Transportation Sec’y Elaine Chao’s admin does not take messages

A few persistent volunteers have called for Transportation Secretary Chao at the US Department of Transportation at 202-366-4000 to urge the Secretary to approve Caltrain electrification funding without delay. Some have gotten through to Secretary Chao’s office, only to be told by the admin that she does not take messages from citizens for the Transportation Secretary.

If you haven’t yet, you can quickly and easily send a customized letter to Secretary Chao urging her to approve the $647 Million grant for Caltrain electrification without delay. As you have probably seen, the electrification project is at risk due to false claims in DC about this popular, highly-ranked project that will provide faster, more frequent, less crowded commute service.   Hundreds have already sent letters to the Transportation Secretary – if you haven’t yet, please send your letter now.

If you have the time and patience, you can also try calling to leave a message for the Transportation Secretary through the switchboard at 202-366-4000.  If you take the time to try this, please be polite to the admins answering the phones, because the admins didn’t ask to have bosses who are not doing their job in listening to constituents.

If you get through, please let us know what happens in comments below.

Thanks for your letters and calls. It’s important for the administration to hear from us.

By Kabelleger / David Gubler ( - Own work:, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By Kabelleger / David Gubler ( – Own work:, CC BY-SA 3.0,