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Gabe Klein, the head of D.C.'s transportation department, is stepping down. Klein says Mayor-elect Vincent Gray will not be keeping him on when the new administration takes over in January.

Klein took over DDOT nearly two years ago. In that short time span, he oversaw some major events and changes at the department. For many, Klein will be remembered for his work during "snowmaggeden," last winter's back-to-back snowstorms that paralyzed the city.

Others will remember Klein as the standard-bearer of the smart growth movement –- Klein often pushed for bikelanes and circulator buses over cars and commuters -– and he says his legacy will probably be the popular Capital Bikeshare program.

When asked if he would have stayed if Gray had asked, Klein said he didn't know the answer. He says he hadn't talked to Gray in over three months, and Klein says he found out about the decision last night in a letter from the transition team.

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