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US DOT History

A guide to the history of the US Department of Transportation

Change log

This site was created in 8/21 by Jordan Curtis using content retrieved from Internet Archive link here.

Updated: 3/22 by M.Moulton and R. Alleman






  "[T]he Act which I sign today


is the most important transportation legislation of our lifetime ... It is  one of the essential building blocks in our preparation for the future ... Transportation has truly emerged as a significant part of our national life. As a basic force in our society, its progress must be accelerated so that the quality of our life can be improved."

President Lyndon Baines Johnson, signing the DOT Act, October 15, 1966.
(photo courtesy of the LBJ Library)

U.S. Department of Transportation Mission

To ensure America has the safest, most efficient and modern transportation system in the world, which boosts our economic productivity and global competitiveness and enhances the quality of life in communities both rural and urban. 


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