US Transportation Secretary Chao touts federal CARES Act funding benefits for Pittsburgh International Airport, Port Authority transit

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is spotlighting how local transportation and related jobs are benefiting from millions of dollars of federal help for dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. She says Pittsburgh International Airport is a major beneficiary of efforts to blunt the pandemic’s impact on aviation and transportation jobs.

“$36 million dollars for the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County airports. A large part of that went for payroll,” Chao told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

She said the Port Authority of Allegheny County has also gotten federal help through the federal coronavirus relief bill to keep public transportation rolling and alive…

Regarding transportation’s future and the development of autonomous vehicles or driverless cars, the research and development happening here in Pittsburgh has Chao’s attention.

“I think Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh should be so proud of the work Carnegie Mellon is doing on AVs. I’ve been to Carnegie Mellon more than one time. They are really leading the nation in terms of autonomous vehicles research,” Chao said.