WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unveiled a bold surface transportation bill, the INVEST in America law, today.
Key aspects of the bill include focusing on historic investments in mass transit and intercity rail, and the electrification of our fleets of cars, trucks and buses. It also includes transformative provisions for states and metropolitan areas to measure how their transportation plans affect public access to jobs and services and carbon emissions, as well as investments to achieve these important goals.
The following is a statement from Deron Lovaas, Senior Counsel at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
“This legislation looks to the future, with strong job growth, a booming economy, redressing racial inequalities and a more secure climate. Most importantly, this bill avoids unnecessary setbacks in environmental reviews and public comment.
“This is the bold approach we need to address our crises of racial inequality and climate change.
“In addition to historic funding for public transit and rail, this bill restructures a national transportation program long stuck in the 1950s, retooling to tackle climate change and bring us to a safer and better future. prosperous. This is a crucial and long overdue change that must be part of any final legislation. “
For more on the surface transportation plans being discussed in Washington, check out this previous blog from Deron.
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