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Statement from MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye on Confirmation of Pete Buttigieg as U.S. Transportation Secretary

Updated February 2, 2021 7:05 p.m.

“We congratulate Secretary Buttigieg on his overwhelming and bipartisan Senate confirmation and look forward to working with him, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and the Biden administration to revive mass transit and support economic recovery from this unprecedented crisis.

“There is much we can accomplish together quickly, including: helping to secure additional federal emergency aid for transit systems nationwide; investing together in new transit capital projects like Second Avenue Subway Phase 2; improving access to transit for customers of all abilities and incomes; advancing climate goals by promoting mass transit usage; and accelerating federal reviews of critical projects, such as the MTA’s needlessly delayed Central Business District Tolling program. We are excited to hit the ground running so that public transportation can power the nation’s economic rebound.”