Daily News Briefs, January 8, 2021

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USDOT Secretary Chao Resigns

The Washington Post reports, Elaine Chao’s tenure as USDOT secretary ends Monday, January 11. The department’s general counsel, Steven Bradbury, will serve as acting secretary for the remainder of the Donald Trump administration. Chao’s January 7 resignation letter said she was “deeply troubled” by the January 6 riot at the US Capitol instigated by a Trump speech. Critics, including Congressman Gerald Connolly (D-VA), reportedly “questioned Chao’s late change of heart toward the president.” Connolly stated, “I find it mystifying, if not ironic, that prominent Republicans suddenly find that this president could behave in a way that is dangerous to democracy. . . . Elaine Chao decides she’s had it, nine days before the swearing-in of a Democratic successor? That’s quite an act of principle and courage. Where have you been?”

Appointments, Promotions and Retirements US Department of Transportation (USDOT)

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Democrats Promise To Prioritize A Major Federal Infrastructure Initiative

Transport Topics reports, “Advancing a ‘big, bold’ infrastructure policy measure with an emphasis on climate change is a priority for President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, said [presumptive incoming Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer.” After a meeting with secretary-designate Pete Buttigieg, Schumer “said he shared the nominee’s strong interest in helping to produce a massive, transformative transportation package in the coming months. The infrastructure legislation would look to ameliorate heavy congestion along freight corridors, facilitate access to public transportation systems and expand programs linked to electric and autonomous vehicles. Schumer also said he promoted the need for ensuring employment opportunities across the transportation sector, as well as paving the way for a new tunnel network between New York and New Jersey.” (Links inserted by TRN)

Gateway Program (Northeast Corridor Rail Tunnel Project) Infrastructure Investment Trends New Jersey New York New York City US Department of Transportation (USDOT) US Gov't Transportation Funding

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TCA, Caltrans Plan (Virtual) Oso Bridge Ceremonial Opening

The Capistrano Dispatch reports, “An online grand opening to celebrate Oso Parkway Bridge will be simulcast at 10 a.m. on Jan. 13 through The Toll Roads’ Facebook and YouTube accounts. The six-lane bridge facilitates a connection between Los Patrones Parkway and State Route 241. . . . The Transportation Corridor Agencies, County of Orange, and Caltrans will host the event.”

California Caltrans (CA Department of Transportation) Transportation Corridor Agencies (CA)

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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