Need to Invest Federal Funding to Relieve Traffic Congestion and Improve Our Roads and Bridges at the State and Local Level, Field Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 1, 2015 [open pdf - 1MB]
"This is the June 1, 2015 hearing 'Need to Invest Federal Funding to Relieve Traffic Congestion and Improve Our Roads and Bridges at the State and Local Level,' held before the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman David Vitter: 'We are talking about building infrastructure to relieve traffic congestion, and that just goes to basic quality of life issues. Particularly those of us who live in this part of the State certainly get being stuck in traffic and wasting valuable time as we try to get to work or bring kids to soccer or school or whatever else. So it's a basic quality of life issue. It's an important safety issue. And it's an important economic issue. Because the more we have these tie-ups, we have lack of productivity, and, quite frankly, these bottlenecks can be a significant turnoff in terms of more jobs and economic development coming here. As Chair of this Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee that I mentioned, I have been very focused on the Federal aspects of this problem. So last year, for instance, I worked with other key leaders to pass a Federal highway bill reauthorization. We put that together. It was a long-term bipartisan bill. We passed it through our committee, but it did not pass through the whole Congress. So we still have that work to do. This year, I am redoubling those efforts, reaching out, working with other key leaders on putting together that highway bill extension.' Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sherri LeBas, Joey Coco, Ken Perret, and Roy Quezaire."
S. Hrg.114-40; Senate Hearing 114-40
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