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TIN news:   US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a $98.1bn budget for the 2017 fiscal year, in order to provide additional safe and clean transportation options across the country.
The budget is a part of Foxx's 30-year vision for the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), which aims to create a traffic network that works with the evolving technology, traffic conditions and innovations.
The budget also helps the USDOT to ensure safety and integration of new technologies that can change the entire structure of transportation systems, reduce carbon emissions and save lives.
"Meeting future challenges will require a long-term vision for the transportation sector that includes more and cleaner options."
Foxx said: "Meeting future challenges will require a long-term vision for the transportation sector that includes more and cleaner options, and expands those options to communities across the country.
"This budget brings us closer to that vision."
The budget assists the authorised funding levels in the recent surface transportation authorisation and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
ITS president and CEO Regina Hopper was quoted by Traffic Technology Today as saying: "The president's budget takes the next step by investing, not only in needed traditional infrastructure improvements, but also the next frontier of automated and connected vehicle technologies and other transportation innovations that will transform our modern way of life.
"This is a budget that Congress and future administrations should build on to make connected and automated vehicles, smart infrastructure and transportation innovation a cornerstone of our nation's economic strength and global competitiveness."

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