Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bay Area MTC Manager May Be Picked For Transportation Secretary

President Elect Obama has not named a transportation secretary but it appears that our dream candidates-Rep. Earl Blumenaur, Rep. Jim Oberstar or NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan are not rising to the top of the rumor mill for that position.

A search on the internet suggests that Bay Area MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger may be in line for the job. The Bay Area MTC is the MPO for the region which makes Heminger the Bay Area counterpart to DVRPC's Barry Seymour.

Another candidate mentioned in the press is IL Rep Jerry Costello. Heminger and Costello seem to support multi-modal transportation initiatives, but I am not sure if they would share the vision of a Blumenaur or Sadik-Khan.

Update-More Confusion
Here is the AP list of candidates dated today:

  • Jane Garvey, former head of Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Mortimer Downey, former deputy transportation secretary.
  • Former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt.
  • Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.