Visclosky Supports Five-Year Surface Transportation Funding Legislation
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Pete Visclosky supported the conference agreement for H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The House of Representatives approved the measure by a vote of 359 to 65.
This legislation authorizes and includes dedicated revenue sources for surface transportation programs for the next five years. Specific to Indiana, the measure increases funding for Indiana highway programs by $448 million and increases funding for Indiana transit programs by $29.7 million. The measure also increases the funds available for Capital Investment Grants, which assist investment projects such as the recapitalization and expansion of the South Shore Rail Line. It also increases the funding available for improvements to bus systems by 89 percent. Additionally, the measure includes language that strengthens Buy America requirements for the use of American iron and steel in transportation projects. Further, the measure includes a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank for four years.
Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, “I am pleased that this measure includes provisions to strengthen Buy America requirements. During these challenging days for steelworkers, we must do all we can to make more American steel. I also support this measure because it provides increased funding levels for investments in our roads, bridges, and rail and bus systems, and it enables our community leaders to be better able to make plans and implement transportation infrastructure projects for current and future residents of Northwest Indiana.”
Mike Noland, CEO and General Manager of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, stated, “We are thrilled to see that this legislation supports the long-term infrastructure investments that are critical to the South Shore’s daily operations and expansion plans. From the West Lake Corridor, to double tracking, to installing Positive Train Control, this legislation provides a path forward and much needed federal funding. Congressman Visclosky's unwavering leadership on transportation efforts for Northwest Indiana is evident in this legislation and we cannot thank him enough for once again delivering for our community.”
“A stable source of federal dollars will strengthen the case for state and local transportation investment in Northwest Indiana,” said Bill Hanna, President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. “I would like to thank Congressman Visclosky for his tireless efforts on behalf of the region. We have an opportunity now to greatly improve connectivity to the third-largest economy in the country, create new job opportunities for residents, and encourage economic development in Northwest Indiana.”
Ty Warner, Executive Director of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, stated, “There is a lot to like in this legislation for our region, including the expansion of the TIFIA loan program to include Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) projects. We are grateful that Congress has come together to provide five years of secure and predictable funding to help meet Northwest Indiana’s transportation needs.”
For additional information on the conference agreement, click here.