With a new administration in the White House, there are new appointees in the Department of Transportation. Here are the picks that have been announced so far.
First, there’s the top job. DOT Secretary must be confirmed by the Senate. Based off of his amiable hearing, it looks like Pete Buttigieg will be confirmed with no issues. But Buttigieg doesn’t have much experience with major policy initiatives in transportation.
That’s where Polly Trottenberg comes in. As deputy secretary of transportation, Trottenberg can help steer the ship. She is a veteran of the Obama-Biden administration and has a long record of pushing for additional funding to repair the nation’s roads and bridges. According to FreightWaves, Trottenberg also gets top marks from Republican appointees including former DOT secretary under President George W. Bush, Mary Peters.
For deputy administrator of the FMCSA, President Biden has appointed Meera Joshi. The former commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, Joshi is the highest-ranking permanent FMCSA official until an Administrator is nominated and confirmed by the Senate. No nominee has yet been named.