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.

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