Ex-DDOT Head Gabe Klein Moving Back to D.C.
Brace yourselves, smart growthers. Former Adrian Fenty-era District Department of Transportation boss and eternal Greater Greater Washington crush object Gabe Klein is coming back to town.
Klein announced his plans to resign as head of Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Department of Transportation today, the Chicago Tribune reports. Klein tells LL he's planning to take time off, work on some business plans, and advise start-ups (just like his old boss!).
Klein, who once toyed with running for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, says he won't be seeking elected office in the District—at least not anytime soon.
"If I was to do something like that..." Klein tells LL. "Maybe in a decade."
Under Fenty, Klein pushed hard for streetcars, bikesharing, and bike lanes. After Fenty lost the 2010 election, Mayor Vince Gray gave Klein the boot at DDOT in favor of Klein's deputy, Terry Bellamy.
In fact, Klein had just gotten off the phone with his old patron when he talked to LL. The gist of the call with Fenty, according to Klein: "Life's an adventure, right?"
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