After first indicating he’ll follow “the bipartisan approach that I believe made Secretary LaHood so effective at DOT,” Foxx said he would focus on three key areas:
“Ensuring that our transportation system is the safest in the world will be my top priority, as it has been for Secretary LaHood, the dedicated DOT workforce, and this Committee.
My second focus will be on improving the efficiency and performance of our existing transportation system. Cutting edge transportation leaders across the country are finding new ways to boost productivity through better use of technology, data, economic analysis, and private sector innovation, such as public-private partnerships, to bring more private sector capital – and innovation — into the infrastructure market.
Third, we must build this country’s infrastructure to meet the needs of the next generation of Americans. The private sector cannot do this alone, and the federal government has a responsibility to help ensure our global competitiveness, by investing in a robust, multimodal transportation system, a stronger national freight network, and key innovations like NextGen and advanced roadway and rail technology. As a Mayor who has delivered projects to my constituents, I know too well that future uncertainty at the Federal level makes it difficult to do smart, cost- effective long-term planning and project development.
We also need investments and policies that promote opportunity, enhance quality of life, promote environmental sustainability, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.”
Larry Ehl is the founder and publisher of Transportation Issues Daily. In the public sector, Larry was Federal Relations Manager for Washington State DOT; Chief of Staff to US Senator Slade Gorton; and was twice elected to the Edmonds School Board.