A Frank Conversation With Ray LaHood

In this 'anything-goes' Q & A between the NYT Magazine with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, we learn about the derivation of his name, the car he drives, and more appropriate topics liks HSR, infrastructure, and George Will.
June 18, 2009, 10am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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LaHood drives a 1998, 15-mpg Buick Regal, is of Lebanese descent, and regards himself as being part of the majority party despite being a registered Republican.

"NYT: President Obama has talked about his desire to wean Americans off automobiles.

RLH: What we've talked about is getting to a concept that we call livable communities, where people don't have to get in a car every day. You can use light rail, you can use buses, you can use walking paths, you can use your bike.

As for the most pressing transportation need, LaHood points to the need to repair America's "streets, roads and bridges". Rails may have been inadvertently overlooked.

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Published on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 in The New York Times - Magazine
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