U.S. Department of Transportation

Gen. Stephen R. Lyons (retired)

Lyons Tapped for Supply Chain Task Force

The White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) have appointed retired Gen. Stephen R. Lyons as Port and Supply Chain Envoy to the Biden administration’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

Industry to USDOT: Use IIJA Funds to Address Supply Chain Issues

Nearly 60 transportation, manufacturing and construction industry groups are calling on U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to “dedicate as much as allowable by law in discretionary grants for FY 2022 to support projects that will facilitate and ease the movement of goods.”

PHMSA Issues $1MM Proposed Civil Penalty to Colonial Pipeline

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on May 5 issued a proposed civil penalty of $986,400 to Colonial Pipeline Company for “multiple probable violations of federal pipeline safety regulations stemming from an inspection of the company’s Control Room Management procedures.” A Notice of Probable Violation (NOPV) released to Colonial Pipeline “alleges that failures to adequately plan and prepare for a manual restart and shutdown operation contributed to the national impacts when the [Colonial] pipeline remained out of service after the May 2021 cyber-attack,” PHMSA reported.

Norman Yoshio Mineta died May 3. He was 90.

Norman Yoshio Mineta, 1931-2022

Norman Yoshio Mineta, the first Asian American to run the U.S. Department of Transportation and the agency’s longest-serving leader (2001-06), died May 3. He was 90.

Federal Judge Halts Mask Mandate for Transportation, DOJ Appeals (UPDATED)

A Florida judge on April 18 struck down a federal mandate requiring mask use on public transportation and at transportation hubs. While railroads were deciding whether to keep the mandate in place until May 3 or make mask-wearing optional, the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 20 filed an appeal. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is weighing in.

Aerial view of Pier B, courtesy of Port of Long Beach.

Feds OK Port of Long Beach Pier B Proposal

The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) approving the Port of Long Beach’s planned $1.547 billion Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility project.

Portal North—part of the massive Gateway Program, which will eventually double rail capacity between Newark, N.J., and New York—will replace the 110-year-old Portal Bridge, a mechanical-trouble-plagued swing bridge built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1910 as part of its New York Improvements project.
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Portal North Builder Gets Official ‘Go’ From NJT

New Jersey Transit has issued a “Notice to Proceed” to Skanska/Traylor Bros PNB Joint Venture (STJV) for construction of Portal North Bridge, which is slated to take approximately five and a half years to complete.