Transportation and Infrastructure

Building a Better Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to a large and diverse infrastructure network, and keeping it well maintained is critical to a strong economy and future growth. Senator Casey has continually pushed for increased funding for Pennsylvania’s traditional infrastructure - roads, bridges and ports— as well as broadband, which is necessary for individuals and businesses to survive and thrive in a 21st Century economy. Pennsylvania’s highway system is comprised of 40,000 state and 76,000 local miles, and over 22,000 bridges. With truck traffic in Pennsylvania nearly double the national average and the severe winters the state often experiences, our roads and bridges suffer more damage than most other states are accustomed to.

A sound infrastructure is necessary for the businesses of the Commonwealth to compete in international markets. Without a renewed dedication to making smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure, American businesses risk losing their edge and our future job and wage growth is jeopardized.

  • Senator Casey supports the Senate Democrats’ Jobs and Infrastructure Plan for America’s Workers. This plan would make a historic $1 trillion federal investment to modernize our crumbling infrastructure and create more than 15 million jobs in the process.

  • Senator Casey supported the passage of the H.J. Res 31, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, which included $8.96 billion in new budgetary resources for transportation and infrastructure projects and create 116,000 jobs nationwide.

  • Senator Casey supported the passage of S. 3021, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018. This legislation included authorization for the SRF WIN Act, which will help finance critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Pennsylvania and reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund.

  • During markup of the 2017 tax bill, Senator Casey offered an amendment to provide $500 billion in infrastructure bonds. Among other things, these bonds could be used for road and bridge repair, rural broadband, repair and replacement of water infrastructure and construction of rural schools and community colleges. The amendment was voted down on a party line vote in committee.

  • Senator Casey supported the passage of S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. This legislation included authorization for the Upper Ohio Navigation Study, which calls for the replacement of the Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery Locks and Dams, which are of critical importance to the Pittsburgh Port. In December 2015, Senator Casey supported the passage of the FAST Act, which included language from his Support for Bridges Act to increase the set-aside funding for off-system bridges. The FAST Act authorized funding for transportation and infrastructure projects through 2020. Pennsylvania will receive $369 million for fixing deficient bridges through the FAST Act.

  • On May 19, 2015, Senator Casey introduced S. 1370, the Support for Bridges Act, which would increase the availability of federal funding for all bridges, and protect the funding set-aside for off-system bridges which became law in MAP-21.

  • Senator Casey has annually advocated for robust funding for Amtrak. Amtrak rail service in Pennsylvania is crucial to the long-term economic competitiveness of the region and provides travelers with a reliable mode of transportation to their final destinations. Continued support of passenger rail is essential to furthering our nation’s economic recovery. In Pennsylvania alone, Amtrak employs over 2,600 individuals and spends over $200 million a year on procurement contracts in the state.

  • Senator Casey has been a strong supporter of the TIGER/BUILD grant program. This competitive grant program invests in projects that create jobs, promote economic development and positively benefit the infrastructure of our Nation. Since 2009, Pennsylvania has received 17 awards, totaling over $271 million.

  • Senator Casey strongly supports efforts to expand broadband access to areas currently lacking it. In 2018, he led sixteen of his colleagues on a letter asking the President to prioritize rural broadband buildout in his infrastructure proposal.

  • The funding bill signed in February 2019 included $550 million for a rural broadband loan and grant pilot program administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the Department of Agriculture.

  • Senator Casey cosponsored an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill that would increase authorized funding levels for the RUS rural broadband program from $150 million to $600 million annually. He also voted for the final Farm Bill, which authorized the Rural Utilities Service grant, loan and loan guarantee programs at $350 million annually and ensured that funded projects will provide higher-speed connections.

  • Senator Casey has joined his colleagues on numerous letters asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase federal support available for the Rural Health Care Program, which helps provide the broadband services necessary for the provision of health care, and the High-Cost Program, which helps support broadband deployment to rural and remote areas.

Latest

  • Casey Secures $2 Million Federal Grant to Improve SEPTA Buses and Bus Facilities

    Today U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he successfully worked to secure a $2 million grant for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. SEPTA will use this funding to advance the next phase of its Direct Bus service in the City of Philadelphia, building on the success of the first phase launched in October 2017. Read More


  • Casey Presses Appropriators For Key Chesapeake Bay Watershed Funding, Community Assistance Following Three Mile Island Closure

    In two separate requests, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is calling on relevant Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to help fund vital grant programs that help improve quality of life for residents in south central Pennsylvania. Specifically, Casey is asking for support for the Chesapeake Bay program as well as for the Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities program, which could support communities impacted by the announced closure of Three Mile Island. Read More


  • Casey Secures Two Bipartisan Air Safety Wins in FAA Bill Headed to President

    Today, for the first time in 6 years, Congress passed a reauthorization of our nation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Following years of advocacy, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) was able to secure new provisions which will work to ensure safety for pilots and passengers aboard all commercial aircraft. Specifically, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 includes provisions from Casey’s Stopping Assault while Flying Enforcement Act (SAFE) and Saracini Aviation Safety Act. Read More


  • Ahead Of Back-to-School: Casey Calls On Congress To Keep Promise To Invest In Schools, Infrastructure

    Philadelphia, PA - As kids and parents across Philadelphia gear up to start the new school year in exactly one month, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) called on the Administration and his colleagues in Washington to commit to investing in Pennsylvania's school infrastructure and highlighted Senate Democrats’ $50 billion proposal to assist states and school districts in closing funding gaps for critical capital modernizations and repairs. Read More


  • Senators Urge Department of Transportation To Stop Delay On Life-Saving Reforms To Keyless Ignition Cars

    U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urging the agency to stop repeated delays in finalizing a regulation, originally proposed in December 2011, that would require keyless ignition vehicles to audibly alert drivers that their cars are still running when they leave the vehicle. Many consumers are unaware or forget that their keyless ignition vehicles may continue running even after they leave the vicinity of their car, putting them and their families at risk of injury or death from carbon monoxide poisoning. The senators cite a New York Times story from May that shared how families across America have fallen victim to this issue. The story indicated consumer education on keyless ignition cars is inadequate and reported at least 28 deaths and 45 injuries since 2006 resulting from this cause. Read More


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