Buttigieg in CMU student forum: ‘The future will be brighter’

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said he’d been looking for an opportunity to visit Carnegie Mellon University, a place he considers an idea factory that last year was named as one of the country’s five National University Transportation Centers.

Buttigieg got his chance Friday, when he was in the Pittsburgh area to celebrate a $142.3 million grant for road and busway improvements. He added a side trip to the university to participate in a town hall to hear ideas about the future of transportation infrastructure from engineering students who work with the national center known as Safety21…

“We believe your insights will help us save lives,” Buttigieg told students.

In the forum, Buttigieg wasn’t disappointed.

In more than an hour at Cohon University Center with Safety21 director, professor Raj Rajkumar, Buttigieg took questions and suggestions from students that ranged from how his appointment as the first openly gay cabinet member has shaped his transportation perspective to airline flight delay payments, increased technology, the use of artificial intelligence in transportation and airline mergers.

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