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Foxx talks transportation needs in Connecticut, Minnesota

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 23, 2013 @ 11:30 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

Anthony Foxx (Photo: MGN Online via KSTP) [1]

Anthony Foxx (Photo: MGN Online via KSTP [2])

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday took his first official trips [3], visiting New Haven, Connecticut, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Foxx, who officially took on his new role as DOT chief earlier this month [4], discussed transportation needs in each city he traveled to.

The Connecticut trip was focused on rail safety, according to a report from The Courant [5]. Foxx said he had promised Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) he would travel to the state to lobby for rail safety funds following the Metro-North derailment that occurred in May.

However, Foxx did not guarantee any funding for the state’s New Haven-to-Springfield commuter rail project, promising only that the USDOT is “evaluating options” for providing money for the project.

“I heard the message loud and clear about how much of a priority this is for the state,” Foxx said during a press conference at Union Station. “We understand how important this is.”

While in Minnesota, Foxx met with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and other local officials to talk about the state’s transportation needs, the Twin Cities’ KSTP reported [2].

Foxx’s trip to Minnesota also included a visit to the rebuilt I-35W bridge, which highlighted infrastructure problems in the U.S. when it collapsed in 2007.

Foxx talks transportation needs in Connecticut, Minnesota

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 23, 2013 @ 11:30 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

Anthony Foxx (Photo: MGN Online via KSTP) [1]

Anthony Foxx (Photo: MGN Online via KSTP [2])

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday took his first official trips [3], visiting New Haven, Connecticut, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Foxx, who officially took on his new role as DOT chief earlier this month [4], discussed transportation needs in each city he traveled to.

The Connecticut trip was focused on rail safety, according to a report from The Courant [5]. Foxx said he had promised Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) he would travel to the state to lobby for rail safety funds following the Metro-North derailment that occurred in May.

However, Foxx did not guarantee any funding for the state’s New Haven-to-Springfield commuter rail project, promising only that the USDOT is “evaluating options” for providing money for the project.

“I heard the message loud and clear about how much of a priority this is for the state,” Foxx said during a press conference at Union Station. “We understand how important this is.”

While in Minnesota, Foxx met with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and other local officials to talk about the state’s transportation needs, the Twin Cities’ KSTP reported [2].

Foxx’s trip to Minnesota also included a visit to the rebuilt I-35W bridge, which highlighted infrastructure problems in the U.S. when it collapsed in 2007.


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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/07/anthonyfoxxmgn.jpg

[2] via KSTP: http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3105038.shtml

[3] took his first official trips: http://www.equipmentworld.com/foxx-to-travel-offer-testimony-for-first-time-as-transportation-secretary/

[4] officially took on his new role as DOT chief earlier this month: http://www.equipmentworld.com/anthony-foxx-sworn-in-as-secretary-of-transportation/

[5] according to a report from The Courant: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-federal-rail-safety-0723-20130722,0,1860231.story

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