Rep. Chu Statement on Bipartisan Transportation Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House voted 363-64 to pass a transportation bill that will provide $325 billion in funds for six years for highway, transit, and highway safety programs. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), released the following statement:
“After years of delays and short-term patches, we finally have a six-year transportation bill. It’s disappointing it took this long, but at last, states will have the ability to start the long-term planning necessary to improve our infrastructure with new roads, improved bridges, and more. While I would have preferred more robust funding levels, I still cast my vote for this bill so that we can allocate crucial federal funding for local projects, such as grade-rail separations that reduce traffic and congestion in the San Gabriel Valley. Improving and expanding our infrastructure is good for jobs, safety, and the economy. I am heartened to see that, on the heels of the two-year budget deal, Congress seems to be thinking long-term once more.”
H.R. 22, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, reauthorizes federal-aid highways and transit programs for six years. While it does not provide the funding levels necessary for innovation and growth in infrastructure, it does create a nationally significant freight program and provides $500 million in funding for freight rail projects, which will spur economic activity in the transportation hubs of Southern California.