In Colorado, with our rural communities, severe weather, and mountainous topography, many of us could not thrive without a reliable transportation system.
Coloradans often travel long distances, so it is critical that our transportation and infrastructure systems accommodate safe, affordable, and efficient travel. Maintaining and improving a modern network of roads, airports, and railroads is a continuous process. Transportation and infrastructure projects provide jobs in our communities and support tourism. It is vitally important that federal resources are being used as effectively and efficiently as possible.
- Roads and Infrastructure: As Colorado’s population continues to grow so does the stress and demand on our roads and transportation infrastructure. On December 4, 2015, the president signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (H.R. 22) into law. This bill authorized $305 billion through 2020 for highways, rail systems, public transportation, and other surface transportation programs.
- Aviation: The aviation industry supports good paying jobs for many families in the Third Congressional District, and flight travel is an increasingly important mode of transportation in the West. On July 15, 2016, the president signed into law a bill that reauthorizations the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) until September 2017. Long-term reauthorization of the FAA will be essential for protecting the Essential Air Service, which ensures our rural communities in Colorado retain access to the national aviation network.