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US DOT History

A guide to the history of the US Department of Transportation


Welcome to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s historical website! Using the navigation panel on the left of the screen, you will find information about the history of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), biographical sketches of the Secretaries of Transportation, the names and dates of service of administrative leaders of the various modes (agencies), a chronology of dates significant to the history of the DOT, links to the historical collections held at the National Transportation Library, and other useful links.


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