Topic : Elaine L. Chao

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Chao acknowledges President trying to block funding for transit project

Government Issues| March 7, 2018

She said New York and New Jersey "have no skin in the game" and need to pony up more money to help pay for the project.

FRA makes $73M available for rail capital projects, ops assistance

Rail| February 16, 2018

The grants are expected to leverage private, state, and local investments to boost a wide range of rail projects, including the potential for implementing PTC.

Security and Safety | January 4, 2018

Feds say railroads must meet PTC deadline

The implementation of PTC was postponed by Congress, which extended a deadline to have the systems in place from 2015 until December of this year and left open the possibility of an additional extension to 2020.

Government Issues| November 15, 2017

U.S. DOT publishes rule to enhance safety, combat opioid epidemic

The ability to test for a broader range of opioids will advance transportation safety significantly and provide another deterrence to opioid abuse, which will better protect the public and ultimately save lives, according to Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Government Issues| October 12, 2017

Secretary Chao reminds APTA crowd about FTA safety oversight deadline

Federal law requires states with rail transit systems to establish an FTA-certified SSO Program by April 15, 2019 or risk having federal funds to public transportation agencies throughout that state withheld until certification is achieved.

Management & Operations| August 29, 2017

Maryland's Purple Line light rail project lands $900M in federal funding

The light rail line will make travel across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties faster and more reliable for thousands of Maryland residents, improving access to major business and activity centers in the state’s most populated counties.

Rail| July 6, 2017

New York lands $537M TIFIA loan for train hall redevelopment

The Moynihan Train Hall will benefit the entire North East Corridor service area, as two-thirds of all NEC rail trips currently pass through Penn Station.

Motorcoach| March 23, 2017

UMA celebrates FMCSA withdrawal of Safety Fitness Determination rule

Association not only filed vigorous comments with the agency against the "flawed proposal," but its lobbying efforts resulted in a provision being inserted in the FY 17 Department of Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill, prohibiting the proposal from being finalized.

Government Issues| March 22, 2017

Minn. legislators write letter asking feds to deny $900M in rail funding

Even though cities spanning the proposed 14-mile Southwest Corridor light rail line have signed off, the legislators opposing the project say there are too many legal and financial uncertainties, as well as ridership questions for it to move forward.

Government Issues| March 20, 2017

Calif. transit leaders denounce Trump's crippling cuts to transportation

Budget cuts are achieved by zeroing out federal support for Amtrak’s long-distance train services, limiting federal funding for the FTA’s Capital Investment Program to projects with an existing FFGA, and eliminating funding for the TIGER discretionary grant program.


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