Elaine Chao

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

Buttigieg’s USDOT Priorities to Include Climate, Jobs, Safety

Pete Buttigieg Pete Buttigieg speaks after being introduced by Joe Biden as his pick for secretary of transportation. On CNN, Buttigieg said the country needs to ensure infrastructure is severe-weather resilient. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via Associated Press

An agenda focused on climate change initiatives, expanding the workforce and maintaining safety will be among the priorities for Pete Buttigieg, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of transportation.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Elaine Chao Discusses Partnerships as Busy Year Draws to a Close

Elaine Chao Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao at an Infrastructure Week event in 2017. She cited the partnerships the agency has built as her proudest accomplishment as DOT leader. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao credited stakeholders for helping regulators propel the industry forward through a challenging 2020.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 8, 2020
Government, Business

Elaine Chao Helps Kick Off Women In Trucking Association’s Conference

Elaine Chao Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao kicks off the virtual conference. (Transport Topics)

The Women In Trucking Association’s annual conference, held virtually out of safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, kicked off with a message of positivity Nov. 12.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 12, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Elaine Chao: Long-Term Plan Needed for US Infrastructure

Chao Chao via symposium screenshot

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the nation’s lawmakers must take a long-range view of addressing the country’s pressing infrastructure needs, and do the work needed to craft a funding measure more far-reaching and comprehensive than the one-year highway bill extension that recently advanced.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
October 8, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Watch the Replay: Future of Freight and Supply Chain Symposium

The Future of Freight and Supply Chain Symposium

Trucking execs from XPO Logistics, C.R. England, NFI Industries, YRC Worldwide and Transfix were among the guests featured during our Oct. 8 TT/CQ Roll Call virtual symposium, "The Future of Freight and Supply Chain Management." Watch the replay now.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
October 7, 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