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Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

DOT Expands AV TEST Program

AV TEST tracking tool AV TEST tracking tool by nhtsa.gov

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative from a pilot to a full program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 12, 2021
Government, Breaking News

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Resigns

Elaine Chao Elaine Chao oversaw an active four years at DOT. Recently, the agency has been involved in ensuring the safe and rapid transport of the COVID-19 vaccine through regulatory measures. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced her resignation Jan. 7 on her Twitter account, one day after a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Building.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2021
Government, Breaking News

Biden Introduces Buttigieg as Transportation Choice

Pete Buttigieg after being introduced by Joe Biden as his Transportation Secretary pick Pete Buttigieg speaks after being introduced as President-elect Joe Biden's choice as secretary of transportation. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via Associated Press)

Pete Buttigieg, the former Democratic presidential candidate and onetime mayor of South Bend, Ind., was tapped to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Biden administration, according to the Biden-Harris transition team.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 15, 2020
Government

Biden Administration Ready to Advance Infrastructure Policy, Porcari Says

John Porcari John Porcari, shown testifying at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing in 2017, says a Biden White House would pursue a transformative infrastructure agenda. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

John Porcari, a former senior Obama era transportation official currently working with President-elect Joe Biden’s team, expressed optimism about the incoming administration’s potential for advancing a major infrastructure package.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 12, 2020
Government

DOT’s Transportation Self-Governance Program for Tribes Takes Effect

Monument Valley near the Arizona-Utah border U.S. Route 163 runs through Monument Valley, which is near the Arizona-Utah border. It lies within the Navajo Nation Reservation. (tonda/Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program has officially taken effect.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 1, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Self-Driving Car Bill Reintroduced in House Minus Biggest Backer

People load into a Daimler Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck for a demonstration in 2015. People load into a Daimler Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck for a demonstration in Las Vegas in May 2015. (John Locher/Associated Press)

Legislation that would allow carmakers to sell as many as 100,000 self-driving vehicles per year in the U.S. is being reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, but one of its biggest cheerleaders is staying on the sidelines until next year.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
September 23, 2020
Government

USDOT IG Nominee Eric Soskin Affirms Investigative Role

Soskin Soskin speaks at the hearing. (Screenshot via C-SPAN)

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation’s internal watchdog division told senators that if confirmed he would pursue investigations without bias.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 6, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

DOT Funds Four New University Transportation Centers

Ohio State Part of the Ohio State University's campus. The largest individual award was given to the school. (abalcazar/Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $4.9 million in funding has been awarded to support four new University Transportation Centers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

DOT Releases Policy Document on Emerging Tech Engagement

transportation tech USDOT via YouTube

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on July 23 unveiled guidelines that technology innovators can follow to help them engage with the federal government as they develop new projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 23, 2020
Government

Transportation Funding Bill Set for US House Floor Consideration

Representatives Nita Lowey and Mario Diaz-Balart Nita Lowey (left) and Mario Diaz-Balart by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Legislation that would fund operations at the U.S. Department of Transportation and its agencies will be considered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the end of July.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 23, 2020

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