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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Appointed as US Transportation Secretary

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    What You Need to Know About Obama’s Transportation Pick Anthony Foxx

    By Matt Vasilogambros

    April 29, 2013 | 12:40 p.m.

    President Obama said he will nominate Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to replace Ray LaHood as the next transportation secretary on Monday.

    Here’s what you need to know about Foxx:

    It’s a smart move politically for the White House. Not only does this give the president another minority on his cabinet, but this move also boosts a rising star in the Democratic Party. Well-regarded in his state, Democratic strategists have said that Foxx, 41, could run for governor or the Senate in the coming years. He recently passed up an earlier opportunity to run for higher office when then-Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, decided not to seek reelection.

    READ MORE: http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/what-you-need-to-know-about-obama-s-transportation-pick-anthony-foxx-20130429



    Monday, April 29, 2013 8 Comments
    Meet Your Next Transportation Secretary
    by Tanya Snyder

    Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx just accepted President Obama’s nomination to be the next transportation secretary. Foxx has only been mayor since 2009, and the city was already heading in the right direction. Charlotte’s light-rail system, LYNX, launched in 2007, and its complete streets policy won an award before he took office. But Foxx has also made his own mark.

    As mayor, Foxx oversaw the extension of the city’s one light rail line, a project which will nearly double the Blue Line’s length and extend it to the UNC-Charlotte campus by 2018. He’s also been a champion for Charlotte’s downtown streetcar project, which currently consists of just a short starter line but which Foxx and local transit advocates want to turn into a 10-mile route in Center City to spur more walkable development. He hasn’t been able to convince the City Council to support it, but the White House has supported the project to the tune of $25 million.

    READ MORE: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/04/29/meet-your-next-transportation-secretary/



    Seems like a good pick. The League of American Bicyclists is supportive:

    News via League of American Bicyclists:
    When Secretary LaHood announced his departure, the bicycling community asked the White House to appoint a successor with a clear commitment to multi-modal solutions to local transportation challenges, and Mayor Foxx clearly checks those boxes. Under his leadership, Charlotte has invested in light rail, a bikeway network, and a bikesharing system; the city’s Complete Streets approach to building a transportation system that serves all users is a model for the nation. He clearly understands the importance of biking and walking to creating a vibrant and economically successful community where businesses want to locate; where people want to live, raise a family and retire; and where people have a real choice of transportation modes. Cities are the economic engine of the nation and Mayor Foxx knows firsthand the importance of providing an efficient and equitable transportation system that offers real choices while also addressing the health and safety of its residents. We look forward to working with Mayor Foxx in his new role. – Andy Clarke



    Mysterious Anthony Foxx: Who Is Obama’s New Transportation Secretary and What Will He Do?
    May 8, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    When President Obama announced Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as his nominee for Secretary of Transportation last week, the New York Times noted the pick for adding “a rising young African-American from the South to balance out a cabinet criticized for a lack of diversity,” and The Washington Post pointed out that if Foxx is confirmed, “the Cabinet may be getting a little spryer,” as the 42-year-old would be the Cabinet’s youngest member. But neither of these descriptions tells us anything about what Mr. Foxx would do, if confirmed, as Obama’s new Secretary of Transportation.

    READ MORE: http://www.good.is/posts/mysterious-anthony-foxx-who-is-obama-s-new-transportation-secretary-and-what-will-he-do/



    Green Foxx?: The Man Who May Head Up U.S. Transportation Dept Loves Public Transit
    May 13, 2013 at 3:00 AM
    By: Alex Goldmark

    President Barack Obama’s choice as the next head of the U.S Department of Transportation is a young urban mayor with a short track record and a fondness for transit.

    READ MORE: http://www.good.is/posts/green-foxx-the-man-who-may-head-up-u-s-transportation-dept-loves-public-transit/

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