Transportation Secretary Checks Out Goldsboro Project

Goldsboro is hoping to return one of its historical landmarks to its former glory as a fully functioning transportation depot and the nation's top transportation official got a chance to check it all out.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Goldsboro Tuesday to check out efforts to restore Goldsboro's Union Station.

Secretary LaHood and Representative G.K. Butterfield toured historic downtown Goldsboro for a look at its projects before ending at union station.

Restoration has been in the works for 12 years, kicked into gear by the citizens. Over $1-million have been spent on renovations so far. It's the additional $13.2 million the city is hoping for.

Secretary LaHood says the city could possibly find some of that in the form of a transportation investment generating economic recovery discretionary grant.

There's no target date for when the city wants to have the station completed which would include a bus depot that will cost $4-million dollars as well.

Secretary LaHood also commented on the man nominated to succeed him, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. LaHood said, "The President sent a message to the country saying cities are important, that mayors are important, that the incubators, innovation and creation are taking place in the cities. You don't have to be a governor. You don't have to be a member of Congress or a senator. You can be a mayor, do innovative, creative things the way Mayor Foxx has done in Charlotte and rise to the level of being a cabinet secretary."

Foxx still has to be confirmed.