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Transportation Nation was first with the news that former DDOT director Gabe Klein is off to head Rahm Emanuel‘s Department of Transportation in Chicago. Seems to resemble a certain former mayor of D.C….

Here’s what Klein says about it:

I am excited to announce that I will be joining Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago on May 16th to run the Chicago Department of Transportation.  I am excited for a new exhilarating adventure and to serve the wonderful people of Chicago (I am amazed at how friendly everyone is here btw).

I am sad to leave my wonderful friends, family, and former coworkers in Washington D.C. but as Helen Keller said “life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all,” right?

This is an opportunity to continue public service in the 5th largest urban economy in the world, for a leader every bit as reform-minded and results oriented as former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty; to make Chicago an example nationally for innovation in transportation and public space, and most importantly, to positively impact quality of life for the 2.6 million residents of Chi-town.

Thanks for your continued support, and to everyone at CDOT: I can’t wait to meet and learn from you, build on your great work thus far, and accomplish great things together.

I’d say this’ll last until Emanuel manages to get thrown out, but that city is used to high-handed, forward thinking mayors. So perhaps Klein will have time to realize his transit-oriented dreams there, if not here.