Thursday, April 09, 2009

Obama picks Senate staffer Rogoff to head FTA

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Peter M. Rogoff, who helped develop funding mechanisms for mass transit and Amtrak as a long-time member of the Senate Appropriations Committee staff, has been selected by President Obama to head the Federal Transit Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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In addition to his work on funding initiatives, Rogoff has played a key role in the development of security and safety legislation.

He earned a B.A. degree at Amherst University and an MA degree with honors by Georgetown University.

William W. Millar, president of the American Public Transportation Association, said Rogoff "understands what is needed to guide our country's federal policy on public transportation."

"As staff for the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee for 22 years, he is very familiar with transit plans and projects around the country," said Millar. "Additionally, he has worked on numerous transportation appropriation bills and issues as well as on the past three federal surface transportation bills."