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Senate Confirms Foxx as DOT Secretary; APTA Releases Statement

The Senate voted unanimously June 27 to confirm Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as secretary of transportation, succeeding Ray LaHood.

“On behalf of the 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the U.S. citizens who took 10.5 billion rides on public transit in 2012, I congratulate Anthony Foxx on his confirmation as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Our industry is ready to work with him to advance public transportation nationwide so we can meet the growing demand,” said APTA Chair Flora Castillo in a statement released following the announcement.

APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy added: “APTA looks forward to working with incoming Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to pass the next federal surface transportation bill, which will need a balanced transportation system approach in which public transportation plays a vital role.”

As the chair of the Metropolitan Transit Commission in Charlotte, Foxx successfully led efforts to advance regional transportation initiatives, including breaking ground on the streetcar project and a third runway at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and securing $1 billion in funding to extend LYNX Blue Line light rail to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Foxx’s biography appears here. The full text of the APTA statement is available here.

Also this week, outgoing DOT Secretary Ray LaHood spoke about the importance of infrastructure investments during an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

“If we want to get back to being No. 1, we need the investments,” LaHood said. “We need the vision for completing high-speed rail like we did with President [Dwight] Eisenhower's plan to build a national highway system, we need to fix up 50-year-old transit systems and fix our roads ... And part of the alternatives are opportunities to take advantage of the Chicago River and living in sustainable communities, whether you are talking light rail or Bus Rapid Transit. Not every community wants a streetcar. But Washington, DC, does. Atlanta does. Cincinnati does. Detroit does.”

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From left, outgoing DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, President Obama, and newly confirmed DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx.

 
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