Rep. Susan Davis Votes for Bipartisan Bill to Fix Roads, Bridges, and Fund Public Transit
WASHINGTON – As America faces the challenge of repairing a crumbling infrastructure, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) supported bipartisan legislation to provide long-term funding of the nation’s Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The $281 billion authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act also includes a significant investment in public transit.
“Passage of this bill is welcome news for communities like San Diego facing daunting infrastructure needs,” said Rep. Davis. “This five-year extension of the Highway Trust Fund provides communities with the certainty to plan and prioritize the repairs and improvements for neighborhoods. We are also looking at a boost to commerce and job creation as a result of this investment in the future of America.”
The FAST Act includes a 75 percent increase in bus funding. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has plans for new rapid bus transit systems that will be eligible for funding from the HTF. The MTS has received over $100 million from the HTF in the past five years for trolley maintenance and revitalization, and for new buses. The increase in public transportation options will reduce traffic congestion.
The San Diego Trolley, a past recipient of HTF funding, could get support for improvements to station platforms and the replacement of existing shelters on the Blue and Orange lines. The FAST Act authorizes $10.2 billion for intercity passenger rail investment, including Amtrak. There is nearly $200 million in guaranteed funding to help commuter railroads implement Positive Train Control systems to improve passenger safety.
Efforts to construct two HOV lanes on 805 between Palomar Street and SR 94 would also be eligible for funding support.
The FAST Act is the result of conference committee negotiations between the House and Senate following three short-term reauthorizations of the HTF in 2015.