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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

Sep 17, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Senator Tim Kennedy and Western New York laborers, builders, transit and construction trade workers came together to emphasize that now is the time to rebuild America. 

Higgins said, “Infrastructure investment has a proven rate of economic return. Where public infrastructure goes, private investment follows, good-paying jobs are supported, and regional economic opportunity grows.”

Jul 1, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved the INVEST in America Act, legislation authorizing funding to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, transit, rail and water infrastructure. The package provides $715 billion to reauthorize federal highway and water programs and resources from fiscal year 2022 through 2026, which are set to expire in September.

Jun 23, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Buffalo Niagara Falls International Airport in Cheektowaga, New York and the Niagara Falls International Airport will receive a combined total of $22,264,763 through the American Rescue Plan.

Jun 18, 2021 Press Release

More Than 60 Years After the Construction of the Kensington Expressway Created a Racial and Socioeconomic Divide in the City of Buffalo, 

Federal, State, City Leaders Unite to Reconnect the Community 

Jun 9, 2021 Press Release

Five Western New York infrastructure projects totaling $20 million requested by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) have crossed the first hurdle in securing federal transportation funding. 

Jun 7, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and New York State Senator Tim Kennedy say the Skyway project will remain on hold until the State addresses the needs of the community.  The Congressman and Senator are calling for several transportation improvements to plan for the eventual removal of the Skyway including removal of the tolls for Hamburg commuters. 

May 27, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and New York State Senator Tim Kennedy are detailing serious safety factors among the many reasons for removal of the Buffalo Skyway. 

May 26, 2021 Press Release

New Database Would Enable Airlines To Access Pilot Training History Before Hiring, Ensuring More Qualified and Capable Pilots 

Federal Reps: Ceaseless Advocacy By 3407 Families Will Make For Safer Skies 

May 13, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced over $5.5 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the final phase of construction on taxiway improvements at the Niagara Falls International Airport. 

“Increasing travel and tourism will be an essential component of economic recovery,” said Higgins.  “This substantial federal infrastructure investment in the Niagara Falls Airport paves the way for new opportunities for regional economic growth.”

Apr 30, 2021 Press Release

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Launches Soon to Help Families Struggling During the Pandemic

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced continued progress on plans to expand broadband access in Erie County thanks to federal resources included in the American Rescue Plan.

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