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US DOT History

A guide to the history of the US Department of Transportation

Speeches by Secretaries of Transportation (1960s-2000s) are currently being processed and will soon be available online. 

Icon for the Civil Aeronautics Regulations collection Civil Aeronautics Regulations

Digitized copies of United States “Civil Aeronautics Regulations” reports, dating from 1930 to 1968. Regulation reports are searchable by part number and date of publication.

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Icon for FTA 50th Anniversary collection  FTA 50th Anniversary Collection

This collection contains about 500 documents gathered and digitized in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Urban Mass Transportation Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 to achieve, in his words, "better systems for getting our people to work and home again—and getting them there with speed and safety and economy and comfort." Reports in this collection range from approximately 1947-2001.  Bookmark this collection:

A brief history of mass transit in the U.S. is available at

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  Investigations of Aircraft Accidents 1934-1965


Digitized copies of United States "Civil Aeronautics Board Aircraft Accident Reports," dating from 1934 to 1965. Incident reports are searchable by airline name (at time of incident), site of incident, and date of incident.

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Icon for Investigations of Railroad Accidents collection Investigations of Railroad Accidents 1911 - 1993

Digitized copies of the United States Interstate Commerce Commission railroad accident reports, dating from 1911 to 1993. Incident reports are searchable by site of incident and date of incident.

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 Papers by Fairbank,Turner and MacDonald


Digitized copies of papers by Herbert S. Fairbank, Frank Turner and Thomas Harris MacDonald. Papers include manuscripts, presentations, speeches and articles.

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Public Roads Magazine Public Roads Magazine

Public Roads is the quarterly magazine of the Federal Highway Administration. Now published in digital format, this collection represents print volumes published from 1918 until 1994. New issues are available here:

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