In December 2020, the Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation. At the age of 39, he became the youngest Secretary of Transportation in the U.S. history. As mayor of his hometown South Bend (Indiana), with $21 million, Pete led a revitalizing initiative called “Smart Streets”. In his race as a presidential candidate, his platform included a strategy to prevent traffic deaths and a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to expand public transportation and address climate change.
Pete Buttigieg has a budget of $90 billion and a team of 55k employees at his disposal. His priority, now, as Secretary of Transportation, is to ensure Americans safe travels on all public transportation systems affected by the pandemic.
Buttigieg’s DOT will play a key role in President Biden $2 trillion climate and infrastructure plan. The plan’s main purposes include achieving zero-emission public transportation and a higher federal standard for fuel economy, the expansion of electric vehicle infrastructure, and the rebuild of roads and bridges. However, the most concerning topics that need an urgent response from the Government are the disproportionate impact of pollution with consequent ongoing climate change, as well as the issues caused by transit disinvestment on some minority communities, that is not ensuring racial equity.
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