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Obama nominates Rogoff as FTA administrator


Yesterday, President Obama announced plans to nominate Peter Rogoff as Federal Transit Administrator to succeed James Simpson, who left the agency late last year.

For the past 22 years, Rogoff has served on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including 14 years as the Democratic staff director of the Transportation Subcommittee. He helped finance each of the last three surface transportation bills and played an instrumental role in advising policymakers on Amtrak's operating and capital needs. Rogoff also had a hand in financing dozens of new light-rail systems.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) supports the nomination.
"With a long and distinguished career in the transportation field, [Rogoff] has the experience and the knowledge that is needed to advance public transportation in the United States," said APTA President William Millar in a prepared statement.

The Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (TTD) considers Rogoff the "perfect choice" for FTA administrator and a "true expert in the field of transit policy and investment."

"Local transit agencies, their workers and passengers need an FTA administrator who will lead a national debate about boosting investment in this growing industry," said TTD President Edward Wytkind.

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