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

Senate Committee Approves USDOT Nominee Joel Szabat

Joel Szabat Joel Szabat has been carrying out the undersecretary’s duties in an acting capacity. (House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee via YouTube)

The Senate Commerce Committee on July 22 easily approved the nomination of Joel Szabat to become undersecretary of transportation for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 17, 2020

House to Take Up Fiscal 2021 Transportation Funding Bill in July

Nita Lowey House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) by Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Legislation that would fund operations at the U.S. Department of Transportation for the next fiscal year will be considered by a House panel in July.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 25, 2020
Government, Business

USDOT Nominee Joel Szabat Touts Long-Term Highway Reauthorizations

Joel Szabat Joel Szabat testifies in March during a Senate hearing on the coronavirus pandemic. (C-SPAN)

Multiyear federal guidelines on highway policy contribute to long-term planning at state agencies, USDOT nominee Joel Szabat said June 16.

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

Stakeholders’ Input Key to Shaping AV 4.0, Says USDOT Nominee Finch Fulton

USDOT nominee Finch Fulton Finch Fulton testifies at his nomination hearing for Assistant Secretary of Transportation. (Senate Commerce Committee)

WASHINGTON — Industry stakeholders will assist U.S. Department of Transportation officials in shaping their latest version of guidelines for autonomous vehicles, said Finch Fulton, nominee to become assistant secretary for transportation policy.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 12, 2020
Government, Safety

Trump Stresses Travel Precautions, Anticipates Market Rebound

CDC coronavirus test CDC's laboratory test kit for the coronavirus. (CDC via AP)

President Donald Trump stressed public safety is his administration’s priority as it addresses growing concerns with the spread of the coronavirus. Trump also told reporters at the White House Feb. 29 he believed markets would rebound after experiencing recent record lows.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 28, 2020

Legislation Proposes Naming USDOT’s Headquarters After William T. Coleman Jr.

USDOT building The USDOT building at 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE in Washington. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate proposes naming the U.S. Department of Transportation’s headquarters after William T. Coleman Jr., secretary of transportation during the Ford administration.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

USDOT Announces $900 Million for Freight, Highway Grants

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

Transportation officials nationwide who are seeking a federal boost to help advance major freight or highway projects may find it in the form of a federal grant.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 14, 2020
Government, Safety

FHWA Issues $871 Million in Emergency Relief Infrastructure Repair Funds

Smashed poles and snarled power lines brought down by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Smashed poles and snarled power lines brought down by Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico, in September 2017. (Carlos Giusti/Associated Press)

The Federal Highway Administration has earmarked $871 million in emergency relief funds to help dozens of states and tribal government agencies rebuild infrastructure mangled by natural disasters.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 10, 2019

USDOT Announces BUILD Program to Replace TIGER

Rural road in Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a replacement for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 23, 2018