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Tonko Applauds Key Transportation Investments in Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

Provisions spearheaded by Tonko include repairing roads & bridges, modernizing ports, and increasing broadband access

  • Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced a number of major infrastructure provisions that he helped successfully push to include in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed out of the House.

“For decades, we have put investments in critical infrastructure on the backburner, leaving communities unequipped to deal with crumbling roads and bridges, insufficient public transit, and countless other issues,” Congressman Tonko said. “At long last, these needs are being addressed. I was proud to join with my colleagues to advance the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will help us build a 21st century clean economy, create good jobs and establish a more competitive nation. More work lies ahead, but with this strong step and President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, we can chart a course for a stronger, more resilient America for decades to come.”

Provisions passed in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act include:

  • $110 billion for roads, bridges, and major infrastructure projects, the largest bridge investments since the construction of the interstate highway system in the 1950s
  • $11 billion for transportation safety, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians
  • $66 billion to eliminate Amtrak’s maintenance backlog, modernize the Northeast Corridor line, and expand rail service in unserved and underserved areas – the largest investment in rail since Amtrak’s creation 50 years ago
  • $39 billion to modernize public transit by repairing existing infrastructure and making it cleaner and more accessible for all
  • $17 billion to modernize and green our ports and waterways
  • $65 billion to improve broadband infrastructure, lower prices, and boost competition in underserved and unserved communities
  • $25 billion to address repair and maintenance backlogs at our nation’s airports


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