U.S. DOT Secretary Chao Announces Creation of New Transportation Council
In her remarks at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the creation of the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
According to a press release, the council will be an “internal deliberative body” at the U.S. DOT that will identify and resolve issues impeding the deployment of new technology, including tunneling, hyperloop and autonomous vehicles.
The creation of the council offers a way for emerging technologies to discuss plans and proposals that might not fit into the DOT’s existing regulatory structure. Currently, the DOT has 11 administrations, with each presiding over certain environmental and regulatory approvals.
“New technologies increasingly straddle more than one mode of transportation, so I’ve signed an order creating a new internal Department council to better coordinate the review of innovation that have multi-modal applications,” said Secretary Chao.
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