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August 3
1972 The USDOT transmits the 1972 National Transportation Report to Congress, the first in a planned series of periodic reports on the state of the Nation's transportation system and the planning alternatives of Federal, State, and local governments for improving the system over the longer range future.
1973 Administrator Norbert Tiemann announces a policy, known as "Last Resort Housing," that will allow States to use Federal-aid funds to provide special housing for people whose homes are displaced by Federal-aid projects and for whom comparable replacement sale or rental housing is not available. The new policy, he says, "purposely provides for broad latitude and creative thinking by the State highway agencies."
1978 After serving since June 1977 as Deputy Administrator, Karl S. Bowers is appointed Administrator (and is sworn in by Secretary of Transportation Brock Adams on August 31). Bowers had been appointed Acting Administrator on May 1 following the resignation of Administrator William Cox. In a May 1 notice to all employees, Bowers had said, "Highways are as important and vital today as they always have been . . . . The only difference is that today they are no longer a separate entity in the transportation field. We think of highways today as an integral part of the total transportation system, one which forms a connecting link with other transportation modes."
"As we move toward the close of the 20th Century, our projections must not be limited, and our thinking must be in terms of total transportation responsibility."
Karl S. Bowers
Deputy Federal Highway Administrator
August 3, 1978
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