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Transportation & Infrastructure

For decades the U.S. has underinvested in our infrastructure and America’s roads, bridges, water systems and sewer lines are in desperate need of repair.  Brian has fought to change that since his early years in Congress with his Nation Building Here at Home Act, investing over $1.2 trillion in America’s infrastructure, rebuilding our communities, creating economic opportunity and growing jobs. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Brian is a leading voice for infrastructure investment in Washington and helped to craft the $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive plan to repair and revitalize our country’s infrastructure.

Brian is a relentless fighter for Western New York’s fair share of federal transportation funding, delivering for notable projects such as: the redesign of the Niagara Street corridor, the return of cars to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo, Kenmore Avenue improvements along the Tonawanda/Buffalo border, and the transformation of a crumbling, one-way Fuhrmann Boulevard into the Outer Harbor Parkway. 

Following the tragic crash of Flight 3407 in 2009, Higgins worked alongside the Families of Flight 3407 to push sweeping reforms through Congress to improve airline safety.  In the years since, they have continued to fight for implementation of higher pilot training standards, measures to mitigate pilot fatigue, and rules to provide greater transparency for consumers. 




More on Transportation & Infrastructure

Mar 3, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said release of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure should be an urgent call to action. The report, issued on March 3, gives US infrastructure a C- grade overall.

Feb 24, 2021 Press Release

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), under the new leadership of President Joe Biden and Secretary Pete Buttigieg, is looking to Build Back Better with an aggressive infrastructure agenda. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is telling Secretary Buttigieg, that work can start right here in Western New York. 

Feb 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the 12th anniversary of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs are calling for the immediate finalization of pilot records database rule. The pilot records database rule — which was developed alongside the families of those killed in Flight 3407 and is required under the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (P.L.

Feb 10, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Erie and Niagara Counties will receive over $792 million in estimated federal disaster relief under the American Rescue Plan.  The newly released data is provided by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is overseeing the state and local aid component of the bill.

Jan 14, 2021 Press Release

With infrastructure prioritized in remarks by both the Governor and the President-elect today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) expressed great optimism about continued progress toward removal of the Buffalo Skyway, opening up access and connectivity to the Buffalo waterfront. 

Jan 11, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced a federal grant totaling $2,680,000 awarded through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support the Buffalo Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation with the construction of replacement water and sewer systems in order to develop 160 acres of land at the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant.

Dec 21, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a major COVID disaster relief package providing urgent resources to families, businesses and communities.

Nov 18, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the final rule for the Pilot Records Database has moved to the Office of Management and Budget for review.  This is a final step toward implementation of the measure which has been advanced following the crash of Flight 3407. 

Oct 6, 2020 Press Release

Yesterday afternoon Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke directly with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt about concerns related to the federal investigation into the recent airplane crash in Western New York. 

Oct 4, 2020 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Chris Jacobs (NY-27) are calling on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to send investigators to the scene of fatal airplane crash in Genesee County.  The Western New York leaders made the request in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator and NTSB Chairman.