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Public Roads - March/April 2001

Celebrating National Transportation Week May 13-19, 2001

"It is most appropriate that we take one week each year to celebrate the achievements that we have made in transportation and at the same time reflect on the challenges that lie ahead. National Transportation Week affords us an excellent opportunity to share this message with the American people and to work together across modes to look at our future."
- U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta (March 13, 2001)

Every year for the past 44 years, our nation has recognized the importance of our national transportation system to our national security and economic well-being with a special day or (since 1962) week. In accordance with a joint resolution of Congress, the week that includes the third Friday in May is designated National Transportation Week (NTW). NTW provides opportunities for the transportation community to join together to promote greater public awareness of the importance and benefits of transportation and to encourage youth to consider transportation-related careers.

This year, more than 100 events will be held across the country to celebrate NTW. These events include a reception for members of Congress, the official opening of Interstate 15 in Utah, and transportation "career days" in schools throughout the nation. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is sponsoring an event at the National Press Club and has invited former secretaries of transportation to attend. The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a program, including equipment displays and exhibits, for 700 school children in Maryland.

In addition, DOT's Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program will sponsor a number of events and outreach programs for young people. This year, about 300 elementary schools will participate in the NTW poster contest for fifth graders. Prizes will be awarded to three winning artists and their schools for the best posters based on the theme of "Transportation - It Keeps America Moving."

If you want to be involved in NTW, visit schools during NTW and talk about careers in transportation, organize civic functions recognizing NTW and transportation's role in the community, or include NTW 2001 information and events on your organization's Web site.

For more information about NTW 2001, visit, or call toll-free at (877) 558-6874.