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Volume 11, Edition 12

Volume 11, Edition 12 (posted 12/29/2008)

Well here we are at the end of the year.  Time does fly. We are keeping this one extra short as our year in review report will be coming to you shortly.  Hope your holidays were pleasant and we wish you prosperity and peace in the coming year.

NEW DOT LEADER – President Elect Obama has tapped Illinois Representative Raymond Lahood as the next head of the DOT. If confirmed he should be a busy man, as President Elect Obama has called for $500 billion to be invested into roads, bridges and other infrastructure as part of a plan to improve transportation and create 2.5 million jobs by 2011.
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Volume 11, Edition 11

Volume 11, Edition 11 (posted 11/26/2008)

We hope you all have a pleasant and food filled Thanksgiving holiday.  With the economy in shambles it may be difficult to focus on what is really important but hopefully we all have something and someone to be thankful for.

The election, of course, has dominated the news.  Now that it is over, and we have a President Elect, thoughts are already on January and his anticipated impact on every aspect of life.  President Elect Obama has announced his DOT transition team, which includes Mortimer Downey, former DOT deputy secretary under President Clinton; Jane Garvey, head of the U.S. public-private partnerships at JPMorgan and former official with both the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration; Michael Huerta, group president of ACS Transportation Solution and a Clinton-era DOT official, John Cullather, the majority staff director for the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and Carol Carmody, a former member of the National Transportation Safety Board. The overseer of the group is Seth Harris, a professor at New York Law School.

Who will be selected to head the DOT remains a mystery.  The Associated Press reports that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, former Deputy Transportation Secretary Mortimer Downey and Jane Garvey, the former head of the Federal Aviation Administration and member of the transition team, are all names that have been circulated as possible heads of the DOT.

In other news:
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