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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
Government

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
Government

Senate Panel Advances USDOT IG Nominee Eric Soskin

Eric Soskin Soskin speaks at a hearing in August. (Screenshot via C-SPAN)

Eric Soskin, the nominee to become the watchdog at the U.S. Department of Transportation, received approval by a Senate panel Sept. 16.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

DOT Launches Tracking Tool for AV TEST Initiative

Nuro R2 Nuro's R2 autonomous vehicle on a neighborhood street. Other participating companies are Beep, Cruise, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Local Motors, Navya, Toyota, Uber and Waymo.(Nuro via Associated Press)

U.S. Department of Transportation officials unveiled an online tracking tool for the agency’s Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative on Sept. 2.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 2, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Senate Panel to Consider USDOT IG Nominee Eric Soskin

USDOT sign Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation’s internal watchdog division is scheduled to appear before a Senate panel Aug. 6.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 4, 2020
Government, Business

New COVID-19 Stimulus With Transportation Aid Stuck in Congress

Houston airport In the Senate plan, the FAA's Airport Improvement Program would receive $10 billion. George Bush Intercontinental Airport by David J. Phillip/AP

With much of the country looking to Washington for assistance, slow-moving negotiations on the next COVID-19 economic stimulus package have been marked by partisan disagreements.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 28, 2020

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