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USDOT Secretary Chao Touts Infrastructure Plan as “Lone-term Reform”

Politico reports that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao described the goal of the Trump national infrastructure plan as “long-term reform on how infrastructure projects are regulated, funded, delivered and maintained.... She saidShow More Summary

USDOT Announces Senior Level Staff Appointments

The US Department of Transportation announced several senior staff appointments at the end of last week. The list of appointees includes Geoff Burr (Chief of Staff), Thomas “Finch” Fulton (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Policy), and James Ray (Special Advisor to the Secretary for Infrastructure). Show More Summary

Caltrain: Federal government finally signs off on funding

$650 million delay on tracks cleared A particularly long, grueling Caltrain delay, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao agreed to sign off on nearly $650 million worth of grants that the state and agency have been waiting on to fund...Show More Summary

Elaine Chao’s Educational Background: Would You Believe She has More than 36 Honorary Doctorates?

Why She Deserves Our Notice A Taiwanese-American politician and our newest Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao is no stranger to the US cabinet. In fact, thanks to her leading of the US Labor Department under President Bush, she’s was the first Asian-American woman to ever hold a cabinet position.  She was also particularly notable in […]

USDOT Secretary Calls Hudson River Gateway Tunnel an “Absolute Priority” Despite Poposed Budget Cut for the Project

NJ.com reports, “U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao called the Gateway Tunnel project under the Hudson River “an absolute priority” even though President Donald Trump‘s proposed budget cuts off an important source of federal funding for it. Show More Summary

Former WSDOT Secretary Floats “Soft Tolling” Concept (“Tolling as Soon as You Leave Your Driveway,” That Is)

KIRO reports, “As Western Washington continues to get bogged down in traffic, former state transportation secretary Doug MacDonald floated the idea of tolling you as soon as you leave your driveway. ‘I call it soft tolling,’ MacDonald said. Show More Summary

VDOT’s Layne and OTA’s Gatz Testify on P3s Today before US Senate Committee

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne will be one of the panelists testifying today before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He will discuss the state’s “experience with public-private partnerships as the Trump administration looks to jump-start infrastructure spending. Show More Summary

California Is Being Sued For Making Voter Registration Too Complicated

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

California voting rights groups announced Tuesday they had filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Transportation for failing for comply with a federal law that makes itShow More Summary

California Rail Electrification Funding Trump’s Transportation Secretary Wanted To Kill Gets Funded In New Budget Deal

A proposed new budget deal in Congress would preserve funding to electrify rail lines between San Jose and San Francisco. That corridor is one of the busiest in the nation as it serves the tech community on the San Francisco peninsular known as Silicon Valley. Show More Summary

As California Fumes, Automakers Head to Washington to Talk Emissions

A slew of automakers are scheduled for a Thursday meeting with the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation to go over existing Obama-era efficiency rules. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao...Show More Summary

Feinstein urges help from Silicon Valley on Caltrain electrification

California’s senior senator said she’s been pressuring Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao as well as 14 Republicans in Congress who signed a letter to Chao opposing the funding asked 400 members of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group...Show More Summary

Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation

Report Finds Parks Support 318,000 Jobs Mostly in Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, Recreation SAN FRANCISCO – Today, during National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016’s record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. Show More Summary

VDOT Secretary Layne Suggests Self-driving Cars Might Break Through on Toll Lanes

WTOP reports, “Virginia is trying to sort out how to deal with a variety of likely transportation innovations, such as self-driving cars, that may come sooner than expected.” The article notes, “Because toll lanes are separated fromShow More Summary

VDOT’s Layne Provides Primer on HOT Lanes

Inside Business (via The Virginian-Pilot) reports, “Aubrey Layne, Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation, joined other state and regional transportation leaders in Chesapeake on Wednesday [April 12] to pitch the introduction of High Occupancy Toll, or HOT, lanes at a public meeting. Show More Summary

Trump taps Lyft executive Derek Kan for transportation under secretary

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

The White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump plans to nominate a Lyft Inc executive as under secretary of transportation for policy. Derek Kan is general manager for San Francisco-based ride services company Lyft in Southern California. He previously was policy adviser to Senate...

Commuters Save Two Hours a Week Thanks to Mass Turnpike Tollbooth Removals

ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com highlights an AASHTO Transportation TV interview with Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack in which she reports that motorists who commute to Boston from its western suburbs haveShow More Summary

NCDOT Engages Mercator Advisors to Review I-77 Toll Lane Contract

WJZY reports, “The N.C. Department of Transportation announced on [March 31] that it will hire Mercator Advisors LLC to conduct a review of the I-77 toll lane contract.  This comes after Secretary Jim Trogdon announced earlier this month...Show More Summary

William T. Coleman Jr., transportation secretary and civil rights lawyer, dies at 96

The second black Cabinet officer helped draft the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case.

Trump to unveil $1 trillion infrastructure plan in 2017: official

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the Trump administration would unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan later this year, but she did not offer details of funding for projects. Chao said at an event at the department’s headquarters that the infrastructure initiative would...

Illinois DOT Secretary Alerts Lawmakers to April 1 Deadline for I-55 Managed Lanes Project

Chicago Tribune features an op-ed column in which Illinois Secretary of Transportation Randy Blakenhorn writes, “For reasons that remain unclear, the General Assembly has ignored the Illinois Department of Transportation’s I-55 managed...Show More Summary

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