Elaine Chao

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
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Addresses Autonomous Tech, Infrastructure at AASHTO Briefing

Chao Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (aashtovideo via YouTube)

WASHINGTON — Widespread adoption of autonomous vehicle technologies depends largely on public trust, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Autonomous technology can take a variety of forms in transportation, from lane-departure warning systems and automated brakes to truck platooning. Automated technologies have, however, raised public concern over security and privacy.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 27, 2019
Government, Business

Trump Orders Federal Spending Cuts as Chao Touts Regulatory Streamlining

Trump and Chao in Cabinet meeting Sitting next to Chao, Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting on Oct. 17. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

The U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal agencies have to come up with a 5% reduction in their budgets for next year, President Donald Trump told his Cabinet during a recent meeting at the White House.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Oct. 8: Federal Funding for Roads on Tribal Lands

Hopi Reservation, Arizona Hopi Reservation in Arizona, by Wayne Dupre via YouTube

A funding opportunity of $300 million for the building and repairing of surface transportation at tribal and federal lands has been made available, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Oct. 3. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Elaine Chao Announces New Orleans-Area INFRA Grant

Chao Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently joined Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to formally announce the award of a $45 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 10, 2018