Passenger Transport Express - 02/03/2017 (Plain Text Version)
Chao Sworn In as DOT Secretary
Elaine Chao was sworn in as DOT secretary by Vice President Mike Pence, right, on Jan. 31 after the Senate approved her nomination earlier in the day. Also in attendance were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chao’s husband, left, and her father, James S.C. Chao. In a statement, APTA Chair Doran J. Barnes and APTA Acting President & CEO Richard A. White said, “The public transportation industry is ready to work with Secretary Chao on an array of public transportation issues in order to advance public transportation nationwide. We look forward to working with Secretary Chao on President Trump’s infrastructure initiative to ensure that working people have access to jobs and communities maintain their economic competitiveness." Chao previously served as DOT deputy secretary in the George H.W. Bush administration and Department of Labor secretary in the George W. Bush administration, making her the first Asian-American woman to serve in a Cabinet-level position. For additional details about Chao’s background, click here. (Photo courtesy of USDOT)
Letter to Trump Stresses Surface Infrastructure Investment, HTF
APTA, many public transit agency members and related groups are among the signatories of a letter to President Trump emphasizing the importance of surface transportation in his plans to rebuild U.S. infrastructure.
New York MTA Names Hakim Interim Executive Director
Veronique (Ronnie) Hakim, president of MTA New York City Transit since 2015, has been named interim executive director of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo following the Jan. 31 retirement of Tom Prendergast, who served the agency for 25 years, including as chairman and CEO.
SAVE THE DATE
Come to Washington March 12-14 for APTA’s 2017 Legislative Conference to learn about the new administration’s plans for infrastructure and other legislative and policy issues important to public transit professionals. Speakers are expected to include administration officials, members of Congress, staffers and Washington opinion makers. Register now! [return to top]
IN THE MEDIA
What’s in a Name? Plenty, say Nebraska public transit fans who applauded a new name change from the Department of Roads to the Department of Transportation.