Incoming Biden administration picks Polly Trottenberg as US Deputy Secretary of Transportation


Polly Trottenberg, who only recently stepped down as NYC transportation commissioner, is now set to take on a new role, as US president-elect Joe Biden has nominated her as the next US Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

Once officially appointed, Trottenberg, who made her name as a champion of safety during her time at NYCDOT, overseeing a Vision Zero initiative and building more bike lanes, will work directly with new Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

ITS America’s president and CEO Shailen Bhatt welcomed the appointment. “ITS America applauds Polly Trottenberg’s nomination as Deputy Secretary for Transportation,” he says. “She has a depth of experience and understanding for how technology plays a key role in reducing the epidemic of deaths on our roadways, improving congestion, cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the sector, and creating an equitable 21st century transportation system.

“Polly and I have worked closely together at USDOT under President Obama and during her tenure as NYCDOT commissioner, and ITS America was privileged to have her as a board member. After her confirmation, we look forward to working with her, Secretary designate Buttigieg, and the DOT team to move toward ITS America’s vision of a better future transformed by intelligent mobility – one that is safer, greener, and smarter.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).