United States Department of Transportation

United States Department of Transportation

Infobox Government agency
agency_name = United States Department of Transportation
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seal_width = 120 px
seal_caption = Seal of the Department of Transportation
formed = April 1, 1967
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jurisdiction = United States of America
headquarters = Washington, D.C.
employees = 58,622
budget = $58 billion USD
minister1_name =
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chief1_name = Mary Peters
chief1_position = Secretary
chief2_name = Vice Admiral Thomas J. Barrett, USCG (Ret.)
chief2_position = Deputy Secretary
parent_agency =
child1_agency = Federal Aviation Administration
child2_agency = Federal Highway Administration
child3_agency = Federal Railroad Administration
child4_agency = Federal Transit Administration
child5_agency = Maritime Administration
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website = http://www.dot.gov
footnotes = [ [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/02/20070222-6.html Personnel Announcement ] ]
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transportation. It was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966 and began operation on April 1, 1967. It is administered by the United States Secretary of Transportation.

Its mission is to "Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future."

History

Prior to the Department of Transportation, the under secretary of commerce for transportation. In 1965 Najeeb Halaby, administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency, suggested to Lyndon Baines Johnson that transportation be elevated to a cabinet-level post, and that the FAA be folded into the DOT.

Divisions

*Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
*Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
*Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
*Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
*Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
*Maritime Administration (MARAD)
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
*Office of Climate Change and Environment
*Office of Inspector General
*Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)
*Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
*Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)
*Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)
*Surface Transportation Board (STB)

Former divisions

*Transportation Security Administration - transferred to Department of Homeland Security in 2003
*United States Coast Guard - transferred to Department of Homeland Security in 2003

Related legislation

*1806 - Cumberland Road
*1862 - Pacific Railway Act
*1887 - Interstate Commerce Act
*1916 - Adamson Railway Labor Act
*1935 - Motor Carrier Act
*1946 - Federal Airport Act PL 79-377
*1950 - Federal Aid to Highway PL 81-769
*1954 - Saint Lawrence Seaway Act
*1956 - Federal-Aid to Highway/Interstate Highway Act PL 84-627
*1957 - Airways Modernization Act PL 85-133
*1958 - Transportation Act PL 85-625
*1958 - Federal Aviation Act PL 85-726
*1959 - Airport Construction Act PL 86-72
*1964 - Urban Mass Transportation Act PL 88-365
*1965 - Highway Beautification Act PL 89-285
*1966 - Department of Transportation established PL 89-670
Uniform Time Act
*1970 - Urban Mass Transportation Act PL 91-453
*1970 - Rail Passenger Service Act PL 91-518
*1970 - Airport and Airway Development Act PL 91-258
*1973 - Federal Aid Highway Act PL 93-87
*1973 - Amtrak Improvement Act PL 93-146
*1973 - Federal Aid Highway Act PL 93-87
*1974 - National Mass Transportation Assistance Act PL 93-503
*1976 - Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act PL 94-210
*1976 - Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act PL 94-435
*1978 - Airline Deregulation Act PL 95-504
*1980 - Motor Carrier Act PL 96-296
*1980 - Staggers Rail Act PL 96-448
*1982 - Transportation Assistance Act PL 97-424
*1982 - Bus Regulatory Reform Act PL 97-261
*1987 - Surface Transportation Act PL 100-17
*1991 - Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act PL 102-240
*1998 - Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century PL 105-178
*2000 - Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century PL 106-181
*2002 - Homeland Security Act (PL 107-296)
*2005 - (PL 109-59)

See also

* Advanced transportation controller
* National Transportation Safety Board
* Passenger vehicles in the United States
* United States

External links

* [http://www.dot.gov/ United States Department of Transportation Official Website.]
* [http://dotlibrary.dot.gov/Historian/historian.htm United States Department of Transportation - Office of the Historian.]
* [http://thefederalregister.com/b.p/department/DEPARTMENT_OF_TRANSPORTATION/ Unites States Federal Register.]

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