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Division for Transportation Affairs


Safe, Secure, Efficient, Global Transportation

The Division for Transportation Affairs (TRA) leads U.S. government efforts to ensure safe, secure, efficient aviation and maritime transportation networks worldwide. TRA keeps Americans and American goods and services moving safely, securely, and efficiently around the world.

Policy Issues

Transportation Policy

The Office of Transportation Policy (TRA/OTP) works to increase global capacity and safeguard the commercial aviation and maritime sectors. Working with U.S. and foreign partners, OTP promotes adherence to the highest international standards to enhance the safety and security of the global transportation system.

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Aviation Negotiations

The Office of Aviation Negotiations (TRA/AN) opens air service markets around the world, and enforces the obligations of bilateral partners so that U.S. airlines can compete on a level playing field with foreign competitors, and Americans have more choices when flying.

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Civil Air Transport Agreements

Since 1992, the United States has pursued an “open-skies” policy designed to eliminate government involvement in airline decision-making about routes, capacity, and pricing in international markets.

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