President Bush today named Mary Peters as his choice for
secretary of transportation.
If confirmed by the Senate, Peters would succeed Norman Mineta as the
nation’s top transportation official. Peters was chief of the Federal Highway
Administration for five years and, before that, director of the Arizona
Department of Transportation.
Serving in the role of the administrator of FWHA, Peters advocated
interstate tolling and public-private partnerships within the highway bill re-authorization,
Among the first to laud the nomination is Robert Poole of the Reason
Foundation, a big supporter of infrastructure privatization. According to Rod
Nofziger of OOIDA’s Washington, DC, office, Poole’s “booming endorsement does
not bode well” for opponents of public-private partnerships.
Peters also serves on the National Highway Funding Commission, a
commission that was formed as a directive from SAFETEA-LU. Transportation
systems and how they should be funded is the purpose of this Commission.
Most recently, Peters has worked in the private sector with a
consulting company that specializes in architectural and engineering projects.
– By Land Line staff