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Senate Confirms Foxx to Head U.S. DOT

Last week, Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx was confirmed by a vote of 100–0 to serve as the 17th Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). Foxx replaces former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who emerged as one of the nation’s most vocal champions for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Foxx will head an agency faced with many budget challenges, including mandatory sequestration cuts and decreasing highway trust-fund revenue.

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As mayor of Charlotte, Foxx was a champion of transit-oriented and walkable development. Federal budget constraints may make translating this work to the federal level challenging. As Congress begins work reauthorizing the surface transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which expires October 1, 2014, ASLA is hopeful that Secretary Foxx will work to promote and implement active transportation policies that offer critical alternatives and healthy transportation options for communities across the country.

For more on ASLA’s transportation priorities, visit ASLA’s I Advocate [web page](

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