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TT Archives: U.S. Department of Transportation Starts

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Pictured in this issue of  Transport Topics, DOT’s first secretary, Alan S. Boyd, celebrated the department's first official day of operation on April 1, 1967, by riding in the hot air balloon “Golden Bear” with balloonist Don Piccard.

The law that established a cabinet-level Department of Transportation did not pass Congress until ninety-two years after the first such legislation had been introduced.

Do you have an idea for a Transport Topics page from the past that you’d like to see? Let us know by e-mailing us at Here are previous pages we’ve posted in this series:

·         Sept. 2, 1935: Our First Front Page

·         Jan. 10, 1972: Nixon Presents Driver of the Year Award




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