We helped jumpstart the economy and put our fellow Americans back to work with $48 billion in transportation funding from the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009, and awarded over $2.7 billion in TIGER grants to 130 transportation projects across the Nation. We have made unprecedented investments in our nation’s ports. And we have put aviation on a sounder footing with the FAA reauthorization, and secured funding in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act to help States build and repair their roads, bridges and transit systems."Years ago," the president said in a statement thanking LaHood for his service, "we were drawn together by a shared belief that those of us in public service owe an allegiance not to party or faction, but to the people we were elected to represent. And Ray has never wavered in that belief."
And to further secure our future, we have taken transportation into the 21st century with CAFE Standards, NextGen, and our investments in passenger and High-Speed Rail.
There's nothing more than speculation at this point about who might replace him, but for what it's worth, the New York Times mentions Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Debbie Hersman, and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.