Mayor Swearengin Applauds Nomination of Anthony Foxx As U.S. Transportation Secretary
Fresno, CA – Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin today applauded President Obama’s nomination of Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as the U.S. Transportation Secretary.

“I am so pleased that the President has chosen a fellow mayor and good friend as Secretary of Transportation,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Anthony Foxx understands the key role transportation infrastructure plays in unlocking economic growth in our cities and our nation. I look forward to working with Secretary Foxx on transportation issues of local, regional and national significance.”

Mayor Swearengin said those key projects include transportation improvements in downtown Fresno that will stimulate private investment; Fresno’s role as the birthplace of high-speed rail in the United States; Fresno’s Bus Rapid Transit project; addressing issues related to Highway 99, the most heavily truck-trafficked north-south corridor west of the Mississippi; and upgrades to the region’s freight system to serve the Fresno in its position as the food capital of the world.

Mayor Swearengin also praised outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for his commitment to working with Fresno area leaders. Secretary LaHood visited Fresno in February 2012 to meet with local stakeholders regarding high-speed rail and other transportation issues.

“Secretary Ray LaHood has been a wonderful friend to Fresno and has truly understood the importance of transportation to our future,” Mayor Swearengin said. “I thank Secretary LaHood for his public service and for the vision he brought to helping cities address their transportation issues.”

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