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U.S. DOT releases draft strategic plan for public comment

News | October 24, 2017 | By:

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a draft DOT Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018–2022 for public comment. The DOT said the draft plan reflects Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s priorities for achieving DOT’s mission through four strategic goals, including some relevant to geosynthetics practitioners. The secretary’s priorities are:

  • Safety: Reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries across the transportation system
  • Infrastructure: Invest in infrastructure to ensure mobility and accessibility and to stimulate economic growth, productivity and competitiveness for American workers and businesses
  • Innovation: Lead in the development and deployment of innovative practices and technologies that improve the safety and performance of the nation’s transportation system
  • Accountability: Serve the nation with reduced regulatory burden and greater efficiency, effectiveness and accountability

To read the draft DOT Strategic Plan, visit

The DOT said it must receive all comments on or before Nov. 13, 2017. Written comments may be submitted by email or U.S. mail. The DOT encourages respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. Please include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number and email address.

Send emailed comments to Please include the full body of your comments in the text of the electronic message and as an attachment.

Send U.S. mailed comments to U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Under Secretary for Policy, Attn: Strategic Plan Comments, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590.

The DOT said it will consider all input and revise the draft DOT Strategic Plan as appropriate. The DOT anticipates that the final DOT Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018–2022 will be submitted to Congress and posted on the DOT website ( in February 2018.

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