NACTO Conference kicks off with bold words from Sadik-Khan, LaHood

NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.(Photos © J. Maus/ The first ever conference of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) got underway on the campus of New York University this morning. The opening plenary features speeches from NACTO President and New York City DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray … Read more

Under fire for wasteful spending, LaHood suspends overseas study program

Sec. LaHood has suspended an FHWA program that sent Americans overseas to learn transportation best practices.(Photo © J. Maus) After ABC News questioned spending on a trip to Europe by American bureaucrats to study outdoor advertising practices, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has suspended all funding for the FHWA’s International Technology Scanning Program. … Read more

US DOT: Northwest leads nation to lowest level of traffic fatalities ever

“A regional breakdown showed the greatest drop [12%] in fatalities occurred in the Pacific Northwest states.”— US DOT The US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) projections show that between 2009 and 2010 traffic fatalities dropped to their lowest level in recorded history (PDF of … Read more

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BTA will host US DOT Sec Ray LaHood in Portland later this month

Sec. LaHood is coming to Portland.(Photo © J. Maus) The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has nabbed a personal visit from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. At the BTA’s request, LaHood is slated for an invite-only event that will take place in Portland on March 21st. BTA Executive Director Rob Sadowsky says they initially … Read more

USDOT: Traffic fatalities fell to record-breaking lows in 2009

Ray LaHood.(Photo © J. Maus) U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that the latest traffic data shows “major, across the board declines” in all categories of fatalities and the lowest numbers in six decades. Updated fatality and injury data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration … Read more