Public transit and bicycle advocates saw victories for their modes of transportation in President Obama's announcement of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx's (D) appointment to be the next U.S. Transportation secretary on Monday.

“Mayor Foxx has been a strong advocate for public transportation in Charlotte, and as a local mayor, he understands the critical role public transit plays in the economic vitality of our communities — and the importance of a strong local, state and federal partnership in infrastructure investment,” American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President Michael Melaniphy said in a statement after the announcement.