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United States Department of Transportation

The United States Department of Transportation is a federal Cabinet department of the U. S. government concerned with transportation. It was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, began operation on April 1, 1967, it is governed by the United States Secretary of Transportation. Prior to the Department of Transportation, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation administered the functions now associated with the DOT. In 1965, Najeeb Halaby, administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency – the future Federal Aviation Administration – suggested to U. S. President Lyndon B. Johnson that transportation be elevated to a cabinet-level post, that the FAA be folded into the DOT. Federal Aviation Administration Federal Highway Administration Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Federal Railroad Administration Federal Transit Administration Maritime Administration National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Inspector General Office of the Secretary of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center Bureau of Transportation Statistics Transportation Security Administration – transferred to Department of Homeland Security in 2003 United States Coast Guard – transferred to Department of Homeland Security in 2003 Surface Transportation Board – spun off as an independent federal agency in 2015 In 2012, the DOT awarded $742.5 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to 11 transit projects.

The awardees include light rail projects. Other projects include both a commuter rail extension and a subway project in New York City, a bus rapid transit system in Springfield, Oregon; the funds subsidize a heavy rail project in northern Virginia, completing the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Metro Silver Line to connect Washington, D. C. and the Washington Dulles International Airport. President Barack Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2010 included $1.83 billion in funding for major transit projects, of which more than $600 million went towards 10 new or expanding transit projects. The budget provided additional funding for all of the projects receiving Recovery Act funding, except for the bus rapid transit project, it continued funding for another 18 transit projects that are either under construction or soon will be. Following the same the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 delegates $600 million for Infrastructure Investments, referred to as Discretionary Grants.

The Department of Transportation was authorized a budget for Fiscal Year 2016 of $75.1 billion. The budget authorization is broken down as follows: In the latest Center for Effective Government analysis of 15 federal agencies which receive the most Freedom of Information Act FOIA requests, published in 2015, the Department of Transportation earned a D by scoring 65 out of a possible 100 points, i.e. did not earn a satisfactory overall grade. Title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations American Highway Users Alliance National Highway System National Transportation Safety Board Passenger vehicles in the United States Transportation in the United States United States Federal Maritime Commission Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center Official website Department of Transportation on USAspending.gov United States Department of Transportation in the Federal Register This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of Transportation

Shan–Thai Terrane

The Shan–Thai or Sibumasu Terrane is a mass of continental crust extending from Tibet into Southeast Asia sharing a similar geological history. The Shan–Thai Terrane rifted from Australia in the Permian and collided with the Indochina terrane in the Triassic, it extends from Malaysia, through peninsular Thailand, West Yunnan, to Lhasa. Shan–Thai is c. 4,000 km long and bounded by the Indochina terrane to the east and the South China terrane to the north. It is one of a series of continental blocks or terranes that were rifted off eastern Gondwana during the Ordovician, long before the formation of Pangaea. Today these blocks form south-east Asia but the different timing of their journeys has given them distinct geologic histories. Shan–Thai was an archipelago on the Paleo-Tethys Ocean spread over several latitudes, it can therefore be subdivided into several portions with different palaeo-geographical histories. The internal "Thai" elements, bordering the Indochina block, are of Cathaysian type and characterised by palaeo-tropical warm-water facies.

The external "Shan" part has Gondwanan cold-water facies whilst the central "Sibumasu" part is transitional between the other two. The internal parts of Shan–Thai merged with Laurasia 265 Ma when the Nan-Uttaradit suture closed. Oceanic basins separated the other elements of Shan–Thai until the Late Triassic–Early Jurassic Late Indochina Orogeny; the collision between India and Eurasia during the Oligocene and Miocene resulted in clockwise rotation of south-west Asia, severe deformation of south-east Asia, the extrusion of Shan–Thai and Indochina blocks. These two blocks are still crisscrossed by the faults from this collision. List of tectonic plates – A list of the moving sections of the lithosphere of the Earth Notes Sources

A Melody Looking

A Melody Looking is a Hong Kong musical film written and directed by Leon Lai, released on 18 November 2006. The DVD was released on 15 December 2006. Leon Lai as Leon Chapman To as Chapman Janice Vidal as Janice Charles Ying as Charles Jill Vidal as Jill Emily Wong as Emily This type of film is seen in the HK Film Industry, it took about HK$10 million to make this film, shot in New York, United States. It starred Leon Lai, Janice Vidal, Jill Vidal, Charles Ying, Emily Wong and Chapman To who are all artists of Amusic; this 78-minute film features the latest songs by these popular singers. It marks Leon debut as a director. A Rolls-Royce Phantom was used and a number of bridges including the Manhattan Bridge was used as a backdrop in the film; the story starts with 16-year-old Jill, a lovely and naive girl, searching for her sister Janice, who possesses a perfect and beautiful voice. She seeks assistance from a detective named Leon. During the search and his assistant Charles mix up Jill for her twin sister Janice.

Thus a series of interesting things begin to develop. Towards the end, when they find the person they are looking for, they discover that everything around them reflects people's passion and care to love. Cinema of Hong Kong A Melody Looking A Melody Looking on IMDb