Buttigieg pushes for rail safety, touts infrastructure bill in Pittsburgh visit

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Pittsburgh on Friday to tout funding for improvement projects along the Parkway East corridor, part of the Biden Administration’s signature infrastructure funding effort…

Buttigieg attended a town hall at Carnegie Mellon University before holding a press conference with local elected leaders in Swissvale to celebrate the $142 million in federal funds earmarked for the region…

At town hall event earlier Friday with students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Buttigieg promoted the Biden administration’s efforts to address transportation issues.

He said he was proud of the jump in air travel following the pandemic, signs of a decrease in road deaths after a recent peak, the progress on upgrades at Pittsburgh International Airport, and increased testing, rules and regulations in rail safety following the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment.

Buttigieg said the transportation department also recently finalized a rule to ensure that rail workers have breathing apparatus available and ensured minimum crew sizes on large trains.

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