January 3, 2020 12:45 PM, EST

Secretary Elaine Chao to Headline TRB’s Annual Luncheon

Elaine Chao2018 photo of Elaine Chao by Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

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Secretary Elaine Chao, the country’s top transportation officer, is scheduled to deliver keynote remarks at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting chair’s luncheon Jan. 15.

As a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Chao has emphasized safety, innovation, and funding for rural corridors. The secretary recently called for public comments on the department’s Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success, or ROUTES, program. The initiative was created in October as a way to facilitate connectivity across rural places.

“We want to hear from rural communities how the Department of Transportation can better support their critical transportation infrastructure,” the secretary said last month.

Chao also has directed the establishment of the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology, or NETT Council, which recently was praised by the bipartisan leadership of the congressional transportation committees. The public has until Jan. 10 to share comments regarding projects, concerns or themes they would like to see the department address via the NETT Council.

In addition to the secretary’s keynote address, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials are scheduled to deliver policy updates during the conference Jan. 14.

The 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board is scheduled to kick off Jan. 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. The conference’s theme will be, “A Century of Progress: Foundation for the Future.”

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