JFK+50: Volume 5, No. 2099DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, October 15, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law an act passed by Congress establishing the United States Department of Transportation.
The mission of the cabinet level agency is to...
"serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances that quality of life of the American people..."
The USDOT's first day of operation was on April 1, 1967. Currently it employs 55,000 persons and has an annual budget of $70 billion. The agency oversees air, maritime and surface transportation.
The Secretary of Transportation is Anthony Foxx.
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