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Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Coming Oct. 8: Future of Freight and Supply Chain Symposium

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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Sam Graves are among the guests who will be featured in an Oct. 8 virtual symposium, "The Future of Freight and Supply Chain Management." Learn more and reserve your seat now.

September 23, 2020
Government, Safety

DOT Announces $1 Billion in BUILD Grants

Erie, Pa. A view of Erie, Pa., which lies along Lake Erie. About $21 million was directed to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the Erie Bayfront Parkway Mobility and Freight Improvement Program. (zrfphoto/Getty Images)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that $1 billion in funding has been awarded through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 16, 2020
Government, Safety

DOT Unveils Applicant Toolkit for Rural Communities

Rural road in Washington state A rural road in Grays Harbor County, Wash. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao noted that although 19% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, 45% of highway fatalities occur in rural areas. (halbergman/Getty Images)

USDOT created a toolkit intended to help those interested in participating in the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 28, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Elaine Chao Emphasizes Need for Infrastructure, Safety Funds for Rural Areas

Rural Truck on a rural road. (U.S. DOT)

The subject of upgrading the nation’s infrastructure is an important one for Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, including assurance that rural areas receive equal treatment relative to metropolitan areas when funds are distributed.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
April 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

DOT Ready to Help Truckers as They Support Country, Elaine Chao Says

CARES Act signing President Donald Trump with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, key leaders of Congress and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, signing the CARES Act, totaling $2.2 trillion, the largest economic relief package in history. (USDOT)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told Transport Topics during an exclusive interview that her agency stands ready to build on the actions it already has taken to help trucking support the country through the coronavirus crisis.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
April 3, 2020
Government, Business

Elaine Chao Reiterates Trump Administration’s Focus on Rural Corridors

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. (appropriations.senate.gov)

WASHINGTON — The country’s vast network of freight and commuter corridors across rural areas are receiving newfound attention under the Trump administration, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao insisted during a meeting with senators March 4.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

DOT’s Elaine Chao Announces ADAS, Connected Technology Programs

Elaine Chao U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced a number of initiatives involving connected vehicle technologies at TRB's meeting. (Transportation Research Board)

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced several initiatives relating to connected vehicle technologies and advanced driver assistance systems before a crowd of industry representatives Jan. 15.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2020
Government, Business

DOT Awards $900 Million in BUILD Grants

Traffic in Aurora, Colo. This stretch was one recipient of a BUILD grant. Traffic stopped due to weather on Interstate 70 in Aurora, Colo. This stretch will benefit from a BUILD grant. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has announced the latest recipients of the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development discretionary grants.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 12, 2019
Government, Safety, Fuel

Secretary Chao: Fuel Tax a ‘Topic of Discussion’ During Infrastructure Policy Talks

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao outside the White House in Washington on May 7, 2019. (Associated Press/Andrew Harnik)

Responding to whether the federal fuel tax should be raised to help fund the country’s corridors, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao acknowledged the funding approach garnered interest during negotiations of a comprehensive infrastructure bill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Secretary Elaine Chao Announces New Transportation Technology Council

Elaine Chao U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press)

The federal government is creating a council to address oversight gaps created by emerging technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, that fall within the jurisdiction of multiple Department of Transportation agencies.

Renzo Downey | The Austin, Texas American-Statesman
March 14, 2019

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