April 29, 2014: Transportation Bill Heads to Congress

Earlier this year President Obama and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal that would address the nation’s infrastructure deficit. The overall goal of this plan is to increase safety and efficiency while providing greater access to ladders of opportunity without adding to the current deficit. This will be accomplished by relying on President Obama’s pro-growth business tax reforms. Today Secretary Foxx unveiled the Grow America Act.
This bill is already gaining support from various government agencies. PHMSA Safety Administrator Cynthia Quarterman stated “On a typical day more than 6.1 million tons of hazmat move throughout our nation’s transportation network. The Grow America Act promotes efficiencies and improvements that will help PHMSA ensure that the transport of hazmat by road, rail, air and water continues to move safely and efficiently.” Therese McMillian, Deputy Federal Transit Administrator, said “The Grow America Act will put thousands of Americans to work on repairing and expanding our aging transit infrastructure, while training women, minorities and veterans to fill the jobs gap in transit through innovative new workforce development programs.” Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo stated “The Grow America Act will provide rail with a predictable, dedicated funding source and tools needed to drive the next generation of rail safety and development. It lays out a comprehensive strategy to eliminate risk on railroads through data-driven enforcement, proactive safety programs that identify risk in advance, and strong capital investment.”
Read the full article here: US Department of Transportation