On Monday, the United States Department of Transportation held the first meeting of its newly created Safety Council. The council was formed in order to formally address safety issues that affect all 10 of the DOT’s operating administrations.
“Now is the time to identify and address the top safety issues that cut across our agencies,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “The council will take our commitment to safety, which is our highest priority, to the next level.”
LaHood says that prior to him taking office, many of the agencies within the DOT were pursuing the same safety initiatives without a formal process for sharing data, strategies, and best practices. He created the Safety Council to fill the role of broad leadership and to serve an organizational function to create a more strong and cohesive culture of safety within the department. The council’s goals are to further enhance the DOT’s focus on safety and to improve the effectiveness and impact of the department’s safety programs.
Chaired by Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari, the Safety Council is comprised of the heads of DOT’s 10 agencies: the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the Maritime Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
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