After the confirmation of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to transportation secretary, many hope the position could help Charlotte.
"We have a long list of projects that need to be completed to relieve congestion in this region," said Nicholas Landa with Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization.
One of Foxx's biggest projects has been the streetcar. The city is applying for a $63 million federal grant to pay for part of it. On local highways the Intersate-485 and Intersate-85 interchange relies on about $50 million in federal funding. The state is also working to widen I-485.
"77 both going north from downtown Charlotte and going south from downtown Charlotte, both are in need of improvements, and we hope to tap into federal funding as much as we possibly could," Landa said.
A bullet train is already being developed to connect Charlotte with Washington, D.C. There are talks to expand the line to Atlanta.
There are rules on how federal money is divided. However, former Secretary Ray LaHood's spending record showed he sent more than $2 billion in stimulus money to his home state of Illinois.