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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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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Final Report on Forces to Flyers Initiative to Assist Military Veterans in Becoming Pilots

    U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Final Report on Forces to Flyers Initiative to Assist Military Veterans in Becoming Pilots | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: December 30, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the release of a final report on Forces to Flyers, a three-year research initiative offering interested military veterans an opportunity to earn commercial pilot’s licenses and flight instructor certifications. The report evaluates the initiative’s success in meeting project goals and provides lessons learned for future efforts to assist veterans in obtaining flight training to become airline pilots. The report also discusses pathways and opportunities for Americans seeking to become airline pilots, including flight training options. “The Forces to Flyers demonstration project has helped veterans transition from military service to good pay
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation says Drive Sober This Holiday Season, or Get Pulled Over

    U.S. Department of Transportation says Drive Sober This Holiday Season, or Get Pulled Over| site |



    USDOT’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Runs Through New Year’s Day


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: December 15, 2020)

    December 15, 2020 | Washington, DC - - At a virtual event today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration kicked off its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement campaign, reminding Americans not to drive impaired. Drivers can expect to see increased law enforcement on the road from December 18 through New Year’s Day. “There is no excuse for impaired driving and millions of reasons not to — some of whom may be passengers in your own car,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. In 2019, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities decreased by
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Names Newest FAA Management Advisory Council Members

    U.S. Department of Transportation Names Newest FAA Management Advisory Council Members | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: December 22, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the appointment of two new members and the reappointment of five current members to the Federal Aviation Administration's 13-member Management Advisory Council (MAC). The MAC advises the FAA's senior management on policy, spending, long-range planning, and regulatory matters.

    “The FAA’s MAC provides our agency with comprehensive advice from government and private industry experts to help us ensure the U.S. maintains the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world,” said FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson.

    The MAC's newest members continue to represent a cross-section of public and private sector transportation and business leaders. They include:
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Grants Final Approval of, and Antitrust Immunity for, Addition of Aer Lingus to Oneworld Transatlantic Joint Venture

    U.S. Department of Transportation Grants Final Approval of, and Antitrust Immunity for, Addition of Aer Lingus to Oneworld Transatlantic Joint Venture | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: December 21, 2020) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it has granted final approval of, and antitrust immunity for, the addition of Ireland-based Aer Lingus to the existing Oneworld transatlantic joint venture. The carriers requested antitrust immunity to include Aer Lingus in the existing joint venture consisting of American Airlines, British Airways, OpenSkies, Iberia, and Finnair. Aer Lingus will be integrated into the joint venture’s network planning, pricing, and sales activities. With Aer Lingus’ addition, the carriers are expected to expand capacity on some existing routes while introducing services on several new routes, allowing more options for travel to and from...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Launches New Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program

    U.S. Department of Transportation Launches New Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: December 16, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today launched a new demonstration program to establish several Regional Infrastructure Accelerators (Accelerators), which will expedite delivery of transportation infrastructure projects through innovative finance and delivery methods. The Department’s Build America Bureau (the Bureau) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to solicit applications to designate Accelerators that will serve defined geographic areas, act as a resource to qualified entities within the designated areas, and demonstrate the effectiveness of these Accelerators to expedite the delivery of eligible projects through Federal credit assistance programs, including Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act
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  • Treasury and IRS issue Final Regulations on the Deduction for Qualified Transportation Fringe and Commuting Expenses

    Treasury and IRS issue Final Regulations on the Deduction for Qualified Transportation Fringe and Commuting Expenses | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: December 9, 2020)

    WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations on the deduction for qualified transportation fringe and commuting expenses following changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The 2017 TCJA generally disallows deductions for qualified transportation fringe (QTF) expenses and does not allow deductions for certain expenses of transportation and commuting between an employee's residence and place of employment. These final regulations address the disallowance of the deduction for expenses related to QTFs provided to an employee of the taxpayer, including providing guidance and methodologies to determine the amount of QTF parking expenses that is nondeductible. The final regulations a
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  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Employees Receive U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary’s Award

    Saint Lawrence Seaway Employees Receive U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary’s Award | site |


    (Information contained in Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation media advisory dated: November 20, 2020)

    (Washington, DC) - U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao, honored employees from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) at the 53rd Annual Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary’s Awards Ceremony. At the virtual event held yesterday, the Secretary recognized individuals and teams across DOT who performed their duties in an exemplary manner to meet the Department’s strategic goals and accomplish its mission.

    The SLSDC was privileged to have one of its employees, Nate Jarvis, Marine Services Chief Engineer, receive the Department’s highest award, the Gold Medal. Nate was honored with this award for his outstanding efforts to ensure the completion and delivery of the SLSDC’s new tug, the Seaway Guardia
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Biden Appointees Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People
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    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 ...
    01-21-2021, 05:35 PM
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    NTSB Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion
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    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...
    01-20-2021, 04:15 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Draft Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation
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    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...
    01-19-2021, 04:13 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan
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    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...
    01-12-2021, 01:16 AM
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    National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles
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    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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