Senate Leaders Propose Fiscal 2022 Funding Increase for USDOT

Sen. Patrick Leahy “These bills make important investments in our nation’s infrastructure, our environment and the middle class, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy says. (Senate Appropriations Committee)

Legislation that would boost funding for federal transportation programs in fiscal 2022 was unveiled by leaders in the U.S. Senate on Oct. 18.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 19, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

White House Climate Action Plan Includes USDOT

Flooded street in NJ United States Geological Survey workers pull a boat as they look for residents on a street flooded in Somerville, N.J., on Sept. 2. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP)

In response to growing concerns associated with severe weather events linked to climate change activity, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently unveiled a comprehensive plan that pursues the administration’s aims for improving infrastructure.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 12, 2021
Government, Safety

Colorado’s Central 70 Project Receives Federal Boost

Map of Central 70 Project in Colorado Colorado Department of Transportation

A highway project vital to the flow of freight and commuters in Colorado will receive additional federal backing, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 28, 2021
Government, Safety

USDOT Announces Aid for California Highway Project, INFRA Support

Overview of Interstate 405 The Orange County Transportation Authority received a direct loan for up to $628.9 million for the Interstate 405 improvement project, (Orange County Transportation Authority via Twitter)

A key corridor in Orange County, Calif., is the recent recipient of additional federal funding assistance to expand highway access in the region, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

USDOT Officials Praise Truckers’ Contributions

Meera Joshi "Careful, professional truck drivers, attentive to driving, are saving lives every day.” says FMCSA deputy Administrator Meera Joshi. (U.S. Department of Transportation via Twitter)

Truck drivers are key to ensuring the country’s economic prosperity and maintaining safety along the highways, said top officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 16, 2021

US House Panel Approves USDOT Budget Increase

Pete Buttigieg Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's agency will receive an additional $8.7 billion, or more than an 11% increase from fiscal 2021 approved levels. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

Legislation that would boost funding for federal transportation operations in fiscal 2022 was approved by a U.S. House panel along party lines, setting up a vote in the chamber prior to the congressional August recess.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 19, 2021
Government, Business

Federal Leaders Host Roundtable With Trucking Executives

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg “Our economy is getting back on its feet, but the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated long-standing challenges in our supply chain," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says. (Oliver Contreras/Abaca/Bloomberg News)

Federal officials met with trucking industry representatives to discuss driver retention and supply chain issues July 8.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 8, 2021
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