19 relief funding for public transportation.



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    02-10-2021, 05:52 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Additional Biden Appointees
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Additional Biden Appointees "Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People"| site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 2, 2021)


    Washington - - Today, the Biden Administration announced additional key members of its U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) team who are joining the Department this week. This diverse and experienced group will join with USDOT civil servants and other appointees already hard at work on behalf of the American people to advance President Biden’s agenda to build our country back better. “We welcome this experienced group who will work on behalf of the American people to build our country back better than it was before,” said Laura Schiller, Chief of Staff. “They join a growing team that is committed to protecting the safety of workers and travelers, supporting economic recovery, ensuring racial equi...
    02-03-2021, 09:03 AM
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    Acting Secretary Pekoske Directs TSA to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 Through the Transportation System
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Acting Secretary Pekoske Directs TSA to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 Through the Transportation System | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 31, 2021)

    Today the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security announced the issuance of a National Emergency Determination to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This determination enables TSA to implement President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel. TSA will require individuals to wear a mask at TSA screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation system. Imposing these proven public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will mitigate the safety and security threat COVID-19 poses to transportation and contribute to the overall national effort to reduce the transmission of the disease.
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    02-01-2021, 06:46 AM

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