I continue to be concerned about the impacts of the Feb 3 train derailment near East Palestine, OH, and the effects on families in the ten days since their lives were upended through no fault of their own. It’s important that families have access to useful & accurate information:
USDOT has been supporting the investigation led by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Our Federal Rail Administration and Pipelines and Hazardous Materials teams were onsite within hours of the initial incident and continue to be actively engaged.
We will look to these investigation results & based on them, use all relevant authorities to ensure accountability and continue to support safety.
In the meantime, our Federal partners at EPA are onsite and monitoring indoor and outdoor air quality to test for VOCs and other chemicals of concern.
EPA has screened 291 homes and no detections were identified – and 181 homes remain. To request screening, call 330-849-3919. For more information, visit: response.epa.gov/site/site_prof…

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Feb 14
In the wake of the East Palestine derailment and its impact on hundreds of residents, we’re seeing lots of newfound or renewed (and welcome) interest in our work on rail safety, so I wanted to share more about what we’ve been doing in this area:
We are making historic investments on rail safety through funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, work that accelerates this year and continue in the years to come.
In June we announced $120 million in grants to help improve railway safety: progressiverailroading.com/federal_legisl…
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Dec 29, 2022
Earlier this year, we secured written agreements from US carriers (including Southwest) for better customer service for stranded passengers. Now we will hold them accountable to these commitments.
Southwest’s cancellations this week are not weather related. Because of that, they are required to cover not only the costs of your ticket, but costs of meals, transportation, and hotels when you are stranded. Know your rights and what you are owed👇 transportation.gov/airconsumer/ai… Commitments for Controllable DelaysCommitments for Controllable Cancellations
During this breakdown in service, Southwest has promised it will reimburse travelers for alternate forms of transportation which includes coach class flights taken on other airlines.
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Jul 2, 2022
Sometimes an airline will offer you points or miles as compensation, but you are entitled to a cash refund when your flight is canceled.

When deciding whether to accept miles, it’s helpful to know their value, which varies, but often is estimated at 1 to 1.5 cents per mile.
For example, my connecting flight got canceled last night. At first, the airline offered 2500 miles, which I estimate is worth about 30 bucks.

But I claimed the refund for the canceled portion instead, and it worked out to be $112.07.
Airlines offer miles as compensation for some travel issues, and you can often negotiate on this. That’s between you and the airline.

But you are entitled to cash refunds for canceled flights - that’s a requirement that we will continue to enforce.
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Jan 27, 2022
"There's a crisis on our roadways.

3,000 people die every month. During the pandemic, it's gotten worse.

We would never tolerate this on any other mode of transportation, and we shouldn't here.

@USDOT is launching a plan🧵"
Our National Roadway Safety Strategy is America's brand new comprehensive plan to significantly reduce injuries and deaths on our roadways.
There are many factors that contribute to a deadly crash.

Our strategy protects people from multiple angles—including the safety of our vehicles, the design of our roads, and speeds that make sense for communities.
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Dec 31, 2021
As we head into 2022, I'm proud of the @USDOT team and the results this administration has delivered this year 🧵
When @POTUS took office, our transportation industry was still reeling from the pandemic. Jobs and transportation access were at stake.

The American Rescue Plan helped us keep the country moving.
It was an enormous relief to hear some of the stories coming from the transit, rail, and aviation industries about the jobs and critical services saved by the Rescue Plan.
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Dec 21, 2021
The administration announced actions to increase trucking capacity to meet the unprecedented demand for the movement of goods. Here’s why it's urgent 🧵
Trucking employment is 1% below where it was at the start of 2019. And this trend actually started *before* the pandemic.
But not all trucking is the same.

Local truck driving (ex: delivery trucks) employment has exploded. But long-haul truck driving is lagging. This is where we have the most work to do.
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