WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure committee introduced a landmark transportation reauthorization bill today that would help all communities benefit from just investments in many forms of transportation while helping to transition our country to a lower-carbon future.
The INVEST in America Act, as it’s called, also helps our nation become more resilient to hurricanes, floods and heat waves.
The following is a statement from Stephanie Gidigbi, director of policy and partnerships for NRDC’s Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program:
“For too many years, funding from Washington has built roads and highways that divided low-income communities and communities of color without offering the transportation alternatives all of us can use. The INVEST Act offers a different path, one that leads to a more just, equitable, and climate-resilient future.”
“Crucially, this bill ensures all communities have access to pedestrian, biking and transit options. It also will help us slash carbon pollution by investing in electric-vehicle charging stations, while ensuring that roads, bridges and transit lines are able to withstand the stronger storms and floods we must prepare for because of climate change.”
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