Current, former DDOT directors join the presidential transition team

Greater Greater Washington By Caitlin Rogger

November 12, 2020

District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Jeff Marootian and a former holder of the same position, Gabe Klein, have been appointed to President-Elect Joe Biden’s transportation transition team. The 18-person group, which also includes Polly Trottenberg, NYC’s DOT Director, could indicate a renewed focus on cities’ transportation needs and an appetite for sustainability- and equity-focused transportation policy.

What do transition teams do?

The Biden-Harris transition team said in its announcement: “The teams have been crafted to ensure they not only reflect the values and priorities of the incoming administration, but reflect the diversity of perspectives crucial for addressing America’s most urgent and complex challenges.”

Members are expected to help inform the new administration’s decisions about what transportation issues to prioritize (for example, safety and regional rail), and vet key appointments and other staffing decisions.

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