The Department of Transportation was founded by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, and began operating on April 1, 1967.
Seal of the Department of Transportation
The current Head of the Department of Transportation is Elaine L. Chao.
50th Anniversary of the Department of Transportation and the Homecoming of secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The Department of Transportation is one of the federal executive branches which is responsible for The National highways, The National railroad and Airline safety. There mission 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 the quality of life of the American people, today and in the future."Under the Department of Transportation they have established 11 administrations whose jobs include highway planning, development, and construction, for the urban mass transit,the railroads, and the safety of ports, highways, and oil and gas pipelines. All decisions made by the department are in conjunction with appropriate state and local officials. They can also take part in other programs such as land planning, energy conservation, scarce resource utilization, and technological change. The secretary of the Department of Transportation is the principal adviser to the president in all matters relating to federal transportation programs. The secretary who is Elaine L. Chao administers the department with the assistance of a deputy secretary of transportation, an associate deputy secretary, the assistant secretaries, a general counsel, the inspector general, and several directors and chairpersons.
The Head location of the Department of Transportation is in New Jersey.