New DOT Chief Led Charlotte in Building Transportation Infrastructure

The US brought in its 17th Sec­re­tary of Trans­porta­tion months after Ray LaHood announced his plans to vacate the seat. Char­lotte May­or Antho­ny Foxx was sworn in as DOT Sec­re­tary on July 2, and had been con­firmed in a unan­i­mous 100–0 vote in the US Sen­ate on June 27. Foxx will con­tin­ue to focus on safe­ty and will also work on enhanc­ing the effi­cien­cy and per­for­mance of the nation’s cur­rent trans­porta­tion sys­tem along with adding to the infra­struc­ture for future gen­er­a­tions.

Foxx had served as the may­or of Char­lotte, NC, from 2009 to 2013. He played a key role in mak­ing effi­cient and inno­v­a­tive trans­porta­tion invest­ments; it served as the cen­ter­piece for the city’s job cre­ation and eco­nom­ic recov­ery efforts. Foxx had served in the city coun­cil pri­or to becom­ing may­or, and had chaired the Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee. He was part of the Char­lotte extend­ing its LYNX light rail sys­tem, the expan­sion of Dou­glas Inter­na­tion­al Air­port, and the start­up of the Char­lotte Street­car project.

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