US High Speed Rail Association

Foxx Confirmed as New DOT Secretary

The U.S. High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) is pleased to announce the confirmation of the next U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx to take the helm at the nation's transportation agency.

As mayor of one of the nation's fastest growing cities, Anthony Foxx has been on the front lines delivering transportation services to the public, boosting economic growth, and creating jobs. Foxx has been the mayor of Charlotte since 2009.

During his time as mayor, Foxx worked to improve the local transportation systems while strengthening the economy and improving the quality of life in Charlotte. When nominating Foxx, President Obama stated "Since Anthony took office, they have broken ground on a new streetcar project that is going to bring modern electric tram service to the downtown area, they have expanded the international airport, and they are extending the city's light rail system. All of that has not only helped to create new jobs, it has helped Charlotte become more attractive to business" added the President.

"We congratulate Mayor Foxx on his confirmation," said USHSR President Andy Kunz. "His experience at the local city level is extremely valuable in shaping national transportation policy. We look forward to working with him to advance high speed rail and Transit Oriented Development throughout America, across party lines." Upon his nomination, Foxx promised to continue the work of Secretary LaHood, and added "there is no such thing as a Democratic or Republican road, bridge, port, airfield or rail system. We must work together across party lines to enhance this nation's infrastructure."

Congresswoman Corrine Brown, who sits on the powerful House Transportation Committee was equally excited saying "It's great news for all those in transportation. We look forward to working with Mr. Foxx."

Rod Diridon, chairman of the USHSR Advisory Board stated "Transportation Secretary Foxx is a seasoned, no-nonsense leader who's record of support for sustainable transportation, including high speed rail, has been well earned by his policies as the Mayor of Charlotte and his staunch support for the President. He also has the confidence of the US Conference of Mayors, a powerful, bi-partisan element of our national advocacy community supporting infrastructure investments."