Environment Picture
Topic: Transportation Policy

Michigan Environmental Council praises Steudle appointment to head highway officials association

Group takes the lead in setting nation's transportation agenda
The Michigan Environmental Council today praised the appointment of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Kirk Steudle to the presidency of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Steudle is currently vice president of the group, which leads transportation discussions nationally. He assumes the presidency next year, and will host the association’s annual convention in Detroit in October  of this year.

“Kirk will be in a unique position to bring his pragmatic, forward-thinking philosophy on transportation to the national dialogue,” said Chris Kolb, president of the Michigan Environmental Council. “He also has supported important initiatives in the areas of passenger rail service, Complete Streets, and making towns and cities safer and more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users and others. We hope he is successful in establishing those priorities on the national stage.”

One of Steudle’s immediate priorities will be working with Congress on the Highway Trust Fund, which maintains highways and other federal transportation infrastructure through a per-gallon tax on gasoline. The fund is facing a proposed 34 percent funding cut next year.

Steudle has served as MDOT Director since 2006 and was reappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year.
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