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) announced U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with Canada authorizing two phases of primary inspections of commercial cargo in Canada, including one at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will move forward with the U.S., New York Gateway Connection Improvements project to the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) project will reconfigure access to the U.S. Peace Bridge Plaza, reducing congestion and improving traffic flow for both commercial and private vehicles. This step will make the Peace Bridge a more effective conduit for travel and commerce between the United States and Canada.
“I was pleased to learn that the Peace Bridge Customs Commercial Plaza construction project has received the necessary federal environmental approvals from the General Services Administration (GSA) to move forward. Working closely with the Governor's office, we have advocated for swift action on this to continue the positive momentum at the Peace Bridge.
Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) announced further support from members of the Western New York Congressional delegation regarding efforts to advance long-awaited improvements at the Peace Bridge corridor, including roughly $40 million in related renovations and current plaza enhancements.
“The economic future of Western New York is increasingly tied to the free flow of people and trade across our border with Canada. From our auto manufacturing plants to our professional sports teams and our retail businesses to our airport; all benefit from our close proximity to Southern Ontario which has an estimated population of 13.4 million and is expected to grow to 17.7 over the next 24 years.
Congressman Brian Higgins stood by the Peace Bridge in Buffalo and called on Western New York leaders, residents and businesses to join him in the fight against the inertia. Higgins used Friday’s announcement of a deal for a new international border crossing between Detroit and Canada as an example of how delays and obstruction are costing this community jobs and economic opportunity.
"We support the Peace Bridge Authority's plans to demolish properties it owns which are currently sitting vacant and have been slated for demolition for 8 years. The issues surrounding these actions are not new, have been long-discussed, and should not encounter any further delay."
In a meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) pushed for the Peace Bridge to be included in a plan to initiate pre-inspection to speed the flow of traffic along the northern border. Higgins, a member of the committee, directed his comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at a meeting discussing the proposed 2013 budget.