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Posts Tagged ‘Secretary of Transportation’

Guest on The Infra Blog: Norman Mineta, Former US Secretary of Transportation

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Secretary Norman Y. Mineta founded the Mineta Transportation Institute, which is part of the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San José State University in San José, Calif. He is an internationally recognized expert in transportation policy, with many distinguished accomplishments in transportation and business. Currently he is vice chair of Hill & Knowlton Global […]

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Six U.S. Transportation Secretaries Discuss Past and Future Challenges

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Speaking to a standing-room-only audience on January 25 at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, six U.S. transportation secretaries reminisced about the most challenging issues they faced during their tenures and offered their views about the future prospects for the federal transportation program.

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Ray LaHood Bikes to Work

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Ray LaHood Bikes to Work from Jay Mallin on Vimeo. Ray LaHood, U.S. secretary of transportation, does his own “Bike to Work Day” with DoT employees.

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Integrated Transit Systems on the East Coast

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

“As I’ve written about many times before, innovative transportation planning can help improve communities and increase opportunities for residents and businesses. Two newly completed projects will help the people of Rhode Island experience these benefits firsthand…Taken together, these projects add up to an integrated transportation system that offers travelers in Rhode Island and the Boston metropolitan area a seamless way to move from trains to buses to planes to cars…And it was made possible because of smart investments at the federal, state, and local level.”
-Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, via Fast Lane

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Obama’s $50 Billion Infrastructure Proposal

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

“Today, the average American household is forced to spend more on transportation each year than food. Our roads, clogged with traffic, cost us $80 billion a year in lost productivity and wasted fuel. Our airports, choked with passengers, cost nearly $10 billion a year in productivity losses from flight delays. And in some cases, our crumbling infrastructure costs American lives. It should not take another collapsing bridge or failing levee to shock us into action.”
-President Barack Obama

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THINKING AHEAD: High-Speed Rail in Southern California

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
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Just as the Interstate Highway System transformed the way Americans live and where they work, high-speed rail has the same transformative potential. In the arena of transportation, it is a disruptive technology, with the power – as LaHood noted – to reshape entire regions and communities in a more sustainable manner. Southern California will be ground zero for this transformation: of the seven corridor segments identified in the California High Speed Rail Authority business plan, Los Angeles to Anaheim is currently the most advanced in the planning and environmental review process, and could see limited service commence as early as 2017.

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Transportation TV: 10,000 Recovery Projects Underway

Monday, June 28th, 2010

President Obama holds a news conference to break ground on the 10,000th Recovery highway project. We’ll take you to Ohio, for the big event. This week also marks the first anniversary of the tragic METRO Rail crash near the nation’s Capitol. Several U.S. Senators held a news conference calling for tough, federal regulation of the nation’s transit systems. We’ll also tell you about a memorial service held to remember the nine victims who died in last year when the two METRO trains collided. And several members of Congress took a ride with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood this week, down Pennsylvania Avenue.

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U.S. DOT’s Strategic Plan Creates Controversy With Its Emphasis on “Livability”

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The Administration’s desire to impose its own vision of how Americans should live and travel represents a stubborn and in the end futile gesture. The gesture is futile for, as generations of political appointees before them have discovered, policies that do not resonate with the majority of Americans seldom survive after their authors have left office.

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Two Bold Predictions

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Two bold predictions concerning the future of the federal surface transportation program have caught our eye in recent days. Both have come from respected veterans of the transportation scene so they cannot be lightly dismissed as speculations of some anonymous bloggers.

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US Senate Action Fuels Infra Expenditures

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

“With $15 billion of investments, it unleashes tens of billions of dollars more in infrastructure – to build the infrastructure for the future in terms of how it unleashes funds from the highway trust fund.”
-Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Speaker

“One proven way to create good jobs in America is to build and maintain transportation infrastructure. By also authorizing the Highway Trust Fund through the end of 2010, this bill guarantees that states will be able to continue doing just that.”
-Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

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