The new U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is focusing on transportation infrastructure as part of a COVID relief bill. While highways and roads receive attention, the FAA, which is part of the Department of Transportation, has aging infrastructure that should be included in any transportation relief bill.
According to a February 4th Reuters article, “New U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told Reuters on Thursday there are “very active” conversations between the White House, Congress and stakeholders about including assistance to the struggling transportation sector, which has sought more than $130 billion in a COVID-19 relief bill.”
The Coalition advocates for increase funding for aviation infrastructure. While airline workers need assistance, the ground infrastructure that provides safe navigation for pilots needs attention as well.
The article quoted Buttigieg, saying “with an eye to the future because every form of travel is evolving and the 2020s specifically I think will be a decade that has some of the swiftest changes and transformations that we’ve seen really in modern times.” The Coalition agrees.