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A New Sheriff in Town

The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) lacks the money to deploy new
air traffic control equipment at a time
when the skies are full and the system
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx takes the reigns
is stressed. Moreover, Amtrak is still a
from Ray LaHood at the DOT By Clyde Hart
significant problem. It does not cover its
costs, and in this its record-breaking year
does not come close to transporting the
Before long, he was elected twice to the
s this is written, the
number of travelers who use motorcoachCharlotte City Council and then twice
United States Senes and buses. Even more troubling, any
elected mayor—his second term ends this
ate Committee on
investment in Amtrak, even without the
year. As mayor, Foxx was a proponent of
Commerce, Science,
promise of high-speed rail, will cost biltransit and transit-oriented development
and Transportation
lions to develop and even more to operate
in the Queen City. He led the developis just concluding its
with subsidies likely for any rail passenger
ment of a light-rail system, called the
hearing on the nomination by President
service for the foreseeable future.
“Lynx,” that today carries some 15,000
Obama of Anthony Foxx to be the next
Secretary Foxx will also have to deal
riders daily in and around Charlotte. Foxx
United States Secretary of Transportawas also a proponent of expanded bus ser- with the Water Resources Development
tion. Foxx currently serves as the Mayor
Act—which largely deals with ports and
vice in the City and most controversially,
of Charlotte, NC. It is generally felt that
inland waterways and the loomFoxx acquitted himself well at the hearing championed a $119 million
ing deadline for the succesCharlotte streetcar project.
and that there is nothing in his financial
sor to MAP-21, the last
Foxx’s support of light
disclosure report, personal history, or
transportation reaurail, streetcars, and
his political resume that would prevent
thorization bill signed
transit-oriented dehis confirmation to replace the current
less than a year ago.
velopment puts him
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood,
There are other
on the same path as
who is stepping down after five years in
problems on the horiObama and the curthe job. The New York Times political
zon. The Brookings
blog—The Caucus—headlined the hearing rent DOT Secretary.
Institution has a new
As does his support
with: “Transportation Nominee Sails
book titled “Confrontfor high-speed rail. He
Through Confirmation Hearing” just
Anthony Foxx
ing Suburban Poverty in
embraced Obama’s prominutes after the hearing ended. The
America.” The connection
posal for an infrastructure
respected Politico Pro Transportation
with transportation is that the
bank and the competitive grant
report noted: “…if our reporting is any
distance between home and work adds
program known as TIGER, which is
indication, Foxx might trot right through
importance to the availability and cost
set to award more than $400 million.
to the big chair at DOT HQ in Southeast
of transportation in suburban cities and
And of course, his stance on these isWashington…” Given that his prospects
towns. All of these issues will be front
sues was part of why President Obama
for confirmation are bright and the issues
and center for the next secretary.
nominated him for the post. But there
that he will have to tackle are so momenFoxx said all the right things at the
are other issues that the nation’s Transtous, it is time to review Foxx, his record,
hearing. He emphasized his commitment
portation Secretary must face, and Foxx
the controversies he will inherit, and his
to safety, his eagerness to work with the
has little experience on national transtake on solutions to the transportation
Congress, and his willingness to bring
portation issues.
issues we all face.
“together a wide variety of stakeholders”
Some indication of what lies ahead for
Anthony Foxx was born and raised in
to find solutions. He also seemed to try
Foxx could be gleaned from questions by
Charlotte by his mother and maternal
to find a “middle ground” in a lot of the
the members of the Commerce Commitgrandparents. He graduated from nearby
proposals that have been raised as ways
tee. Senator Rockefeller, the committee
Davidson College where he was student
to increase transportation spending. He
chairman, noted: “this is a tumultuous
body president and earned a Juris Doctor
specifically referred to “tolling” highways
time of constrained resources,” and the
degree from New York University three
as one partial solution to transportation
failure of the funds in the Highway Trust
years later. After stints as a law clerk to
Fund to keep up with investment in trans- spending. Likewise, he had much the
a U.S. Appellate court judge, a United
same view of the infrastructure bank.
portation infrastructure will be a serious
States Department of Justice attorney
To all of this we can only say, “welcome
impediment to maintaining the Interstate
and a Congressional staffer, he returned
to Washington, Secretary Foxx.”
Highway System.
to Charlotte and began a political career.

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At the Fifty
The Thrill Is On
Leder(hosen) of the Pack
The Masters of Disaster
Sea for Yourself
Reaching Out
All About Safety
In Their Honor
A New Sheriff in Town
The Beach is Back
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