Foxx sworn in as DOT chief; LaHood bids farewell

Foxx sworn in as DOT chief;

[I]LaHood bids farewell[/I]

The new Secretary of Transportation, former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., Anthony Foxx, has been sworn in. He has said he would continue outgoing Secretary Ray LaHoods work on distracted driving and also push for more funding for the nations infrastructure.

We must work together across party lines to enhance this nations infrastructure, Foxx said when President Obama nominated him in April. As mayor of Charlotte, Foxx was known for his support of light rail.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, called Foxx a superb and qualified person who is very much needed to oversee our enormous transportation system, which is in trouble, according to The Hill.

In LaHoods farewell at the National Press Club, LaHood said two of his proudest achievements were the cash for clunkers program and raising the fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. His final blog post focused on the need for a variety of transportation choices in addition to cars, but he noted we know that people will continue to drive cars. He mentioned that DOT is looking at vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or cars talking to cars.

Asked at the Press Club about DOTs shift in focus away from cars, LaHood said, It seems like theyre selling a heck of a lot of cars these days, reports The Hill. But the kind of vehicles that people drive, I believe, will change dramatically. By 2025, every family in America will likely have some kind of hybrid. Outgoing DOT Secretary LaHood, a speaker at the last two Washington Auto Show Press Days, remains an advocate of robust advanced technology in the auto industry.

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