Butterfield, LaHood to visit Global TransPark

Kinston -— U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will join Congressman G. K. Butterfield at a visit to North Carolina Global TransPark on Thursday.

“As we work to rebuild America’s infrastructure, I wanted Secretary LaHood to have close look at some of the efforts being made here in eastern North Carolina,” Butterfield said.

After an August visit to Global TransPark (GTP) and Spirit AeroSystems, Butterfield told park officials he would invite LaHood to visit the industrial park.

LaHood will join Butterfield, North Carolina Secretary of Transportation (DOT) Gene Conti and North Carolina DOT Director of Aviation Richard Walls at the Spirit AeroSystems Center of Excellence for a discussion on transportation and infrastructure issues.

“Multimodal transportation facilities like the North Carolina Global TransPark are economic engines that drive the American economy,” said LaHood. “Thanks to the leadership of Representative Butterfield, investments in transportation infrastructure are providing a foundation for prosperity in North Carolina.”

Butterfield and LaHood will also tour Spirit AeroSystems, GTP and Delta Private Jets.

LaHood leads more than 55,000 employees, oversees a $70 billion budget that deals with issues related to air, maritime and surface transportation. The U.S. Department of Transportation includes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).