Foxx, South Dakota Officials Talk Transportation

PUKWANA, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited South Dakota to discuss transportation initiatives, including a previously awarded $12 million federal grant for railway repairs that will increase grain-shipping capacity.
Foxx, U.S. Sen. John Thune and Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday rode over sections of track that was repaired with federal help and rattled over portions that haven’t been regularly used for years. Foxx has traveled to more than 40 states to tour projects like the state-owned railway set to be restored.
Foxx and South Dakota officials also discussed the importance of a far-reaching federal highway bill, which is necessary to support the Highway Trust Fund past May. Thune will head the U.S. Senate committee that addresses transportation matters when Republicans assume control of the chamber next year.