Transportation and Infrastructure
Making long-term investments in transportation and infrastructure stimulates the economy, creates jobs, and drives commerce. It is also an opportunity to rebuild systems in a sustainable and resilient manner, reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, and support vulnerable communities. New infrastructure programs should invest in projects that reduce pollution and use natural infrastructure solutions.
The needs of surface transportation infrastructure are widely and rightfully recognized. But in the Northwest, we know that a comprehensive infrastructure package needs to go beyond roads and bridges. Investing in infrastructure must also include accessible public transit, building affordable housing, upgrading water systems, repairing ports, modernizing public schools, and strengthening decarbonized transportation systems in a resilient and sustainable manner. I’m focused on the federal responsibility to improve infrastructure and upgrade our multi-modal transportation system. Smart transportation projects, like the Newberg-Dundee Bypass and the Southwest Corridor Light Rail, will help more people get to work, school, and other destinations in the community more quickly and reliably while also reducing emissions by decreasing the number of vehicles on our roads. These projects also recognize the need to enhance our resiliency in advance of a Cascadia Subduction Zone event in the Northwest.
Finally, federal investment in infrastructure will create needed construction jobs in our communities. I’ll pursue every opportunity to make sure that all workers—especially women and people of color who traditionally haven’t worked in construction—have access to the training and supports needed to qualify for these jobs, and will work to make sure that minority and women owned small businesses can compete for these federal contracts.
More on Transportation and Infrastructure
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici recommended nine transportation projects in NW Oregon receive federal funding as part of the surface transportation reauthorization expected to advance later this year.
The nine Member Designated Projects selected by the Congresswoman are listed here in alphabetical order:
The Beaverton City Council is making its pitch to U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, a Beaverton Democrat, to receive federal dollars for a “downtown loop.” In a letter to Bonamici, the City Council describes the loop project as a “safer, more accessible multimodal transportation system that removes barriers to critical services and housing, reducing carbon emissions and supporting diverse underserved communities.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader said today that 31 Oregon counties will receive about $39.3 million in Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments for schools, roads, law enforcement and other essential services.
OCEAN EYED: Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Bill Posey (R-Fla.) are calling on the Biden administration to include at least $10 billion in the next coronavirus recovery package for coastal restoration and resilience projects, citing the potential for healthy coastal ecosystems to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The lawmakers suggest projects like blue carbon sequestration; natural infrastructure; and the restoration of habitat to help threatened or endangered species. They also call on the administration to establish an Advanced Research Project Agency–Ocean.
“It will help the senior citizen in Seaside who needs a vaccine but doesn't have access to the internet," Bonamici said in a statement. "It will help the new mom and her husband, both paramedics, who don’t have access to paid family leave and can’t afford child care. It will help restaurants like a beloved Portland eatery that has been shut down for months but could finally reopen thanks to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. It will help school leaders in districts big and small who want to bring students back to classrooms but don't have the funding to do so safely.
In late 2020, DeFazio, Oregon’s two U.S. Senators and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici sent the Corps of Engineers a letter asking for additional support for harbor repairs and improvements at Coos Bay, Depoe Bay and Tillamook. “Our harbors along the Oregon coast can be particularly challenging due to unpredictable weather, the increasing intensity of storms, and especially dangerous wave conditions at our entrance channels,” the group wrote.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, along with U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, recently wrote a letter to Adm. Karl Schultz, the commandant of the Coast Guard, requesting that two additional cutters be stationed locally. “The community of Astoria is well-equipped to support the Coast Guard and its vessels in their mission here in Oregon,” the lawmakers wrote.