I really can’t say enough good things about the men and women who keep the Department of Transportation engine firing on all pistons. These professionals are among the best, and--when I have the opportunity to visit a DOT field office--it is a privilege to meet them and see the work they do.
Last week, while in Utah, I met several men and women who work for DOT on highways, trucks, and aviation. The pride they feel about their work was evident as they shared stories of their recent accomplishments.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration workers in Utah are rightfully proudd of their strong safety record. They have seen a steady decline in total fatalities since 2007, and an overall reduction in large truck and bus fatalities since 1997. Their dedication to safe and efficient trucking practices has helped Utah keep its economy up and running, and helped keep the Beehive State’s highways safe.
Visiting the Salt Lake City Air Route Traffic Control Center was also a special treat. Employees here are on the cutting edge of the Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen efforts. The facility is among the first to run the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) project, which has been successfully operating since mid-October.
The DOT professionals I met in Utah last week are outstanding, and I am grateful for their consistent hard work and the skills they demonstrate every day.
So, to everyone in the Utah facilities, THANKS! for inviting me into your workplaces and sharing a little bit of what you do. Your efforts are a fine example of DOT working to keep America moving.