Armed with $120 billion in grant money, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has started picking where to deploy his funds
By Ian Duncan
In recent weeks, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has begun announcing the first major projects to get funding from the $1 trillion infrastructure law.
The package handed Buttigieg and his team $120 billion to invest in projects around the country, an unusually high amount of discretion in a system that tends to leave most transportation decisions to state and local leaders. The U.S. Department of Transportation is prioritizing projects that would improve safety amid a spike in crash deaths, help to reduce carbon emissions, and create a fairer transportation system, especially in Black and Hispanic communities that have historically been overlooked.