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Department of Transportation.

The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta

Secretary of Transportation

Mr. Kirk K. Vantine, Acting Deputy Sec. of Transp.

(202) 366-2222

Mr. Jeff Shane, Under Secretary for Policy

(202) 366-5781

Mr. Emil H. Frankel, Asst Secretary for Transp. Policy

(202) 366-5781

DOT Administrations:

Ms. Marion C. Blakey, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Ms. Mary Peters, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration

Ms. Annette M. Sandberg, Acting Administrator

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Mr. Allan Rutter, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration

Ms. Jennifer L. Dorn, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration

CAPT William G. Schubert, Administrator, Maritime Administration

Mr. Samuel G. Bonasso, Acting Administrator

Research and Special Programs Administration

Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge, Administrator

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Mr. Rick Kowalewski, Acting Director

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Mr. Richard Biter, Deputy Director, Office of Intermodalism

Mr. Kenneth M. Mead, Inspector General, Office of Inspector General

Mr. Albert S. Jacques, Admin., Saint Lawrence Seaway Dev. Corp.

Vision

A visionary and vigilant Department of Transportation leading the way to transportation excellence in the 21st Century.

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Mission

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.

DOT Strategic Goals

Safety: Promote the public health and safety by working toward the elimination of transportation-related deaths, injuries, and property damage.

Mobility: Shape America's future by ensuring a transportation system that is accessible, integrated, and efficient, and offers flexibility of choices.

Economic Growth and Trade: Advance America's economic growth and competitiveness domestically and internationally through efficient and flexible transportation.

Human and Natural Environment: Protect and enhance communities and the natural environment affected by transportation.

National Security: Advance the nation's vital security interests in support of national strategies such as the National Security Strategy and National Drug Control Strategy by ensuring that the transportation system is secure and available for defense mobility and that our borders are free from illegal intrusion.

Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) 47,000 employees are responsible for issuing and enforcing regulations to ensure the safety of America's airways. They set standards and guidelines for air traffic controllers, pilots, aircraft manufacturers, air carriers, and airports.

Federal Highway Administration

The administration's Transportation Studies Division works with the US Army Corps of Engineers Water Support Center, as does the Bridge Division with its National Bridge Inspection Program. The Structures Division has an agreement with the Navy to develop two new high-performance steel grades for use in highway bridge construction.

The Intermodal and Statewide Programs Division works with MTMC's Engineering Agency to identify the Strategic Highway Network (STRAHNET) and connectors that serve major military installations and in implementing 16-foot vertical clearances on the Interstate System.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responsible for reducing the number and severity of large truck-involved crashes through more commercial motor-vehicle (CMV) and driver inspections and carrier-compliance reviews, stronger enforcement, expedited completion rules, sound research, and effective commercial driver's-license (CDL) testing, record keeping and sanctions.

Federal Railroad Administration

Since the mid-1970's, the DoT through FRA and DoD, through MTMC, have coordinated their efforts in designating rail lines important to national defense. A Strategic Rail Corridor Network system of high density mainlines important to national defense was designated jointly by MTMC/FRA.

FRA inspectors routinely inspect lines on major strategic routes and provide periodic reports on conditions of defense-essential rail lines to MTMC. In addition, the FRA continues to operate its geometry car on strategic routes to ensure compliance with federal track safety standards.

Federal Transit Administration

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) manages a program of financial assistance to public agencies at the state and local level that operate systems of mass transportation. In recent years, the FTA's annual appropriation has been slightly in excess of $4 billion. Most of these federal resources are used for capital investment in transit infrastructure. FTA funds also support on-going programs of transportation planning at the state and local level, as well as research and development into promising new technologies and techniques.

Maritime Administration

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) administers federal laws and guidelines that foster and maintain a United States merchant marine capable of meeting the nation's shipping needs for domestic and international waterborne commerce and national security.

MARAD seeks to ensure a globally safe and environmentally sound marine transportation system that improves the worldwide competitiveness and national security of the United States.

MARAD also promotes the use of US-flag vessels, manages the Maritime Security Program, oversees an active reserve of ships in the Ready Reserve Force, maintains an inactive inventory of ships in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, and ensures a pool of highly skilled merchant marine officers and seafarers through its operation of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.

In addition, the Agency has increased its focus on logistics, ports, intermodalism, environmental activities and international trade practices.

Research and Special Programs Administration

The mission of RSPA is to make America's transportation system more integrated, effective and secure by conducting and fostering cross-cutting research and special programs to enhance the quality of life, safety, the environment and the economic well-being of all Americans.

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

NHTSA's mission is to reduce deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes by setting and enforcing safety standards for motor vehicles.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, authorized in ISTEA and created in 1992, compiles, analyzes, and releases transportation related data, in print and via CD-ROM and its internet site, www.bts.gov.

Office of Intermodalism

As part of the Office of the Secretary, the Office of Intermodalism provides a senior-level focal point within the Department to foster intermodal approaches and solutions to transportation concerns. It seeks to assure that passengers and freight are able to move in an integrated fashion over the nation's transportation systems, whether surface, air, or water.

The Office seeks to improve communication and coordination with all of the interests involved in interstate and international transportation--public and private sector.

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