Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

The latest general information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available on For USDOT specific COVID-19 resources, please visit our page.

United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Press Releases

If you are interested in searching for press releases prior to 2021, please visit our News Archive.

FHWA Awards $18.7 Million to Eight Projects to Explore New Highway Funding Methods

FHWA 06-21
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded $18.7 million in “Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives” (STSFA) grants to eight projects, led by six state Departments of Transportation and two transportation coalitions, to test new user-based funding methods for highways and bridges. The program helps states explore innovative new ways to provide...

FHWA Announces Dates for Webinars on Proposed Updates to MUTCD

FHWA 05-21
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel.: 202-366-0660

WASHINGTON – The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced a series of webinars on proposed revisions to the “Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways” (MUTCD). This is the first proposed comprehensive update in more than a decade to a document that sets national standards for the use of traffic signs, signals and markings on all roads open to public travel in the United States.


New Freight Benchmark Shows Value and Weight of Goods Moved on America’s Transportation Network Rose Over a Five-Year Period

BTS 14-21
FHWA 05-21
Contact: BTS/Dave Smallen (202) 366-5568,
FHWA/Nancy Singer (202) 366-0660,


Note: Value comparisons are in current dollars.

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics and Federal Highway Administration, Freight Analysis Framework version 5.0.

Goods moved on America’s transportation network rose in...

U.S. Driving Last Year Was Lowest in Two Decades, New Data Show

FHWA 04-21
Contact: Doug Hecox
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – After six consecutive years of gradual increases in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released new year-end estimates showing total U.S. driving fell by 13.2% – from 3.3 trillion VMT in 2019 to 2.83 trillion in 2020. This decrease equates to an estimated reduction of nearly 170 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

“As the Biden Administration...

USDOT Announces New America's Byways® Designations

FHWA 03-21
Contact: Doug Hecox
Tel.: 202-366-0660

WASHINGTON – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials today announced 49 new designations to the America's Byways® collection, including 15 All-American Roads (AAR) and 34 National Scenic Byways (NSB) in 28 states. This increases the number of America's Byways® to 184 in 48 states.

"Through their many unique qualities, each of these new additions to the National Scenic Byways program helps America’s roads tell...

FHWA Extends Comment Period for Proposed MUTCD Updates to May 14

FHWA 02-21
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials this week extended the comment period for proposed revisions to the “Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices” (MUTCD) to May 14, 2021. The 60-day extension will allow additional time for public participation in the MUTCD’s first major update in more than 10 years.

“This important document will set the tone for the future of our transportation system...