Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has said that he will make "equity" the focus of his term as Secretary of Transportation.
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has said the federal government's role in building a transportation system — often cutting through minority neighborhoods to build freeways — has created inequality.
He was confirmed as secretary of transportation earlier this month.
"We recognize how misguided investments and missed opportunities for federal transportation policies have reinforced racial and economic inequality," Buttigieg told a African American Mayors Association. "The wrong kind of investment can divide or isolate neighborhoods."
On February 4, Transportation Equity Day and Rosa Park's birthday, Buttigieg said that he was committed to equity in transportation.
Buttigieg may be hoping the secretary's position can help him smooth over previous criticism.
Buttigieg was slammed during his presidential campaign for how he handled a police-involved shooting in South Bend, prompting some Black Lives Matter activists to accuse him of being "anti-black and anti-poor" during his tenure as mayor. BLM activists also pushed back on his appointment to secretary of transportation.