Infrastructure and Jobs
Investing in our infrastructure has historically been a non-partisan issue. However, in recent years, Congress’ investment in addressing America’s crumbling infrastructure has been pathetically weak. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our infrastructure a D+ grade and the World Economic Forum ranks America 24th in infrastructure. Transportation for America estimates that there are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States – 2088 in New York State and 99 in Western New York alone. Brian has consistently called on Congress to make a bold investment in nation building right here at home. In 2012 he introduced the Nation Building Here at Home Act , which would have invested $1.2 trillion over five years to rebuild our infrastructure, with the potential to create 27 million jobs and reduce unemployment to 5.6 percent.
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After eliminating the gratuitous padding inserted into the cost estimates for the Central Terminal and factoring in its eligibility for Historic Tax Credits, which are not available for a Canalside station, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says putting the new station at the Central Terminal would actually be cheaper than a station at Canalside.
More than 25 accomplished Western New York architects have penned a letter to the Buffalo Train Station Site Selection Committee supporting the return of passenger rail to the Buffalo Central Terminal.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said the White House Budget Blueprint, released Thursday, March 16, delivers a devastating blow to Western New York families and the local economy.
In a letter to the President and CEO of the National Passenger Rail Corporation (doing business as Amtrak) Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is asking for clarity on Amtrak’s long-term plans for service in the Buffalo region and advocating for reactivation of the Central Terminal. Higgins says “the Corporation should more forcefully and specifically advocate for the return of service to the Central Terminal, as such return is in the interest of the Corporation and its ridership.”
As the nation prepares to discuss investment in America’s infrastructure and Buffalo examines potential sites for a new passenger rail station, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House Floor in support of Buffalo’s Central Terminal, recognizing the grand architectural landmark as the best choice both in terms of improving transportation options and serving as a catalyst for redevelopment of the City’s Broadway Fillmore neighborhood.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) issued a letter to the Lead Facilitator and fellow members of the ad-hoc committee on the location of Buffalo’s new intercity passenger rail station laying out the argument for Western New York’s new Amtrak station to be located at Buffalo’s Central Terminal.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to fund $1 million for an expedited study of potential new sites for an Amtrak station in the City of Buffalo.
“Governor Cuomo just put Buffalo on track for a transportation transformation,” said Higgins. “This is a new day in Buffalo, one where we move forward with confidence that we can not only dream big but achieve great things for Western New York. I look forward to working with the State, City and community on this effort to make smart decisions about our future.”