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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients

    U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients | site |



    Nineteen U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 to research and develop innovative solutions to our nation’s transportation challenges


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Washington - – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that 19 U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I awards stemming from the Fiscal Year 2021 Phase I Solicitation announced earlier this year. Each year, the SBIR Program awards contracts to small businesses across the country to spur research and commercialization of innovative transportation technologies. A full list of this year’s Phase I awardees is available here. From coast to coast, small busin...
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces 1.69 Billion Dollars for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $1.69 Billion for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration press release dated: April 27, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg today announced that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than $1.69 billion available to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19 to the company’s business operations, workforce, and state funding partners. The funding is provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. “Help is here. The President’s American Rescue Plan is already delivering for workers and the traveling public,” said Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This new assistance for Amtrak will get employees back to work and restore service on routes across the country, at a time ...
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  • USDOT Details Ongoing Efforts to Help Mitigate Potential Impacts of the Colonial Pipeline Disruption

    U.S. Department of Transportation Details Ongoing Efforts to Help Mitigate Potential Impacts of the Colonial Pipeline Disruption | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation [USDOT] press release dated: May 11, 2021)


    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - - The Biden-Harris Administration is continually assessing the impact of the ongoing Colonial Pipeline incident on fuel supplies for the East Coast and is monitoring reported shortages in parts of the Southeast. This ongoing effort includes evaluating resources the federal government can mobilize to mitigate potential impacts.

    As part of this process, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has started the work needed to enable consideration of a temporary and targeted waiver of the Jones Act.

    Today, USDOT’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) initiated a survey of Jones Act-qualified vessels to begin the process of evaluating what assets are available in the
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Up to 448 Million Dollars Loan for the 183A Phase III, 183S, and 290E Phase III Road Projects in Austin

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Up to $448 Million Loan for the 183A Phase III, 183S, and 290E Phase III Road Projects in Austin | site |



    Refinancing Projected to Save Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority More Than $80 Million


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: March 2, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau (the Bureau) has provided an up to $448.38 million consolidated Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) for tollway projects in the Austin, Texas metropolitan area. This is the first TIFIA loan to be closed under the Biden Administration. This TIFIA loan will finance a new project and refinance and replace two current loans that the Bureau provided to CTRMA for t...
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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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    U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients | site |



    Nineteen U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 to research and develop innovative solutions to our nation’s transportation challenges


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Washington - – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that 19 U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I awards stemming from the Fiscal Year 2021 Phase I Solicitation announced earlier this year. Each year, the SBIR Program awards contracts to small businesses across the country to spur research and commercialization of innovative transportation technologies. A full list of this year’s Phase I awardees is available here. From coast to coast, small busin...
    05-14-2021, 02:53 AM
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces 1.69 Billion Dollars for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $1.69 Billion for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration press release dated: April 27, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg today announced that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than $1.69 billion available to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19 to the company’s business operations, workforce, and state funding partners. The funding is provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. “Help is here. The President’s American Rescue Plan is already delivering for workers and the traveling public,” said Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This new assistance for Amtrak will get employees back to work and restore service on routes across the country, at a time ...
    05-13-2021, 08:39 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDOT Details Ongoing Efforts to Help Mitigate Potential Impacts of the Colonial Pipeline Disruption
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Details Ongoing Efforts to Help Mitigate Potential Impacts of the Colonial Pipeline Disruption | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation [USDOT] press release dated: May 11, 2021)


    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - - The Biden-Harris Administration is continually assessing the impact of the ongoing Colonial Pipeline incident on fuel supplies for the East Coast and is monitoring reported shortages in parts of the Southeast. This ongoing effort includes evaluating resources the federal government can mobilize to mitigate potential impacts.

    As part of this process, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has started the work needed to enable consideration of a temporary and targeted waiver of the Jones Act.

    Today, USDOT’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) initiated a survey of Jones Act-qualified vessels to begin the process of evaluating what assets are available in the
    ...
    05-11-2021, 10:30 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Up to 448 Million Dollars Loan for the 183A Phase III, 183S, and 290E Phase III Road Projects in Austin
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Up to $448 Million Loan for the 183A Phase III, 183S, and 290E Phase III Road Projects in Austin | site |



    Refinancing Projected to Save Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority More Than $80 Million


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: March 2, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau (the Bureau) has provided an up to $448.38 million consolidated Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) for tollway projects in the Austin, Texas metropolitan area. This is the first TIFIA loan to be closed under the Biden Administration. This TIFIA loan will finance a new project and refinance and replace two current loans that the Bureau provided to CTRMA for t...
    03-08-2021, 07:31 AM
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    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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, 06:08 AM

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