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MEC applauds reappointment of Steudle to lead MDOT

MDOT Veteran joins Gov.-elect Rick Snyder's team
Dec 22, 2010
The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) today praised the reappointment of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Kirk Steudle. The move was announced earlier today by Gov.-elect Rick Snyder’s administration.

The agency is a key player in carrying out transportation policy in Michigan – from maintaining highways and roads to facilitating public transportation and other options for pedestrians and cyclists.

Steudle has been MDOT director since 2006. Prior to that he was chief deputy director of the department. He is also vice president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

“Kirk has been a pragmatic leader who has done a good job with limited resources,” said Chris Kolb, Michigan Environmental Council president. “Kirk has kept the department focused on its core mission. He also has supported important initiatives in the areas of passenger rail service and making towns and cities safer and more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users and others.”

Steudle’s team at MDOT was instrumental in securing $161 million in federal money for high speed passenger rail in Michigan. That money is awaiting state matching funds from the legislature. He also has been supportive of the Complete Streets legislation passed earlier this year. That measure requires the department to consider the needs of nonmotorized travel when designing certain roadways.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Kirk and his philosophy of facing change with confidence rather than fear. We think he’s a good fit to help the incoming administration of Gov.-elect Rick Snyder make Michigan’s transportation systems efficient, safe and affordable,” said Kolb.
Chris Kolb: 517-487-9539
Hugh McDiarmid Jr.: 248-660-4300
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