Safety & Security

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The first goal of any transportation agency is safety. Yet almost 40,000 Americans die on the transportation system every year. New proposals for safer streets, better vehicle design, and crash avoidance technology are reshaping the narrative around safety in an effort to reverse the downward trend of transportation safety. Governments are also concerned about the security of the system. Terrorism, hacking, and international affairs can threaten the transportation systems that support the national economy.

Biden Signs Transportation Mask Mandate, but USDOT Must Actually Implement It

Yesterday, President Biden signed a new executive order directing federal agencies to "require masks to be worn in compliance with CDC...

Railroads Successfully Implement Positive Train Control Technology Two Days Before Extended Deadline

The railroad industry can finally rest easy after the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)  announced the successful implementation...

Last COVID Bill of 2020 Gives An Additional $45 Billion to Transportation

The final major legislation to be passed by Congress in 2020 contained another $0.9 trillion in COVID-related fiscal relief spread...

TSA, Coast Guard Get Increases in Final FY21 Appropriations Package

Division F of the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2021 provides year-long funding for the Department of Homeland Security,...

Year-End Funding Bill Creates New Requirements for Aircraft Certification

As part of the massive omnibus funding bill passed by Congress yesterday, which contains the second round of COVID relief money,...

Text of Bipartisan COVID Relief Bill Finally Introduced

The bipartisan group of federal legislators who have been working on a compromise COVID-19 relief bill for weeks finally released the...

One More Week to Go on Omnibus, COVID Negotiations

A possible government shutdown starting tonight was averted this afternoon when the Senate agreed to a one-week continuing resolution...

Bipartisan Offer May Be the Needed Breakthrough on COVID Relief Talks

After the collapse of the daily COVID relief talks between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin a...

Mammoth Defense Bill Contains Coast Guard, Maritime, Airport Provisions

Last night, House and Senate negotiators on the annual national defense authorization bill released the final version of this year's...

Omnibus Appropriations, COVID Aid Top Lame-Duck Agenda

As absentee and provisional ballots continue to be counted, it appears as of this writing (2:15 p.m. Nov. 6) that Joe Biden will expand...

COVID Stimulus Talks Reach Ignominious End (Finally)

For the last several weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have continued to negotiate the...

Hopes for Pre-Election COVID Stimulus Dim (But Refuse to Die)

Talks between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on an additional round of federal COVID stimulus...

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