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    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, was headed down a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to work with them to carry out the administration's ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation's infrastructure.A Senate committee vote on his nomination could come as soon as next week.Speaking at his confirmation hearing with his husband sitting nearby, Buttigieg pointed to a "generational opportunity" to create new jobs, fight economic inequality and stem climate change. Often sidestepping specifics, Buttigieg hinted at a broad climate-centric role for the department that will require significant investments, on top of Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan.SEE ALSO: President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet picks, top-level appointees"We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role in this," the 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told the Senate Commerce...
    Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg expressed an openness to a federal gas tax increase in order to pump more money into the suffering Highway Trust Fund. During his confirmation hearing on Thursday, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., was asked about a tax hike to help fund infrastructure by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. BUTTIGIEG DEFENDS BIDEN KILLING KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE AMID CRITICISM FROM UNIONS "Well, I think all options need to be on the table," Buttigieg said. "As you know, the gas tax has not been increased since 1993, and it's never been pegged to inflation. And it's one of the reasons why the current state of the Highway Trust Fund is that there's more going out than coming in." Buttigieg noted that funding transfers have helped make up the difference, but questioned whether Congress would keep doing that. He said that for now, the U.S. needs "a solution that can...
    Pete Buttigieg, President Biden's nominee to lead the Transportation Department, fielded questions from the Senate Commerce Committee on a wide range of topics including infrastructure, the airline industry, Amtrak, regulations and federal funding in his confirmation hearing Thursday. If confirmed, he's likely to be among those tasked with trying to convince Congress to pass a major infrastructure plan that would also help spur job growth. The nation's infrastructure has been crumbling, Republicans and Democrats agree, but there's been no major legislation passed on funding an infrastructure overhaul in recent years. "Now is the time, and we have a real chance to deliver for the American people," Buttigieg said in his prepared opening remarks. "We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role in this, by implementing President Biden's infrastructure vision." Buttigieg pointed out that it's states, counties and...
    Senators vetted former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports MORE on Thursday, President Biden’s pick to lead the Transportation Department. Buttigieg, an Army veteran who ran against Biden in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, would make history as the first openly gay Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate, if he wins approval. In opening remarks at his confirmation hearing, Buttigieg emphasized the need for safety in the transportation sector amid the pandemic, and highlighted infrastructure as an area where there is “a lot of work to do.” “I believe that good transportation policy can play no less...
    (CBS/AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, appeared on a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to help carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. Speaking at his confirmation hearing with his husband sitting nearby, Buttigieg pointed to a “generational opportunity” to create new jobs, fight economic inequality and stem climate change. He pledged more conversations with Congress on programs that will require significant investments in the months to come. “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role in this,” the 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told the Senate Commerce Committee. He pointed to opportunities in updating auto emissions regulations that President Donald Trump had loosened and building out a network of charging stations for electric vehicles. Buttigieg did not specify where money...
    Are you looking to make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine but don’t have reliable transportation? Don’t panic — you have options other than pricey ride-share services. The Sussex County Division of Senior Services can help you schedule a vaccination appointment at 973-579-0555. But first, officials suggest contacting Skylands Ride (973-579-0480) to coordinate transportation with your scheduled vaccination date. Skylands Ride provides on-demand transportation to residents who need to access employment, medical appointments, prescriptions, medical equipment, food, and other essential services — all for just $1 per one-way trip. The ride service can make sure you’re safely able to get to and from your vaccination appointment at one of the four locations in Sussex County: ShopRite in Newton ShopRite in Byram Newton Medical Center Sussex County Fairgrounds For more information, call the county’s COVID-19 hotline (973-579-9488) anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    Are you looking to make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine but don’t have reliable transportation? Don’t panic — you have options other than pricey ride-share services. The Sussex County Division of Senior Services can help you schedule a vaccination appointment at 973-579-0555. But first, officials suggest contacting Skylands Ride (973-579-0480) to coordinate transportation with your scheduled vaccination date. Skylands Ride provides on-demand transportation to residents who need to access employment, medical appointments, prescriptions, medical equipment, food, and other essential services — all for just $1 per one-way trip. The ride service can make sure you’re safely able to get to and from your vaccination appointment at one of the four locations in Sussex County: ShopRite in Newton ShopRite in Byram Newton Medical Center Sussex County Fairgrounds For more information, call the county’s COVID-19 hotline (973-579-9488) anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    WASHINGTON (CBS) — Sen. Ed Markey wants Pete Buttigieg to visit Cape Cod and tour the Bourne and Sagamore bridges once he is President Joe Biden’s transportation secretary. The senator questioned the former South Bend, Indiana mayor at confirmation hearings on Thursday. The bridges that connect about a quarter million people on the Cape are more than 85 years old and have been deemed structurally deficient. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that it would be more cost efficient to replace the aging bridges rather than repair them, and the new bridges would be better equipped to handle more cars as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. “Their life expectancy has come to a conclusion and we’re going to need help in not repairing them, but replacing them in the future,” Markey told Buttigieg. “So I would love to invite you, Mr. Secretary, to come up to Cape Cod so...
    Reuters January 21, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the U.S. Transportation Department will tell a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday the United States must improve its infrastructure. “We also have a lot of work to do to improve the infrastructure in this country, a mission that will not only keep more people safe, but also grow our economy as we look to the future,” former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will say, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. Biden put Buttigieg – a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination last year – in charge of the department that oversees aviation, highways, vehicles, pipelines and transit. In April 2019, then President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders agreed to spend $2 trillion over a decade – but the president never proposed any new revenue source to pay for the upgrades – and never made...
    Pete Buttigieg, President Joe Biden's nominee to head the Transportation Department, said he will work to ensure transportation systems are safe during the pandemic. Buttigieg said keeping sectors from "aviation to public transit, to our railways, roads, ports, waterways, and pipelines" safe, according to his prepared remarks ahead of his confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The 39-year-old former presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Ind. will face a country roiled by Covid-19, particularly airlines struggling to stem billions in losses as the virus keeps many customers off of airplanes. Biden is scheduled to sign an executive order on Thursday that would require masks on interstate transportation, including airplanes, a step airline labor unions have urged since early in the pandemic but one the Trump administration declined to take.Related Tags Politics Markets Breaking News: Business Life Business
    The Senate on Thursday will hold confirmation hearings for Pete Buttigieg, President Joe Biden’s nomination to serve as Secretary of Transportation. Buttigieg was the former mayor of South Bend and a former Democratic presidential candidate.
    More On: Pete Buttigieg Buttigieg faces conflict with big campaign donors with South Bend contracts Joe Biden’s beyond-puzzling Cabinet picks Team Biden deletes old ad blasting former rival Buttigieg Biden calls Buttigieg’s husband ‘Kirsten,’ snubs gay GOP cabinet member Pete Buttigieg, President Biden’s nominee for Transportation secretary, will press the need for Congress to get behind an infrastructure package to help revitalize a US economy devastated by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. The former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and 2020 Democratic presidential contender said expanding the country’s infrastructure will not only provide for the safety of Americans, but also will give a much-needed boost to the economy. “We need to build our economy back, better than ever,” Buttigieg will tell the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, according to his prepared remarks. “The Department of Transportation can play a central role in this,...
    'Good transportation policy can play no less a role than making possible the American Dream.' President Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, is pledging to carry out the administration's ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, calling it a "generational opportunity" to create new jobs, fight economic inequality, and stem climate change. "We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role in this," the 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, intends to tell the Senate Commerce Committee, according to prepared remarks for his confirmation hearing Thursday. "You have my commitment that I will work closely with you to deliver the innovation and growth that America needs in this area," he said in the remarks.
    BOSTON (CBS) — Transportation Sec. Stephanie Pollack is headed to Washington, D.C. after six years of leading MassDOT. Pollack was announced Thursday as the deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration for President Joe Biden’s administration. Registrar of Motor Vehicles Jamey Tesler will become acting MassDOT secretary. Gov. Charlie Baker highlighted the challenges Pollack faced since entering office, including the record-setting winter that tested the transit system in 2015. The governor stood by Pollack in 2019 as RMV lapses were exposed when a driver who shouldn’t have been on the road allegedly killed seven motorcyclists. “Stephanie has led MassDOT through many difficult challenges over the past six years; from the historic blizzards that exposed the problems of the MBTA, through saving the GLX project, instituting a data-driven Capital Improvement Plan, and guiding the RMV through a crisis last summer,” Baker said in a statement. “She has provided MassDOT with stability...
    Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports MORE, President Biden’s nominee to run the Transportation Department, will tout the agency’s ambitious infrastructure agenda as an opportunity to build jobs and help a flagging economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic during a Senate hearing on Thursday. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind. and Democratic White House candidate, will testify in front of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation as he seeks confirmation to his post. “We…have a lot of work to do to improve the infrastructure in this country, a mission that will not only keep more people safe, but...
    (CNN)In remarks prepared for delivery ahead of his confirmation hearing Thursday, transportation secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg previews his vision for the department.Read his statement:
    (CNN)Pete Buttigieg will testify before a Senate panel on Thursday considering his nomination for transportation secretary, putting the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor on the path to becoming the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary.Buttigieg is expected to play a central role in President Joe Biden's push for a bipartisan infrastructure package. During the campaign, Biden proposed spending $1.3 trillion over 10 years to build schools, roads, bridges, railroads and pipes, expand broadband access and usher in a "100% clean energy economy.""We need to build our economy back, better than ever," Buttigieg is expected to say, according to his prepared remarks. "The Department of Transportation can play a central role in this, by implementing President Biden's infrastructure vision creating millions of good-paying jobs, revitalizing communities that have been left behind, enabling American small businesses, workers, families and farmers to compete and win in the global economy, and tackling the climate crisis."Buttigieg...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, is pledging to carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, calling it a “generational opportunity” to create new jobs, fight economic inequality and stem climate change. “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role in this,” the 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, intends to tell the Senate Commerce Committee, according to prepared remarks for his confirmation hearing Thursday. “You have my commitment that I will work closely with you to deliver the innovation and growth that America needs in this area,” he said in the remarks. A former Democratic presidential rival whom Biden praised for bringing fresh ideas, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post. He was among the...
    A Senate committee will hold confirmation hearings Thursday on Pete Buttigeig, President Joe Biden's pick to lead the Transportation Department. Buttigieg is expected to outline his vision to uphold the safety of travelers, improve the nation's infrastructure system and and fulfill Mr. Biden's infrastructure goals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  If confirmed, Buttigieg would oversee a department that requested $90 billion for the 2021 fiscal year and would potentially be tasked with trying to convince Congress to implement a major infrastructure plan that would spur job growth towards building sustainable infrastructure. But, the task may be difficult as infrastructure packages during the former President Trump's presidency faced roadblocks in Congress over funding issues.   How to watch Buttigieg's confirmation hearing What: Pete Buttigieg testifies before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 Time: 10 a.m. Location: U.S. Capitol – Washington, D.C> Online stream: Live on...
    Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s nomination as President Biden's transportation secretary is scheduled to move forward Thursday when the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a confirmation hearing.Fast Facts Pete Buttigieg nominated by Biden in December as Transporation secretary and his confirmation process will start Thursday with a Senate panel hearing  He previously served as mayor in South Bend, Indiana, and endorsed Biden before Super Tuesday last year after he dropped out of the presidential race  Biden nominated his former presidential primary rival to the position in December. "Jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate all come together at the DOT, the site of some of our most ambitious plans to build back better," Biden said in the announcement at the time. "I trust Mayor Pete to lead this work with focus, decency, and a bold vision — he will bring people together to get big things done."...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Nuria Fernandez has stepped down after her seven-year tenure as the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority CEO and general manager to take a position with the U.S. Department of Transportation under the new administration of President Joe Biden. Fernandez’s role has not been disclosed by the DOT, but will be announced in the coming days, a VTA spokesperson said. Fernandez has had 35 years of experience in transportation agencies around the country, serving in leadership roles at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Nuria Fernandez (Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority) She also served as commissioner for the Chicago Department of Aviation overseeing O’Hare and Midway Airports. In the South Bay, she was responsible for 2,100 employees and several projects — most notably the BART Silicon Valley extension. “It has been pure joy to lead...
    After serving as New York City transportation commissioner and also working for the federal government at several high-level jobs, Brooklyn resident Polly Trottenberg has been named to by the incoming Biden administration as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Trottenberg was the longest-serving DOT commissioner in the city’s history, having been appointed in 2014, when she resigned in December. Among the programs she, along with Mayor Bill de Blasio, sponsored were the city’s Vision Zero program, a multi-pronged effort to decrease traffic fatalities.  Among its components were speed-limit reductions, increased enforcement, increased use of speed cameras, quicker repair of broken traffic signals and pedestrian countdown timers, which tell pedestrians how many more seconds they must begin crossing the street.
    Santa Clara County’s top transit leader, Nuria Fernandez, is leaving her post to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation under Incoming President Joe Biden. Fernadez, general manager and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, submitted her resignation — effective immediately — Tuesday. “It has been pure joy to lead the VTA organization and see the early seeds of plans develop into programs and projects that will continue to transform mobility in this region for many years to come,” Fernandez said in a statement. “In my seven years, my team of talented public servants delivered great transportation accomplishments, of which I was humbly a part of in making our community better.” Fernandez’s role in the U.S. Department of Transportation has not yet been announced, but national reports claim she is being tapped as deputy administrator with the intention of making her the administrator, pending Senate confirmation. The DOT is...
    Velodyne Lidar and Trunk.Tech announce strategic partnership in autonomous transportation
    The first hearings for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominations are set to begin on Tuesday, just one day before his inauguration on Jan. 20. The action kicks off in the morning, with the Senate Finance Committee hosting Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen, the Senate Intelligence Committee holding a hearing for Director of National Intelligence pick Avril Haines, and Homeland Security secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.FAST FACTS Confirmation hearings are often marked by partisan differences, and this week is likely to be no different Time will tell whether opposition to any of the picks will be enough to sink their nominations That afternoon, Biden's pick for secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will have a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing for Defense secretary nominee Lloyd J. Austin III. Thursday will...
    SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — The city of San Mateo received $23.8 million from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority in early January to fund the completion of a grade separation project that saw its budget increase in the last stages of the project. The Transportation Authority approved the funding at a Jan. 7 meeting. Grade separation entails raising train tracks and lowering the roadway with the benefits of increased safety and less traffic congestion at railroad crossings. San Mateo’s project involves grade separation at East 25th Avenue, completing east-west street connections at 28th and 31st avenues and building an elevated Hillsdale station with updated amenities. Planning for the project began two decades ago. Construction began in the fall of 2017 and is slated for completion this fall. However, due to delays, the project cost had risen from $180 million to $205.9 million. The city learned of the $25.9 million...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Students who attend classes on the Auraria Campus in Denver and rely on public transportation will now have access to a new pilot program with RTD. The CollegePass program offers a discounted, unlimited use of RTD’s local, regional and airport bus and rail service for students, and well as other users of the campus. (credit: CBS) It comes after the pass was suspended for the fall 2020 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students from the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver can opt into this new program for the spring semester. Auraria Campus CEO Colleen Walker said in a prepared statement that she is proud that the program makes “public transportation easily and readily available to all of our campus community members.”
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City’s former transportation chief Polly Trottenberg has been named Deputy Secretary of Transportation by the incoming Biden administration. THE POINT: DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg On Pedestrian And Bike Safety Trottenberg stepped down from her job in New York City last month to join Biden’s presidential transition team. RELATED: NYC Head Of Emergency Management Deanne Criswell Selected To Lead FEMA In the announcement, the Biden administration highlighted Trottenberg’s role in the Vision Zero program, the 14th Street busway and implementing outdoor dining. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Army Veteran Recounts Deadly Encounter With Emotionally Disturbed Man Inside New York City Subway Station Coronavirus Impact: Some Columbia University Students Say They’re Prepared To Withhold Payments If Tuition Isn’t Lowered Hunts Point Produce Market Workers On Strike Over Wage Dispute
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    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg has been named Deputy Secretary of Transportation in the Biden Administration.She will be incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's number two.A few months ago, Trottenberg had been chosen for President-elect Joe Biden's transition team.She is serving as part of the 18-person transportation team that is preparing Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their cabinet as they transition to the White House.Trottenberg's team will review the NTSB, Amtrak and the Federal Maritime Commission.The commissioner has led the nation's largest municipal transportation agency, with over 5,500 employees, since being appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014. She stepped down in December from that post.With more than 25 years of career public service, Commissioner Trottenberg most recently served as the U.S. DOT's Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, under the Obama Administration.She also worked under U.S. Senators Charles Schumer,...
    LINTHICUM, MD. (WJZ) — A DC man was caught with a loaded gun at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in early December. The Transportation Security Administration said an officer spotted the .38 caliber handgun in the man’s carry-on bag while it was inside the checkpoint X-ray machine. Credit: TSA The Maryland Transportation Authority Police responded and confiscated the firearm and detained the man for questioning before arresting him on weapons charges. He told police he forgot he had his loaded gun with him. He is now facing a “stiff” federal financial penalty, TSA said.  
    A man in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, is busy refurbishing old cars for neighbors who have no mode of transportation. “The last thing you want is a single mom stranded somewhere,” said Chris Lewis, who restores the vehicles inside his own garage. His current project is a 2005 Acura MDX that has 145,000 miles on it, according to WRAL. Once it is ready to hit the road, the car will go to the Sharing House Wheels to Work program, whose mission is to empower individuals by giving them reliable transportation. According to the Sharing House website: Wheels to Work receives donated vehicles no more than 10 years old from community donors. Your well-loved, well-maintained used vehicles make this program work!  We work with donors to make the title transfer easy to give to Sharing House with full tax advantage documentations.  We then have a gifted volunteer who refurbishes each vehicle to...
    Lines 4, 5 and 6 of the Metro were able to return to normal operation almost immediately thanks to the fact that their automatic pilot remained intact On the contrary, routes 1, 2 and 3 were more affected because their electricity supply was also inoperable The rest of the operations of the Collective Transport System were not affected in any way by the fire of last week It will still take a little longer before the Metro returns to operating as it did before the fire at the Centro Histórico control station. According to El Universal, it is expected that the functionality and energization tests of Line 1, of those affected by the incident last week, will begin this Saturday. The objective, for now, would be to reactivate the emergency systems that operate the light and the stations’ stations. Regarding the restoration of the Line 1 service, the owner...
    By EDNA TARIGAN and FADLAN SYAM JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A team from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has arrived in Indonesia’s capital to join the investigation into the crash of a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500, the head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said Saturday. The team also comprises representatives from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing and General Electric. They joined personnel from Singapore’s Transportation Safety Investigation Bureau at the search and rescue command center at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta to see some of the plane debris. The plane lost contact with air traffic controllers minutes after taking off from Jakarta during heavy rain on Jan. 9. The jet crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 62 people on board. Divers found parts of the cockpit voice recorder on Friday as more personnel joined the search for wreckage and victims. Investigators have already downloaded information from...
    Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAgency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Transportation Secretary Chao resigns in protest Buttigieg is blazing trails for LGBTQ equality MORE’s confirmation hearing for the role of Transportation Secretary will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21.  Just a day after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE is slated for inauguration, Buttigieg will face questions from members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  Buttigieg rose to national prominence while running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination before exiting the race and endorsing Biden.  If he’s confirmed, he’s expected to play a key role in helping to shape Biden’s climate change agenda by working to reduce emissions from...
    Ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft have been in touch with the incoming Biden administration for a role in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans, CBS News confirms. Both companies have asked for early access to the vaccine for their drivers, given their status as essential workers, and they're offering to transport vulnerable Americans to vaccine centers for free. The Wall Street Journal first reported the move by the two companies. Lyft executives met with the Biden transition in late December and the company's vice president of healthcare, Megan Callahan, told CBS News "we expect to reengage" in the coming weeks.   "What we want to speak with them about is that there are existing vehicles that the Biden administration will have to ensure that people that need it can get to their vaccine appointments," Callahan said. She said that Lyft estimates 16 million Americans won't have access to transportation to their...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Heads up, drivers: new speed and red light cameras are coming to Baltimore. The city is adding red light cameras to two intersections beginning February 1: southbound St. Paul Street at East Preston Street and northbound and southbound Perring Parkway at Echodale Avenue, the city’s transportation department said Thursday. Those cameras will operate 24/7, and drivers who run red lights face a $75 fine. A current speed camera system on Garrison Boulevard will also be enhanced starting at the beginning of February. The transportation department said the cameras will cover the 2300 through 3300 blocks of the road near Hilton and Liberty Elementary Schools and Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School. Currently, the 3200 block of Garrison Boulevard is covered by speed cameras. Speed cameras in school zones run on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and come with a $40 fine for those going more than 12...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Arlington’s on-demand public transit service, Via Rideshare, will soon reach all neighborhoods, shopping centers, offices, restaurants, medical facilities and other key destinations, the city announced Thursday, Jan. 14. Over the past three years the Via Rideshare service has been expanding across the city. The service area, which currently covers about 41% of Arlington, will expand citywide starting Tuesday, Jan. 19. Via will continue to pick up and drop off riders at the CentrePort TRE Station. Via in Arlington (CBS11) “Every city in America is looking at ways to improve public transportation and mayors across the country continue to recognize Arlington’s rideshare program with Via as the gold standard for transportation solutions,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said. “We are so excited about the citywide expansion and the difference that Via continues to make in our community. On-demand rideshare also improves overall equity here in Arlington, making sure...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus-related medical questions. If you have a question for Dr. Mallika, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. Dennis writes, “I’m a flight attendant. I’ve been flying around the country and would love to get my COVID vaccination. Would you happen to know what group I would be in? According to Mass.gov, people who work in transit and transportation like Rideshare and Massport employees are in Phase 2 of the rollout, slated to occur between February and March. Although the website doesn’t specifically list flight attendants, so I would call your airline to find out if there is a company-wide plan to get employees vaccinated. Pete writes, “My father is a 70-year-old veteran with preexisting conditions. He goes through the VA...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions said Wednesday that tougher security measures are needed in light of last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol because people who took part in the insurrection and were subsequently placed on the no-fly list may turn to rail travel instead. The Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers — Transportation Division and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen unions urged federal regulators to add more security at train stations to screen passengers before they board. “Even as of this hour, the only real requirement for a person to board a train is simply to have a ticket; nothing more, nothing less....
    Jeff Marootian, director of District Department of Transportation, greets Kevin Mills, senior vice president of policy at Rails-to-Trails, at the U. S. Capitol  on Tuesday May 8, 2019 in Washington. (Eric Kayne/AP Images for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy) The head of D.C.’s Department of Transportation is headed to the White House. Jeff Marootian, who has led DDOT under D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser since 2017, will work in the Presidential Personnel Office as a special assistant to the president for climate and science agency personnel, according to a news release announcing the appointment from the transition team for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Marootian is currently serving as a volunteer adviser for the Biden-Harris transition team. As DDOT director, Marootian was tasked with overseeing the District’s ambitious “Vision Zero” plan that aimed to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024 through improved road infrastructure and safety improvements at crash-prone areas. He had a...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County is demanding more changes from a medical transport company after CBS 2 exposed that they were withholding tens of thousands of dollars from drivers they contracted. We’ve now obtained First Transit‘s $6 million contract with the county, and as Morning Insider Tim McNicholas reports, it raises serious questions about why they didn’t pay up. Monique McKnight almost gave up on her business. Almost. “I was crying. I was in tears. I had to pick up two other jobs to survive,” she said. Her McKnight Transportation Company drives Medicaid recipients to the doctor for chemotherapy, dialysis, and other non-emergency appointments. She made plans to dissolve her business this year, because a much bigger company – First Transit – hadn’t paid her for more than $20,000 worth of rides from July to November. “Most of my close friends and family, they know. They know I’ve been struggling, and...
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Divers looking for a crashed plane’s cockpit voice recorder were searching in mud and plane debris on the seabed between Indonesian islands Wednesday to retrieve information key to learning why the Sriwijaya Air jet nosedived into the water over the weekend. Indonesian navy divers on Tuesday recovered the flight data recorder from the jet that disappeared Saturday minutes after taking off from Jakarta with 62 people aboard. The information on both black boxes will be key to the crash investigation. The 26-year-old Boeing 737-500 had resumed commercial flights last month after almost nine months out of service because of flight cutbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration sent an airworthiness directive requiring operators of various Boeing 737 aircraft models, including the 737-500, to carry out engine checks before they can be flown again after being out of service. The order followed reports...
    Global Portable Printer Market to Reach US$16. 9 Billion by the Year 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Portable Printer estimated at US$5. 7 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$16. New York, Jan. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Global Portable Printer Industry” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05959745/?utm_source=GNW 9 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 16.8% over the analysis period 2020-2027.Transportation & Logistics, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to grow at a 17.1% CAGR to reach US$4.7 Billion by the end of the analysis period.After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Retail segment is readjusted to a revised 18.3% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 24.3% share of the global Portable...
    A passenger plane in Indonesia with 62 people on board is believed to have crashed early Saturday morning shortly after taking off from the country's capital. Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 lost contact at 2:40 p.m. local time (2:40 a.m. ET), roughly four minutes after takeoff from Jakarta on its way to Pontianak, a city on the island of Borneo, said Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry. The Boeing 737-524 had 43 adult passengers on board along with seven children and 12 crew members, Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesia's Minister of Transportation, said during a press conference. The plane had been in service for 26 years and officials are investigating debris, potentially from the plane, that has been discovered. The plane took off during heavy rain and was working to get to 13,000 feet altitude. Four minutes in the plane hit 11,000 feet then dropped 10,000 feet in less than a minute before completely falling off radar, according to data from global...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. One of the private-sector groups that expressed initial interest in the Hogan administration’s plan to widen two Washington, D.C.-area highways has dropped out of the bidding, the state Department of Transportation confirmed on Friday. Potomac Mobility Group, one of four consortiums rated “qualified” by the state last year, declined to submit a bid. Reports of the group’s decision not to pursue the $11 billion widening of Interstates 495 and 270 surfaced two weeks ago, but a spokesperson for the firm refused to comment. The Department of Transportation also declined to comment, even though it was aware of Potomac’s withdrawal on Dec. 23, the day bid submissions were due. The consortium was led by a Spanish firm, ACS Infrastructure Development. Dragados USA was their lead contractor. Parsons Transportation Group, Jacobs Engineering...
    Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoWarren claps back at DeVos following resignation announcement: 'Good riddance' Betsy DeVos resigns as Education Secretary Trump condemns riots, says he will focus on transition in taped remarks MORE, in her official resignation letter to President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police officer dies following riots Donor who gave millions to Hawley urges Senate to censure him for 'irresponsible' behavior Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots MORE, cited the Capitol riots as her reason for leaving the administration just days before President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol Police officer dies following riots Rep. Joaquin Castro wants to prevent Federal government from ever naming buildings, property after Trump Tucker Carlson: Trump 'recklessly encouraged' Capitol rioters MORE takes office. “I had planned on serving through the end of your term in office. But after yesterday’s events at the U.S. Capitol, I will resign as U.S. Secretary of Transportation,...
    Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoWarren claps back at DeVos following resignation announcement: 'Good riddance' Betsy DeVos resigns as Education Secretary Trump condemns riots, says he will focus on transition in taped remarks MORE sent a resignation letter to President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police officer dies following riots Donor who gave millions to Hawley urges Senate to censure him for 'irresponsible' behavior Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots MORE on Thursday, following the riot at the Capitol. “I had planned on serving through the end of your term in office," she wrote. "But after yesterday’s events at the U.S. Capitol, I will resign as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, effective Monday, January 11, 2021 to provide a short period of transition.” Chao was the first Cabinet official to resign following the attack carried out after Trump spoke to supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest his loss in...
    President Donald Trump formally conceded the 2020 election on Thursday, but not before nearly a dozen high-ranking administration officials had already tendered their resignations following Wednesday’s tragedy at the Capitol. Reports indicate that a group of Trump’s advisers convinced him to issue Thursday’s video statement to both insulate himself from potential ouster from office and prevent further resignations in the waning days of his presidency, although more resignations are still expected. At least three White House officials have specifically voiced concern to the Daily Caller about whether they will be employable or not if they do not resign prior to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. (RELATED: 41% Of Republicans, 63% Of Voters Think Trump Is Somewhat Or Very Responsible For Capitol Riots) Here is a running list of all the senior Trump administration officials who have stepped down, citing the president’s incitement of the riots. Elaine Chao: Secretary...
    EDUCATION Secretary Betsy DeVos has resigned over the Capitol riot, making her the latest official to abandon President Donald Trump. DeVos submitted her resignation to Trump on Thursday night, stating that the riot was an inflection point, The Wall Street Journal reported. Read our US Politics live blog for the latest news as the US Capitol building is put into lockdown 6Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has resigned on Thursday nightCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Mitch McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, quit as Transportation Secretary after the Capitol riotsCredit: Reuters 6Mick Mulvaney has resignedCredit: Alamy Live News 6Mulvaney resigned following a day of chaos at the CapitolCredit: Reuters It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation. pic.twitter.com/rFxPsBoh6t— Sec. Elaine Chao (@SecElaineChao) January 7, 2021 Earlier on Thursday, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Mick Mulvaney, the special envoy to Northern Ireland, quit. Chao, who is Republican Senator...
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, announced her resignation Thursday, the first Cabinet secretary to resign because of Wednesday’s deadly invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.   Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is a close Trump political ally, said she was “deeply troubled” by Wednesday’s violence that was fueled by Trump’s rhetoric.  “Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” Chao said in a statement. “As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”  Chao joined a growing list of resignations from the Trump administration following the invasion of the Capitol by Trump supporters.  FILE - Mick Mulvaney, then the White House Acting Chief of Staff,...
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, announced her resignation Thursday, the first Cabinet secretary to resign because of Wednesday’s deadly invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.   Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is a close Trump political ally, said she was “deeply troubled” by Wednesday’s violence that was fueled by Trump’s rhetoric.  “Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” Chao said in a statement. “As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”  Chao joined a growing list of resignations from the Trump administration following the invasion of the Capitol by Trump supporters.  FILE - Mick Mulvaney, then the White House Acting Chief of Staff,...
    Loading the player... Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is resigning effective Monday, becoming the highest ranking member of President Donald Trump’s administration to resign in protest after the pro-Trump insurrection at Capitol. In a statement Thursday, Chao, who is married to Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, said the violent attack on the Capitol “has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.” Read More: Republican lawmaker livestreamed himself storming Capitol She said her department will continue to cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden’s designated nominee to head the department, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. A few moments before Chao’s announcement, incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is vowed to fire Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao makes a policy announcement at EPA headquarters September 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Stenger is...
    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has resigned from her position. In a message posted to Twitter, Chao said she was “deeply troubled” by the “traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed.”  Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is the first cabinet secretary to resign as a result of the violence in Washington D.C. As the nation’s top transportation official, Chao oversaw policies governing autonomous cars and other emerging tech like the hyperloop. She also played a central role in the United States’ decision to ground Boeing’s 737 Max planes in 2019.
    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced her resignation from President Donald Trump’s administration Thursday, saying Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol “deeply troubled” her. Chao called the events at the Capitol “entirely avoidable,” and linked the chaos to Trump’s rally earlier that day. Chao is the fifth administration official and first Cabinet member to resign since Wednesday. “Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the president stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” Chao wrote in a statement. “As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I cannot simply set aside.” It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation. pic.twitter.com/rFxPsBoh6t — Sec. Elaine Chao (@SecElaineChao) January 7, 2021 Former Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney resigned Thursday his new post as an envoy to Northern...
    Elaine Chao, the United States Secretary of Transportation and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly resigning following the violent riot at the Capitol. Chao will become the first member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to resign as a result of his actions on Wednesday. “Our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside,” Chao stated in an email according to the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey. “Our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.” —Chao says....
    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is resigning in the wake of Trump supporters breaching the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, according to a Washington Post reporter. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is resigning, per two officials. Cites yesterday’s events as reason in email to DOT colleagues, per draft. First Cabinet secretary to resign. Chao is married to Mitch McConnell. More TK. — Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 7, 2021 This story is developing. Check Breitbart News for updates. 
    By Kaitlan Collins and Jeremy Diamond | CNN Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is resigning, a White House official and a person familiar with the situation tell CNN. She’s the first Cabinet member to leave in wake of President Donald Trump’s response to a mob of his supporters breaching the US Capitol. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation,” she tweeted on Thursday. In a statement to the agency she led, Chao wrote that she was “deeply troubled” by the events at the Capitol building. “I am tremendously proud of the many accomplishments we were able to achieve together for our country and I will never forget the commitment you have for this Department and the United States of America,” her statement continued. A veteran of Republican administrations and the wife of the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chao came into her post...
    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, resigned Thursday, becoming the highest-ranking administration official to resign after President Donald Trump's lackluster response to the mob that rushed Capitol Hill. Chao made her announcement in an email to colleagues that was obtained by The Washington Post.  'Our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I'm sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside,' she said. She is the first Cabinet official to quit.  Chao's move comes a day after her husband, McConnell, went on the Senate floor and called out fellow Republicans for emboldening Trump's farce that Congress was able to overturn the presidential election results.   Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to...
    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced Thursday that she is stepping down from her post, a day after the rioting on Capitol Hill -- making her the latest member of the administration to resign over Trump’s conduct, and the first Cabinet member to do so. "Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed," she said in a statement. "As I'm sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside." Chao has been in the administration since 2017 and is one of the longest-serving Cabinet members. She is also married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has refused to back President Trump’s election challenges. This is a breaking news story, check back for updates.Adam Shaw is a reporter covering U.S. and European...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ confirmation of Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is resigning effective Monday, becoming the highest ranking member of President Donald Trump’s administration to resign in protest after the pro-Trump insurrection at Capitol. In a statement Thursday, Chao, who is married to Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, said the violent attack on the Capitol “has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.” She said her department will continue to cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden’s designated nominee to head the department, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONGRESS’ CONFIRMATION OF BIDEN’S VICTORY: Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be...
    WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao tweeted Thursday that she is resigning. She's the first Cabinet member to leave in wake of President Donald Trump's response to a mob of his supporters breaching the US Capitol. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation. pic.twitter.com/rFxPsBoh6t— Sec. Elaine Chao (@SecElaineChao) January 7, 2021THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Our earlier story follows below.Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has resigned from his position as U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland, adding to the list of White House staffers leaving their position wake of protests and rioting on Capitol Hill.He told CNBC in an interview that he called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday night to tell him he would be resigning."I can't do it. I can't stay," he said. "It's a nothing thing. It doesn't affect the outcome. It doesn't affect the...
    (CNN)Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is resigning, a White House official and a person familiar with the situation tell CNN. She's the first Cabinet member to leave in wake of President Donald Trump's response to a mob of his supporters breaching the US Capitol. She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigning, says she ‘cannot set aside’ pro-Trump insurrection at Capitol. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved two new directors — both candidates chose by Mayor London Breed — for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors. Supervisors voted 9-2 to approve Manny Yekutiel, with supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Dean Preston both voting against his appointment. Supervisors voted unanimously to approve Fiona Hinze’s appointment. Both Fewer and Preston cited not voting for Yekutiel in favor of seeing more diverse board members, in particular those who can represent the city’s Latino community, pointing to a lack of diversity on the board. Preston also cited Yekutiel’s lack of transportation experience as the agency deals with unprecedented low ridership and scaled back operations as a result of COVID-19. “It is hard for me to understand an appointment to the governing body of our city’s transportation agency, who has no meaningful experience on transportation issues, and particularly,...
    COOK COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- Cook County officials in partnership with Metra, Pace and the Regional Transportation Authority launched a fare reduction program in the south suburbs Monday.Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined by transportation leadership at the launch of the three-year program which reduces fares and increases service on Metra's Rock Island and Electric lines, and expands service on Pace's 352 Halsted route.The pilot was years in the making, but during the pandemic the county and transportation officials wanted to offer relief for riders in southern Cook County showing the longest commutes, many of whom are essential workers."It's means everything, it provides access to job opportunities," said Andrea D. Reed, Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric.Reed is also a Roseland resident, and said the pilot is progress but more needs to be done to make it seamless for south suburban residents to get to and from work."People...
    A New Jersey congressman is calling for President-elect Joe Biden to prioritize – and fund – the Gateway Program. “I know President-elect Biden understands the importance of modern infrastructure to a successful economy,” U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, said in a statement. “That is why I am confident his administration will give the Gateway Program the federal funding and resources necessary to improve transportation throughout the Northeast Corridor.” The Gateway Program, which Payne pegged at costing $30 billion, is a plan to improve the busy Northeast Corridor between Newark Penn Station and New York Penn Station. It includes a new Portal North Bridge over the Hackensack River and a new tunnel beneath the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York City to increase capacity. Nine members of the New Jersey’s House delegation, including Payne, and the state’s two senators sent a letter to Biden,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Officials with UCSF and the City of San Francisco announced Monday a proposed community benefits package, which includes new housing, as it seeks to rebuild the aging hospital on its Parnassus Heights campus. According to a statement from Mayor London Breed’s office, the university is agreeing to more than 1,200 housing units for its workforce, along with designating 40% of all new and existing UCSF housing as affordable units. The school also plans $20 million in transportation improvements and a 30% target for local hires in construction and permanent entry level jobs. “As we look ahead to our economic recovery, this is an opportunity for us to make significant investments in housing, transportation, jobs, and the long-term health care needs of our City,” the mayor said Monday. “This proposed agreement will benefit San Francisco and our residents for years to come, and we are committed...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The nation’s largest coronavirus testing site, Dodger Stadium, shut down this first weekend of the year to prepare for an expansion. “This one being the largest one is closed down for two days. We have thousands of traffic cones that have to be set up,” said David Ortiz of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. For months, the streets surrounding Dodger Stadium has been crowded with cars as people wait to get into the parking lot for a COVID-19 test. To alleviate congestion in the neighborhood, Dodgers and the City of L.A. negotiated to open a second parking lot with enough space for 600 more cars, being set up by L.A. fire and transportation department officials. “We’re working with the department of transportation to engineer lanes in a safe manner and put out these thousands of traffic cones necessary for the four lanes of traffic,” Ortiz...
    It was another bloody year on New York City streets — with fatalities for motorcyclists and motorists almost doubling, according to city statistics. Fifty motorcyclists and 70 car or truck drivers died in crashes in 2020, according to city records as of Wednesday, compared to 25 and 43, respectively, in 2019. The year’s 25 bike deaths, meanwhile, marked the second-deadliest for cyclists since 1999, behind 28 recorded last year. Mayor Bill de Blasio launched his “Vision Zero” program in 2014 with the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2024. City officials and experts blame the spike in car deaths on the COVID-19 pandemic’s emptying effect on streets, which led to more speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors. “This was a very bad year for Vision Zero, mainly due to increased speeding that we saw on our roadways with the reduced traffic,” Acting Department of Transportation Commissioner Margaret Forgione said...
    A forceful winter storm plowed through the Midwestern U.S. on Tuesday, canceling hundreds of flights, shuttering coronavirus testing sites and creating impossible conditions for drivers.  The National Weather Service had issued winter storm advisories for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois.  SNOW, FLOODS THREATEN NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS IN US As the system traversed the Cornhusker State, Nebraska, the storm dumped more than 7 inches by Tuesday afternoon. Iowans also experienced heavy snowfall, with totals up to more than a foot, while Wisconsin saw up to 8 inches.  Isabel Wang, 8, cross-country skied home through Scheid Park in Golden Valley, Minn., with her younger brother, Fearghus, 4 and father, Hans, during the snowstorm on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP) Chicago's Midway Airport got more than 3 inches of snow, O’Hare International Airport measured 2.6 inches, and Rockford Airport counted more than 6 inches by Wednesday morning. Transportation was impeded...
    United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Darrel Fitzpatrick, aged 30, has been charged by a Bill of Information with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371 and 201(b)(1). If convicted, Fitzpatrick faces up to five years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a mandatory special assessment of $100. According to the Bill of Information, in 2019 Darrel Fitzpatrick was a senior account manager at Company A, a bus brokerage company that provided transportation to the United States Marine Corps Reserves.  That same year, Fitzpatrick started a competing transportation brokerage company called National Charter Express. In 2019, Fitzpatrick agreed to pay kickbacks to Erik Martin, a civilian employee of the United States Marine Corps Reserves, in exchange for Martin directing business to Company A, and then later, National Charter Express. The conspiracy resulted in at least...
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department announced Tuesday that anti-derailment technology positive train control, or PTC, is in operation on all required railroad route miles ahead of a Dec. 31 deadline set by Congress. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has certified that each host railroad’s PTC system complies with the technical requirements and is in place on all 57,536 required freight and passenger railroad route miles. PTC systems are designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments and other safety issues. The National Transportation Safety Board has said the technology could have prevented numerous fatal train crashes over the years. "Achieving 100 percent PTC implementation is a tremendous accomplishment and reflects the department’s top priorities – safety, innovation, and infrastructure," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. After a deadly accident in Washington state in 2017, Chao urged the nation’s railroads and transit agencies to take all possible...
    By WILSON RING, Associated Press A 39-year-old Montreal man is facing a cocaine trafficking charge that was part of a broader effort to transport 1,500 kilos (3,300 pounds) of the drug from Peru to Vermont, federal court documents say. The court documents do not say what the ultimate destination of the cocaine was, but a number of people involved in the deal were from Canada. Apparently none of the cocaine reached the intended destination. Court records say Georges Yaghmour was arrested in Florida last month and was charged with conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine. His attorney did not return a call and email Monday seeking comment. An federal court affidavit filed in Burlington said the cocaine was part of the same plan that resulted in the kidnapping of a couple from Moira, New York, in late September. The couple was smuggled across the border...
    A 39-year-old Montreal man is facing a cocaine trafficking charge that was part of a broader effort to transport 1,500 kilos (3,300 pounds) of the drug from Peru to Vermont, federal court documents say. The court documents do not say what the ultimate destination of the cocaine was, but a number of people involved in the deal were from Canada. Apparently none of the cocaine reached the intended destination. Court records say Georges Yaghmour was arrested in Florida last month and was charged with conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine. His attorney did not return a call and email Monday seeking comment. An federal court affidavit filed in Burlington said the cocaine was part of the same plan that resulted in the kidnapping of a couple from Moira, New York, in late September. The couple was smuggled across the border to Canada before being rescued...
    Among the company’s notable accomplishments, Tesla extended the range of this year’s Model Y to more than 400 miles per charge — that’s a 20-percent improvement over the 2019 model — as well as increasing its acceleration and lowering its price. Tesla also began delivering its new Model Y in March (including the company’s millionth vehicle) and rolled out a three-row, seven-seat option in early December. Unfortunately, the company’s long awaited electric Semi won’t see the light of day in 2020; Musk announced in April that its release has been delayed until 2021. However, Semi production is already beginning to ramp up in advance of that goal. “It’s time to go all out and bring the Tesla Semi to volume production. It’s been in limited production so far, which has allowed us to improve many aspects of the design,” Musk wrote in a leaked email seen by CNBC. Tesla made...
    California’s fearsome traffic evaporated when the state locked down this spring. Most commuters cleared off of its public transportation systems too, though many continued to rely on those services to reach essential jobs or run errands. Now, with the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, it seems the state may be only months away from a return of mass daily commuting. But the ways people get around in the post-pandemic future could look very different from the commutes many abandoned in March, says Deborah Dagang, chief planning and programming officer for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Dagang charts the course for both public transit service and traffic management in Silicon Valley, a tricky job at a time when the world gets upended seemingly every few months and little about the future is certain. Still, it gives her insight into the factors, from more widespread remote work to the potentially severe...
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado utility regulators have voted to support Xcel Energy's plan to invest more in electric-powered transportation. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission's decision on Wednesday voted to support the company's proposal to spend $102 million over three years to build charging stations, help convert state-owned vehicles into electric cars and incentivize homeowners to install car-charging equipment. The three members of the commission were split on Xcel Energy's plan to offer rebates to residents who buy electric vehicles, the Denver Post reported. Two committee members eventually voted to allow a $5 million rebate program for only low-income buyers and for vehicles with suggested prices of $50,000 or less. “This is the dawn of a new era for clean, efficient transportation in Colorado,” said Travis Madsen, transportation program director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, in an email. “There’s something for everyone to like in this decision. It will save...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Transportation said it will limit roadwork and stop temporary lane closures over the Christmas holiday. No lane shutdowns are planned from Christmas Eve through Dec. 27 and against from New Year's Eve until Jan. 3, the agency said in a statement. With health officials urging people to limit holiday travel to avoid spreading the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, officials expect to see a difference in travel patterns. “Traffic volumes during the holidays are expected to be lower than last year’s volumes as more people stay home to protect themselves and others during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Allison Green, who coordinates a safety program with the department, said in a statement. Rest areas and welcome centers will remain open to motorists during the period. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Alabama, Associated...
    HALETHORPE, Md. (WJZ) — Three families in the Baltimore area got the gift of transportation just before Christmas this year. Each family got a vehicle for free thanks to the nonprofit group Vehicles for Change. The organization takes donated cars, repairs them and then gives them to worthy families. The recipients include 37-year-old Keshawn Sturgis of Baltimore, who had been spending more than $80 per week on bus and Uber/Lyft rides for his daily commute of 1.5 hours and 34-year-old GBMC medical assistant and mother of two Tinakesha Nutter of Dundalk. The third recipient is still being finalized, the group said. The group’s founder said its goal is to address two major issues that impact generational poverty: transportation and incarceration. That’s why, along with car donations, the group also has a program that allows those who come out of incarceration to be trained as mechanics.
    COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An Ohio River bridge damaged by fire has reopened to traffic between Kentucky and Ohio. Traffic began moving on the Brent Spence Bridge Tuesday afternoon after a fiery truck crash closed it on Nov. 11. A six week repair project repaired and restored the bridge between Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati. The bridge carries interstates 71 and 75 over the river. The reopening happened a day earlier than Kentucky transportation officials had expected. A final inspection was done on the repair work Monday night. Workers had to finish painting lane striping on the bridge's upper and lower decks before the reopening, the governor's office said. “We are pleased to reopen the Brent Spence Bridge ahead of schedule and return one of the nation’s busiest and most important economic travel corridors to public use,” Beshear said. The state used $12 million in federal emergency funds for the work....
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is launching new initiatives to get drivers to slow down. Among them, proposed changes to speed camera laws. The Department of Transportation on Tuesday morning announced proposed amendments and more enforcement in New York City. Officials say traffic fatalities among drivers and motorcyclists are way up this year, and that’s why new enforcement measures to deter speeding are necessary now, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported. FLASHBACK: NYPD Warns Drivers: Slow Down And Beware Of Speed Cameras In School Zones DOT and NYPD officials said a new push is on to combat what they call a deadly speeding epidemic. Right now, cameras can only be in effect on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., but the DOT wants them in operation 24/7, including on weekends, adding there is strong evidence speed cameras reduce speeding and casualties. “The administration will be seeking a...
    BOSTON (AP) — The governors of three New England states and the mayor of Washington, D.C., have signed a regional pact aimed at dramatically reducing transportation pollution — an agreement they hope other states will eventually join. The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program is designed to reduce motor vehicle emissions by at least 26% by 2032. The initiative was signed Monday by Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as well as Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser — all Democrats. The states account for about 73% of the transportation emissions and 76% of the vehicles in New England. The governors of other New England states — New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont — have expressed skepticism about the program, in part over fears that it amounts to a gas tax or a tax on carbon. In New England, transportation is responsible for over...
    By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The governors of three New England states and the mayor of Washington, D.C., have signed a regional pact aimed at dramatically reducing transportation pollution — an agreement they hope other states will eventually join. The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program is designed to reduce motor vehicle emissions by at least 26% by 2032. The initiative was signed Monday by Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as well as Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser — all Democrats. The states account for about 73% of the transportation emissions and 76% of the vehicles in New England. The governors of other New England states — New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont — have expressed skepticism about the program, in part over fears that it amounts to a gas tax or a tax on carbon. In New England,...
    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has one of the worst rates of workplace-related deaths in the country, with three times more fatalities than the national average, a report said. The Wyoming Department of Workplace Solutions revealed in the report that 32 workers died while on the job in 2019, an increase of one death compared to 2018, The Casper Star-Tribune reported Sunday. The report said 65% of the deaths were a result of transportation incidents, including “highway crashes, pedestrian vehicular incidents, aircraft incidents and water vehicle incidents.” Meredith Towle, the state occupational epidemiologist, said transportation incidents accounted for more than half of all deaths at workplaces across all industries in Wyoming from 2003 to 2019. About a quarter of the workplace deaths last year occurred in the natural resources and mining sector, department officials said. The Research and Planning Division of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services analyzed the federal...
    Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union this Sunday morning, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg spoke with host Jake Tapper about what it means to him to potentially be the first openly gay Cabinet secretary approved by the Senate, and first millennial Cabinet member, as well as his priorities for the Department of Transportation, and of course, his thoughts on a reportedly bizarre Oval Office meeting involving both Sidney Powell and her client Michael Flynn.  On his potential role as Transportation Secretary, Buttigieg says he understands that part of his “responsibility” and “opportunity” involves making it a “little bit easier for the next person to come along.” What exactly does he mean? Let’s check out the interview below. “You’re going to be the first openly gay person to serve in a Senate-confirmed Cabinet secretary position,” Tucker stated. “You’ll also be the first millennial Cabinet member. Do...
    Sunny Leone is one of the most genuine actors we know. She has often talked about her personal life and shared instances that proved that she is a very grounded person. The actress was spotted taking a rickshaw ride in Mumbai recently and the video of the same is winning the internet. Sunny ditched her luxurious car ride and enjoyed the Mumbai streets the local way. MTV Splitsvilla X3: Auditions of Sunny Leone, Rannvijay Singha’s Reality Show to Go Virtual for the First Time. In the video, Sunny is seen getting down an auto-rickshaw. Her face is covered with a cloth as the actress stepped out in a casual avatar. She was seen wearing grey pants and a white top and posed for the cameras as she stepped down from the rickshaw. Sunny even tagged the ride as “Best mode of transportation ever!!” Sunny was quite happy to see the...
    Pete Buttigieg, who President-elect Joe Biden nominated as Transportation secretary, dealt with a public transportation scandal while he was the mayor of South Bend, Ind.  Former South Bend Public Transportation (Transpo) Corporation CEO David Cangany was fired in 2018 , accused of being abusive to his staff and going on personal shopping sprees with the agency's credit card, the South Bend Tribune reported.  "These charges including Apple Store purchases, unauthorized travel, shoe purchases, and other charges of a personal nature totaling $2,597.09," a special investigation report revealed.  He eventually reimbursed the organization in October 2018.  REPORTERS GROW FRUSTRATED AS BIDEN TEAM REFUSES QUESTIONS Cangany also was accused of creating a toxic work environment at Transpo in the five years that he was CEO, resulting in seven Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints against him, the Tribune reported.  Cangany declined to comment when contacted Saturday evening.  According to the special investigation report, proper controls were not in place...
    “You don’t typically think of getting to the polls as a financial hurdle, but that was a reality for 15 million Americans in 2016, an election that was decided by only 70 thousand votes. With a record number of people unemployed and a massive pandemic, we must do all we can to provide access to the ballot so Georgians can get the representation they deserve.” – Saad Amer, Co-founder, Plus1Vote If a means of transportation is a problem, but you have rideshare services available in your area and a smart phone, at least on January 5th, it won’t be the reason you can’t make it to the polls to vote in person. That’s because a nonpartisan nonprofit organization is offering free rides to the polls in Georgia for the runoff election slated for January 5th. Plus1Vote, an entity with a proclaimed dedication to...
    Washington, DC (CNN)South Bend, Indiana has a transit budget of about $10 million, covering 47 buses and fewer than 100 full-time employees. Now the transportation budget of its former mayor, 38-year-old Pete Buttigieg, appears set to take a massive leap -- he'll soon manage over $85 billion after President-elect Joe Biden appointed him this week to lead the US Department of Transportation.Those who are familiar with Buttigieg's work in South Bend say he's well-suited for the job given his track record, intellect, and view of transportation as about more than moving vehicles. They point to his success in revitalizing South Bend's downtown. He redesigned streets, which attracted new businesses, boosted property values and made the city safer for pedestrians.But now Buttigieg is stepping onto a national stage, with bigger and more complicated challenges than what he faced in a city of about 100,000. He will have to address the challenges...
    Where does President-elect Joe Biden want Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and failed presidential candidate? As far away as possible. After Biden nominated Buttigieg to be secretary of transportation this week, many in the media gushed that Buttigieg will make history if he is confirmed by the Senate and becomes the first openly gay Cabinet member. There was less gushing about his nonexistent qualifications for the job. NPR even tweeted Buttigieg’s quote about his "personal love of transportation," prompting a wave of ridicule on Twitter. Biden apparently felt pressure to appoint his former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination to something, but clearly doesn’t want the 38-year-old former mayor of the fourth-largest city in Indiana close or in the limelight. PETE BUTTIGIEG, TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY NOMINEE, HAD A POTHOLE PROBLEM AS MAYOR But where could Biden put Mayor Pete? First, there were a series of reports that Buttigieg...
    Officials in New Mexico had to discard 75 doses of Pfizer Inc's coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday over temperature concerns.  According to a spokesman for Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham's office, the incident occurred when the vials were being transported from the state's Department of Health warehouse in Albuquerque to Union County General Hospital in Clayton. While en route, a digital gauge showed that the storage temperature for the vaccines was too warm. The vaccines have to be stored at nearly 100 degrees below zero, meaning it must either be kept in an ultra-cold freezer or on dry ice. 'We did have a minor incident with one of our 18 shipments when we observed a possible temperature change during transit,' spokesman Matt Nerzig said.  Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine vials were being transported in New Mexico when a digital gauge showed that the storage temperature for the vaccines was too warm. Pictured: St Vincent...
    NPR was slammed for a tweet suggesting Pete Buttigieg is qualified to serve as the nation’s transportation secretary because he enjoyed taking train rides in college and proposed to his husband in an airport terminal. “Pete Buttigieg, President-elect Biden's pick for transportation secretary, said he has 'a personal love of transportation,' recounting train trips on Amtrak while in college, and said he proposed to his now-husband, Chasten, in an airport terminal,” the NPR Politics tweet reads. Commenters immediately slammed the tweet, asking if it was satire and compared it to how the media treated the Trump administration in 2016. “2016 media: Trump is bringing in too many people with private sector resumes, they can’t possibly do government jobs, this is a threat to democracy,” conservative talk radio show host Buck Sexton said in response. “2020 media: OMG Mayor Pete likes train trips he should totally be transportation...