Roads, transit and tech: How Buttigieg plans to localize the federal transportation agenda

He has pledged new federal automotive fuel economy standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and install 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations nationwide by 2030. He wants to move forward on long-awaited federal rules governing autonomous vehicles.

Touting his expansion of bike lanes in South Bend, he will seek to double the funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program, which funds biking and walking mobility. And he has floated funding the Federal Transit Administration at $150 billion, an almost 13-fold increase from its current budget of $12 billion.

“He’s going in the same direction as we are,” said Stan Caldwell, adjunct associate professor of transportation and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

“He understands the impact of transportation not just as the movement of people and goods but as community and economic development for a city, and how important it is to a city and a region,” Mr. Caldwell said.