The Association for Commuter Transportation today applauded the release by three U.S. House of Representatives committee chairmen of the framework for a massive, $760 billion five-year investment in infrastructure, primarily to address some of America's most urgent transportation needs.
The "Moving Forward Framework
" released by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio of Oregon, Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal of Massachusetts includes major investments in transportation.
The plan would provide $329 Billion for Highways and Highway Safety - to fix broken, outdated infrastructure, including 47,000 structurally deficient bridges; modernize infrastructure to eliminate local and regional bottlenecks; use modern technology such as smart traffic lights to create more efficient systems; make roads safer for all users; increase the availability of charging stations and other alternative fueling options for electric and zero-emissions vehicles; and invest in reducing carbon pollution from transportation and improve the resilience of transportation infrastructure to withstand the impacts of climate change.
The framework targets $105 Billion for Transit investments to add new routes and provide more reliable service; address the growing backlog of transit maintenance needs; streamline project delivery to build projects faster by reforming the Capital Investment Grant program; and increase investment in zero-emission buses to reduce carbon pollution.
Rail investments of $55 Billion would support establishing new or improved commuter, intercity and higher-speed passenger rail corridors while also reducing congestion and improving on-time service.
The plan would also look to advance innovation and take mobility on demand beyond demonstration projects and incorporate this important TDM strategy into everyday transit operations.
"The Association for Commuter Transportation welcomes this bold and ambitious plan to address some of our nation's most pressing transportation needs," said ACT Executive Director David Straus. "This framework provides hope that Congress and the Trump Administration will be able to come together and agree on a program to not only fix what's broken, but also meet current and future needs of the system's users with innovative transportation demand management solutions."
"We also applaud the plan's commitment to addressing the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, modernize project planning and improve project transparency and accountability," continued Straus. "We look forward to working with leaders in the House and Senate and the Trump Administration to enact legislation that will accomplish these worthwhile objectives and ultimately provide a more efficient transportation system that focuses on moving people."