This July 4th, Transpo® Industries would like to take the time to thank the many Unites States transportation departments that are responsible for our nations' security and safety while we are traveling. Be it land, air or sea, there are many great US departments that work tirelessly to ensure our nation has no blocks on our roads to success. So, in the spirit of the red, white and blue holiday we would like to acknowledge the below departments and all their work.
United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)- This Department oversees most of the administrations on our list below. They report directly to Washington and were established by congress in 1966.
State US DOT- Each state has their own Department of Transportation division, and each state DOT focuses on the needs specific to their state. Some state DOT’s even have additional organizations created to suit their state’s unique needs.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)- The NHSTA’s sole purpose is to find ways to help ensure traffic safety by researching, setting and enforcing road safety regulations.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)- The FAA’s mission is simply to ensure US travelers have the most secure, and the most operative, air travel system in the world.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)- The FHWA oversees the planning, creation and preservation of the US’ highways, bridges and tunnels. They also undertake research projects to learn about new and innovative road safety measures.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)- One of the lessor known, but not lesser important, administrations is the FMCSA who work to reduce and prevent accidents, fatalities and damages related to commercial motor vehicles.
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)- The FRA oversees and ensures the safety of people, animals and goods traveling on or near the US railways.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)- Like the FMCSA, this administration does not see as much limelight in the news, however they are probably one of the most important administrations as they run and oversee all the US public transit systems. That includes buses, subways, commuter rails, trolleys, light rails, tramways and even ferries.
Maritime Administration (MARAD)- As it’s name would suggest, the MARAD is charged with stewardship of all waterborne transportation, and given the expansive coastlines and waterways within the United States that is a colossal undertaking.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)- This is probably the most well-known on our list, the TSA’s mission is best stated on their about us page, “… to protect the nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement.”
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) - The NTSB is an amazing and unique board that is tasked with investigating and researching causes and prevention of transportation accidents. They also do amazing work helping the victims of accidents and their families.
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