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News U.S. DOT August 01, 2002
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta is asking individuals and groups across the country to take advantage of a new online service to express their opinions and offer ideas as the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) prepares its proposal to Congress on reauthorization of the nation's surface transportation programs.

For the first time ever, U.S. DOT is providing an Internet-based site for individuals and groups to go online and submit comments, ideas and analysis regarding reauthorization. The department also encourages written comments to be submitted.

"As we develop new proposals for our surface transportation program, we want to hear from our state and local partners, the private sector and all those who are interested in meeting the transportation challenges of tomorrow," said Mineta. "The new website and the traditional vehicles we have provided will enable stakeholders and citizens everywhere to submit ideas and comments, which will be valuable resources as we move forward with the reauthorization process."

U.S. DOT also has produced a brochure that provides a message from Mineta, a list of TEA-21 accomplishments and the department's core principles for reauthorization as well as information on participation by individuals and groups in helping to shape these surface transportation programs.

People wishing to submit comments online can do so by logging on to and clicking on "Surface Transportation Reauthorization." Written comments may be sent to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT, Room PL-401, Docket No. OST-2002-12170, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590. To order a copy of the brochure write to: Public Affairs, Room 10416, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington D.C. 20590.

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