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.
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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.
City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown testified before the House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee during a hearing on “Advancing U.S. Economic Competitiveness, Equity, and Sustainability Through Infrastructure Investments.” Joining the dialogue was Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the Committee.
Federal highway and public transportation programs are funded through multi-year surface transportation authorization acts. The current act expires on September 30, 2021. The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has announced plans to advance a surface transportation reauthorization bill. The Committee invited members to submit district-based transportation and infrastructure projects for consideration. All submissions are posted to allow for public transparency.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to highlight priorities for Western New York.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino are calling for expansion of the Amtrak route between Buffalo, Niagara Falls, New York and Toronto, Ontario to be a priority as the federal government plans to make investments in rail. The American Jobs Plan, the infrastructure package announced by President Biden on March 31, proposes an $80 billion investment to expand and improve Amtrak service.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $8,448,851 in federal COVID relief for Western New York airports.
“The pandemic put travel at a near standstill, drastically reducing typical revenue streams for airports and associated businesses,” said Congressman Higgins. “These resources will help keep airport operations on track and available to the public as a safe return to travel grows thanks to increases in vaccination rates.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the Biden Administration roll out of the American Jobs Plan.
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Chris Jacobs (NY-27) are announcing $650,000 in grant funding to the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority (NFTA) to be used for runway updates at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
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.
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.