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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

Feb 4, 2011 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, released the following statement in response to today’s meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper related to northern border issues:
Jan 26, 2011 Press Release

As Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) listened to the President lay out his agenda for job creation and economic opportunity in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address he was struck by how one project in particular had the potential meet many of the goals outlined – Peace Bridge expansion.

“If this nation is serious about creating jobs, doubling our exports and helping to sustain and create businesses in America we can start by moving forward on construction of a new Peace Bridge,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees.

Mar 2, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and leaders from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announced support for a Peace Bridge plaza using an existing construction option that would preserve Frederick Law Olmsted’s "Gateway" vision for Front Park.
Feb 25, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul are opposing a plan proposed by the U.S. Department of State to increase Passport fees. The Department has filed a notice, in the Federal Register, of intent to raise a number of fees, a move that would increase the cost of a passport book from $100 to $135 for adults.
Jan 28, 2010 Press Release
The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA), in concert with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), today kicked off a series of six informational open houses to update the public about the choices for a new signature, companion bridge spanning the Niagara River between Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada and the construction of a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security Plaza at the Peace Bridge.
Dec 14, 2009 Press Release
Governor David A. Paterson today announced that five new bridge designs have earned federal approval, a significant breakthrough in moving forward the long-stalled Peace Bridge project. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (B&FEPBA) have reached an agreement with all necessary State, federal and Canadian environmental agencies in identifying five environmentally acceptable signature bridge design concepts, any of which can be chosen by the project sponsors and moved forward to construction. Governor Paterson today unveiled those designs to the public for additional comments and for a final determination on which will be chosen for the project.
May 18, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Western New York will receive $700,000 in Recovery Act funding to support the opening of a regional passport agency in Western New York. Congressman Higgins and Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) first advocated for a WNY passport office in a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on March 26th. Just days ago, standing near the Peace Bridge, Reps. Higgins and Lee announced the State Department has agreed with their request and will begin the process of establishing a passport agency locally.
Apr 15, 2009 Press Release
With the next phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) set to go into effect on June 1, Congressmen Chris Lee (NY-26) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) are continuing to urge Washington to open a passport office in Western New York. The lawmakers joined forces this week to ask the State Department to shed light on the process by which issuance agency sites are selected. They say that “complete transparency” is critical to providing Western New Yorkers with “a complete understanding of how – and more importantly, when – a passport agency will be placed in Western New York.”
Apr 15, 2009 Press Release
Congressmen Chris Lee (NY-26) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) held a press conference this morning at Broderick Park on Squaw Island to announce that the State Department has informed them of its intention to open a permanent passport issuance agency in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region. The lawmakers have been fighting to bring a passport office to Western New York as part of a months-long effort to help ease the implementation of new travel requirements that go into effect on June 1st.
Mar 27, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) sent a letter to Secretary Napolitano asking for a clear message from DHS on shared border management.