Hope Yen

Government, Business, Safety

Buttigieg Sends $5 Billion to Cities for Safety as Road Deaths Soar

Chicago highway, Metra Traffic flows along Interstate 90 as a Metra commuter train moves along an elevated track in Chicago. (Shafkat Anowar/AP)

WASHINGTON — With upcoming data showing traffic deaths soaring, the Biden administration is steering $5 billion in federal aid to cities and localities to address the growing crisis by slowing down cars, carving out bike paths and wider sidewalks and nudging commuters to public transit.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
May 16, 2022
Government, Safety

Buttigieg Tells States to Consider Safety for Road Projects

A bike lane on Market Street in Philadelphia A bicycle lane along Market Street in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The federal government has a fresh warning to states seeking billions of dollars from President Joe Biden’s infrastructure law to widen roads: Protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists or risk losing funds.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
March 2, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

States Get Go-Ahead to Build Electric Car Charging Stations

States Get Go-Ahead to Build Electric Car Charging Stations President Joe Biden listens as Jane Hunter, CEO of Tritium, speaks about electric vehicle chargers during an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Feb. 8. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

States are getting the go-ahead to build a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations that would place new or upgraded ones every 50 miles along interstate highways as part of the Biden administration’s plan to spur widespread adoption of the zero-emission cars.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
February 10, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Road Deaths Rise at Record Pace as Risky Driving Persists

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during a daily briefing at the White House Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during a November daily briefing at the White House. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. traffic deaths surged in the first nine months of 2021 to 31,720, the government reported Feb. 1, keeping up a record pace of increased dangerous driving during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
February 1, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

USDOT Gives $241 Million to Ports to Boost Supply Chain

Georgia port Contractors renovate one of the docks at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Ga. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is awarding more than $241 million in grants to bolster U.S. ports, part of the Biden administration’s near-term plan to address America’s clogged supply chain with infrastructure improvements to speed the flow of goods.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
December 23, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

House Vote on Infrastructure Pushed to Sept. 30

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had originally pledged to House moderates a vote on the infrastructure legislation by Sept. 27. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sept. 26 vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change bill while acknowledging the total amount will drop.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
September 27, 2021
Government, Business, Technology

Astronaut Pete? Buttigieg is Game

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (right) and David Rubenstein Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (right) is interviewed by club chairman David Rubenstein. (The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. via YouTube)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was excited to see Jeff Bezos’ blastoff into space July 20, describing space travel as a clear trend for the future. It’s a trip he would love to take himself, even if he doesn’t think it will happen in the foreseeable future.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
July 20, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Rail Stakeholders Push 15-Year Plan for Northeast Corridor

Sen. Chuck Schumer and DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg hold a decaying piece of a rail tunnel Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (right) hold a decaying piece of a rail tunnel during a press conference. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — As Congress eyes an infrastructure package, a coalition of transportation agencies and Amtrak on July 14 released a 15-year plan of rail improvements for the congested Northeast Corridor that would boost daily train routes and significantly speed travel on Acela express lines.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
July 14, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Democrats Push $25 Billion to Electrify School Buses

Buses Vice President Kamala Harris tours Thomas Built Buses April 19 in High Point, N.C. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Democratic lawmakers are unveiling legislation that would invest $25 billion to convert the nation’s fleet of gasoline- and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles, aiming at a component of President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan to improve children’s health.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
April 21, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Economic Plan to Focus First on Infrastructure This Week

Road construction Contractors work on a portion of Highway 101 under construction in Petaluma, Calif., on March 22. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will lay out the first part of his multitrillion-dollar economic recovery package this week, focusing on rebuilding roads, bridges and other infrastructure, followed by a separate plan later in April addressing child and health care.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
March 29, 2021

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