For immediate release: February 5, 2021

Metro GM Wiedefeld and frontline workers meet with U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg

Secretary Buttigieg

Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld, along with frontline workers from the transit agency, met today with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to discuss the importance of federal mask requirements on public transportation and the need for additional Covid-19 relief funding for transit agencies.

"Secretary Buttigieg's decision to prioritize meeting with frontline workers just two days after being sworn in is a promising sign for the transit industry as we work to recover from the pandemic and welcome customers back when they feel it's safe to ride with us again," Wiedefeld said. "Safety is at the top of everyone's minds as we continue to work through this challenging time, and we appreciate the steps the Department of Transportation has taken to mandate the wearing of face masks on mass transit nationwide. We welcome the Secretary's support to encourage all customers to wear face masks to protect themselves, other riders, and our employees, and we look forward to working with him and his team as we push for additional financial relief so we can continue providing safe, reliable service to help the region and our economy recover."