Ray LaHood
Ray LaHood. Photo by Talk Radio News Service.

President Obama’s Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, announced today that he will resign from the position for Obama’s second term.

LaHood, a former Republican Congressman, has been the strongest advocate for multimodal transportation in the modern history of the US Department of Transportation. While Secretary, LaHood championed intercity rail, poured billions of dollars into bicycle and pedestrian programs, and provided funding for numerous urban streetcar and bus priority projects around the country.

It remains to be seen who Obama will tap as LaHood’s replacement. LaHood says he will stay on until his successor is in place.