Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the one who oversaw key auto regulations and supported the funding for Detroit’s M-1 light rail project, is stepping down after four years.

“I love this job. It’s the best job I’ve ever had in government, in public service,” said LaHood. “It’s time for me to move on. I do it with some reluctance and a great deal of satisfaction.”

He added that the top priority as the Transportation Secretary was safety, therefore the agency made sure that it took fly-by-night bus companies off roads, the big trucks are safe, pilots get enough rest, crack down on distracted driving and get drunken drivers off roads. LaHood was an important player in the Obama administration’s decisions to increase fuel efficiency regulations to 54.5 mpg by 2025, aggressively campaigned against automakers adding too many in-vehicles electronics and oversaw the US response regarding the Toyota sudden acceleration recalls.

Earlier this month, LaHood made his 13th trip to Michigan where he announced the investment of $25 million to Detroit’s $137 million Woodward Avenue streetcar plan and also managed to receive the state’s approval of a regional transit authority for Metro Detroit.

“The opportunity for the Detroit area to finally have a regional transportation authority — for the people that go to work everyday, go to hospitals and go to there doctor’s appointments” LaHood said.


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