DOT Launches $1 Billion Racial Equity Pilot Program

Hopes to address intentional infrastructural segregation.

Last week, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced the launch of the Reconnecting Communities program, a $1 billion pilot program intended to reverse infrastructural racism from the 1950s. Cities, states, and the federal government used highways and rail lines to make it difficult to move between lower-class and upper-class neighborhoods, and the funding from this program will build bridges and tunnels to reconnect them.

“Transportation can connect us to jobs, services, and loved ones, but we‘ve also seen countless cases around the country where a piece of infrastructure cuts off a neighborhood or a community because of how it was built,” said Secretary Buttigieg. “Our focus isn’t about assigning blame. It isn’t about getting caught up in guilt. It’s about fixing a problem.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Buttigieg to be discerning as he oversees the programs of the Transportation Department.
  • For the transportation officials working to remedy the discriminatory infrastructure.
  • For the Lord to be glorified and His will accomplished through the program to reconnect communities.

Sources: AP, Department of Transportation


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