Transportation

PIRG, other consumer groups urge DOT Secretary Buttigieg to do more to protect consumers

Representatives of several leading U.S. consumer and traveler groups today met with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg to urge action on the most pressing consumer protection priorities affecting consumers flying commercial airlines. It was the first time representatives of consumer groups were granted a meeting with a U.S. Secretary of Transportation in nearly five years.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Transportation

Statement: Infrastructure must be a good deal for our health

A bipartisan group of senators met Tuesday afternoon to prepare for a vote planned Wednesday on a $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that aims to boost federal investment in U.S. infrastructure, including billions for roads, clean water and power infrastructure, according to media reports. 

PIRG advocates met with federal lawmakers and their aides from April 6-8 to make the case for a suite of transportation solutions.

Resource | Transportation

Letter of support for the INVEST Act of 2021

Past federal transportation investments have made it easier and cheaper to travel by car, but at a high cost. Transportation is now America's #1 source of carbon pollution; air pollution from transportation cuts short thousands of lives each year, and thousands more die in car crashes. That's why Environment America and U.S. PIRG support the INVEST in America Act of 2021, which would help transform transportation by investing in roads, bridges, transit, and walking and biking infrastructure with an emphasis on fixing existing infrastructure and reducing pollution that harms our health and our climate.

Progress Report: President Biden’s First 100 Days

By | Matt Casale
Director, Environment Campaigns

Our new progress report finds that despite the need to rebuild many federal agencies and tackle the COVID-19 crisis, the Biden administration has already taken numerous steps to restore environmental protections.

Nader's "Unsafe At Any Speed" 55th Anniversary!

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Today, on the 55th anniversary of Ralph Nader's landmark "Unsafe at Any Speed," about the built-in dangers of 1960s cars, as exemplified by the General Motors Corvair, his colleagues led by Joan Claybrook have published a new report: "Safer Vehicles and Highways: 4.2 million U.S. Lives Spared Since 1966." The report makes recommendations to President-elect Joe Biden about how to revitalize and strengthen the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which Claybrook ran during the Jimmy Carter administration.

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