The number of major new rail and bus projects on track for federal funding dropped from 48 in 2001 to 17 in 2007, even as transit ridership hit a 50-year high last year and demand for new service is soaring.
William Millar, who heads the American Public Transportation Association, says “[Duvall and DOT] just see no role for transit,” Millar said.
Duvall, 35, is a fourth-generation Washingtonian whose father is a well-connected lawyer. He had no transportation experience when he was plucked from his job handling corporate mergers and acquisitions at Hogan & Hartson and was offered a political appointment at the DOT in 2002. “It was a friend of a friend of a friend sort of thing,” he said. Within four years, he was setting national policy [on transportation infrastructure].” —Letting the Market Drive Transportation - washingtonpost.com. WTF?? We’ve got to realize that how government works now is crazy.