Government, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

DOT Issues Further Allowances for Haulers in States Affected by Colonial Pipeline Attack

Fuel tankers The U.S. Department of Transportation says states covered by presidential disaster declarations issued within the past 120 days may use interstate highways to transport overweight loads of gasoline and other fuels. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News)

Government agencies at the federal and state levels have taken measures — including steps to facilitate truck movement — as a response to the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 12, 2021

US Senate Confirms Trottenberg for USDOT Post

Polly Trottenberg Polly Trottenberg, formerly commissioner of New York City's Department of Transportation, was confirmed by a Senate vote of 82-15. (CBS New York via YouTube)

The U.S. Senate confirmed Polly Trottenberg to be deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation by an 82-15 vote.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 13, 2021
Government, Business

USDOT Begins Undoing Trump-Era Restrictions on Rulemaking

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his agency have taken the first step in undoing the previous administration’s restrictions. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. Department of Transportation has begun the process of undoing a set of Trump-era regulations that ground agency work with industry to a halt and threatened to slow adoption of major policy goals of the Biden administration.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
March 24, 2021

Trottenberg Mum on Highway Funding Details

Polly Trottenberg Polly Trottenberg discusses pedestrian and bike safety as New York City commissioner of transportation. (CBS New York via YouTube)

Polly Trottenberg, nominated to be deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, told senators March 3 she was unable to disclose details about the Biden administration’s highway-funding plans.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 2, 2021

Pete Buttigieg Nomination for Transportation Secretary Advances

Pete Buttigieg during his Senate panel confirmation hearing. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP) Pete Buttigieg testifies during his Senate confirmation hearing. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Awaiting action before the U.S. Senate is the nomination of former Mayor Pete Buttigieg to become the country’s next secretary of transportation.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 27, 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, Safety, Logistics

DOT Makes Preparations Ahead of COVID-19 Vaccine Transport

Vaccine photo by Getty “The department has laid the groundwork for the safe transportation of the COVID-19 vaccine and is proud to support this historic endeavor,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said. (Meyer & Meyer/Getty Images)

USDOT announced Dec. 1 that it has taken regulatory measures to facilitate the safe and rapid transport of the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 1, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

IG Report Outlines Top Management Challenges for FMCSA

Vehicle traffic Traffic on Interstate 71 in Kentucky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A federal oversight report calls on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to provide more “robust oversight” of states’ compliance with commercial driver license and driver medical exam requirements.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 12, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

DOT Awards $220 Million for Port Infrastructure

Norfolk International Terminals at Port of Virginia Trucks sit at the Norfolk International Terminals at the Port of Virginia. The terminals received $20.1 million to support expansion of the facility’s Central Rail Yard, which will involve the construction of eight tracks. (Port of Virginia)

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $220 million in grants to improve port infrastructure, including facilities used by freight vehicles.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 16, 2020