President Obama has designated the third Friday in May of each year as National Defense Transportation Day, and the week during which that Friday falls as National Transportation Week, in an effort to recognize the importance of U.S. transportation infrastructure.
This year, National Defense Transportation Day will fall on May 17, and National Transportation Week will take place from May 12 through May 18.
“We need to restore our roads, bridges, and ports — transportation networks that are essential to making the United States the best place in the world to do business,” Obama said in a written proclamation via the White House Office of the Press Secretary. He cited his “Fix-It-First” program, which advances the nation’s most pressing transportation projects, and Partnership to Rebuild America, which attracts private capital for infrastructure upgrades, as initiatives that will help achieve this goal.
“We also recognize that repairing our transportation networks is about more than economic growth — it is about security,” Obama continued. “At a time when our cities face unprecedented threats and hazards, we must do more to ensure our first responders and our service members can respond effectively during crisis. That means protecting our critical infrastructure and repairing roads and bridges that put our people at risk.”