By Keith Laing - 01/02/14 12:45 PM EST
The Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates for women in transportation careers is applauding New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for appointing a woman to lead the city's transportation department in his new administration.
The group, WTS International, said de Blasio's decision to appoint former U.S. Department of Transportation Undersecretary Polly Trottenberg would have a ripple affect across the country on drawing more women into transportation careers.
“Appointments such as these impact the future of the industry as they help attract more women to the transportation field and leadership roles in the public sector," WTS President Marcia Ferranto said in a statement.
Trottenberg's appointment was announced by de Blasio on his first day in office Wednesday. She is a former aide to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).