With a talent pool to choose from that has included former city Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg or former Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg, President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly picked former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for Secretary of Transportation.
If confirmed, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay member of a president’s cabinet overseeing a transportation agency with a $90 billion budget with questions of whether or not a Biden administration will green-light a number of New York City-related projects such as congestion pricing.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Feinberg said she is “massively supportive of the president-elect, I’m sure he’s made a good decision here.”
Riders Alliance Executive Director Betsy Plum gave the decision a nod in the hopes that the former mayor’s understanding of transportation infrastructure as a critical need for city dwellers will help New Yorkers transform the five boroughs.
“As a former mayor, he knows the importance of investing in safer, more efficient interstate roads and bridges, and in the connections provided by a secure rail network. President-elect Biden has chosen the right person to lead on delivering the promise of clean energy and electric vehicles, on creating new union jobs, and on investments in environmental justice – all of which are inextricably intertwined within our transportation infrastructure,” Murphy said.
Danny Harris, Transportation Alternatives Executive Director, said the nation would benefit from adopting a vision Zero initiative as well as helping to deliver funding the city and the state for transit improvements.
“We are excited to see Mayor Pete Buttigieg as the next Secretary of Transportation. It is critical that the Biden administration green light congestion pricing, fully fund public transit, and promote safe street design, including a national Vision Zero policy, nationwide,” Harris said. “Mayor Buttigieg is an experienced leader, and we look forward to him advancing this critical work for New York and cities across the country.”
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