Changes within the U.S. DOT imminent

| Friday, July 18, 2008

Although no official announcements have been made, the word in Washington, DC, is changes in top posts with the U.S. Department of Transportation are on the beltway horizon.

According to some published reports, Nicole Nason, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told colleagues Tuesday that she plans to leave the agency in August.

Nason, who has served in the position since May 2006, has focused on promoting child passenger safety during her tenure. She also helped develop upgraded fuel economy standards, which require new cars and light trucks to reach an average of at least 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

Word in Washington, DC, is that Tom Madison, a past New York Department of Transportation Commissioner under Gov. George Pataki, will be nominated to head Federal Highway Administration. Currently, the Acting Director and Deputy Director is James Ray.

Madison is said to be a strong supporter of public-private partnerships. After leaving the New York DOT, DC insiders say he started a consulting firm and used to give presentations on the benefits of public-private partnerships for highway funding.

– By Land Line staff

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