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The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or just DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the United Statesmarker 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."


Prior to the Department of Transportation, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation administered the functions now associated with the DOT. In 1965, Najeeb Halaby, administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency, suggested to President Lyndon Johnson that transportation be elevated to a cabinet-level post, and that the FAA be folded into the DOT.


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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award $742.5 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to 11 transit projects. The awardees include light rail projects . Other projects include both a commuter rail extension and a subway project in New York City, New York, and a bus rapid transit system in Springfield, Oregonmarker. The funds will also support a heavy rail project in northern Virginia that will mainly benefit Washington, D.C., connecting the Washington Dulles International Airport to the "Metro" rail system operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

President Barack Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2010 also includes $1.83 billion in funding for major transit projects, of which more than $600 million will go towards 10 new or expanding transit projects. The proposed budget provides additional funding for all of the projects currently receiving Recovery Act funding, except for the bus rapid transit project. It also continues funding for another 18 transit projects that are either currently under construction or soon will be.

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