Ray LaHood, a big supporter of high speed rail and the Dulles Silver Line project, plans to step down as Transportation Secretary after a successor is nominated and confirmed by the Senate.

LaHood, who's future has been a big guessing game among reporters for the past few weeks, said in an interview with the Associated Press that he had told President Obama a week after the November election that he needed to move on but that he was "conflicted" by the decision because he liked his job.

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