President Obama may have chosen a man from outside of the transportation finance universe to be his transportation secretary when he tapped former Rep. Ray LaHood for the job, but his picks for other posts at the department have included several veterans in transportation finance and policy.

Roy Kienitz, undersecretary of transportation policy, was plucked from his post as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa. He told American Public Media’s Marketplace in 2008 that the proposed lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike would provide funding for public transit, bridge repair, and road construction at a time when “it’s just impossible to raise the gasoline tax.” He was the executive director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project in 1999, when he testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in support of a proposed Better America Bonds program, which would have provided $10 billion in bond authority for state, local, and tribal governments to pay for open space, urban parks, and construction and renovation.

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