Transportation Agency Leaders Promote Safety at Hearing

Agency administrators at the U.S. Department of Transportation outlined safety directives and proposals during a recent congressional hearing.

Administrators including Robin Hutcheson at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Shailen Bhatt from the Federal Highway Administration fielded questions from a Republican-led House panel Dec. 13. Lawmakers met to examine the implementation of 2021’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Bhatt pointed to the agency’s role in advancing safety initiatives. Funding such improvement programs stems primarily from the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law.

“FHWA has taken numerous actions supporting implementation of projects that improve safety and people’s lives, including distributing more than $180 billion in highway formula funding to states, and issuing notices of funding opportunity for approximately $14.7 billion in available funds,” Bhatt told the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “We are currently administering nearly 1,500 grants totaling approximately $10 billion across 15 discretionary programs, with more on the horizon.”

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