Big moves are being made on Capitol Hill for the transportation industry. According to an article from Rock Products, Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will introduce America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA) of 2019, making it the largest highway legislation in history.
This bill authorizes $287 billion to be used over the course of five years to maintain and repair roads and bridges, improve road safety, streamline project delivery, and grow the economy. The committee leaders have agreed that the legislation will be paid for.
“The legislation is the most substantial highway infrastructure bill in history,” Barrasso said in the article by Rock Products. “By modernizing our roads and bridges, we can make the roads safer for every family driving on them. The bill cuts Washington red tape, so road construction can get done faster, better, cheaper, and smarter. It will help create jobs and support our strong, growing, and healthy economy […] America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act will grow the economy, make our roads safer, and enhance quality of life for the American people.”
Additionally, Carper told Rock Products that this surface transportation reauthorization bill would make an unprecedented investment to improve American roads, highways, and bridges, and make the U.S.’ transportation infrastructure work better for every American in every zip code.
“America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act will move our country toward a safer, more connected, efficient and climate-friendly transportation system, one that can endure the test of time and keep up with the evolving demands of a 21st century global economy,” Carper said.
Among other provisions, the legislation:
- Authorizes $287 billion in highway spending and is the most substantial highway legislation in history
- Codifies key tenets of the “One Federal Decision” policy to streamline project delivery and federal approvals
- Establishes a program to support projects aimed at improving the resiliency of roads and bridges to natural disasters and extreme weather events
- Authorizes a mix of formula-based and grant-based programs to initiate the reduction of transportation-related emissions.
Read the full article on RockProducts.com for more information and complete statements from those involved in the passing of this bill.