Funding Transportation & Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the foundation that connects our nation’s businesses, communities and people. Our nation’s public infrastructure system not only ensures the continuous transportation of people, goods, and services, but it also protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public. However, the infrastructure systems we rely on today are failing to keep pace with current and expanding needs. Simultaneously, investment in infrastructure is faltering. Given the tight fiscal constraints facing the nation today, it is necessary that we begin looking for new and collaborative ways to meet our need for improved and updated infrastructure.

Supporting the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST)
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 27% of Hawaiʻi’s major roads are in poor condition, costing local drivers $483 million per year. At the end of 2015, Congress came together to pass the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a bill Tulsi strongly supported. The FAST Act reauthorized critical funding for highway, bridge, transportation safety, and public transit projects in the U.S. through 2020, including more than $1.3 billion in federal transportation funds for Hawaiʻi. We must build on this progress by ensuring our federal government continues to make much-needed investments in infrastructure in our communities across the country.

Helping Keep Air Travel Affordable
As an island state, we are uniquely reliant on air travel.  Air transportation is an essential lifeline for people in Hawaiʻi looking to find a job, start a small business, see a doctor, visit family and friends, and so much more. Tulsi has continued to fight to keep air travel taxes and fees as low as possible for people in Hawaiʻi and introduced the Passenger Fee Restructuring Exemptions Act (H.R.1074) at the start of the 114th Congress. This bill would limit the passenger security fee for Hawaiʻi, Alaska, and rural populations that rely on air travel.

Restoring International Flights to Kona Airport
Tulsi worked with a coalition of public and private partners to help resume international flights at Kona Airport after they were discontinued in 2010. Restoring international flights to Kona has both supported Hawaii's tourism-based economy and addressed critical safety and security needs for the state by providing a secondary international port in case of emergency.  

More on Funding Transportation & Infrastructure

December 11, 2013 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) sent a letter to House Budget Committee leaders, Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), yesterday highlighting the unique role of air travel throughout Hawai‘i and the negative impact of a possible air travel fee increase. The congresswoman requested a Hawai‘i exemption for increased air travel fees, particularly the Aviation Passenger Security Fee.
October 16, 2013 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today congratulated Hawaiian Airlines on a successful expansion of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Preʻ™ security clearance program to the Honolulu International Airport, Kahului Airport on Maui, and the Lʻhu‘e Airport on Kaua‘i.
 
August 9, 2013 Press Release
Legislation was the first bill Tulsi Gabbard introduced as a Member of Congress
June 27, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following statement regarding the House and Senate Appropriations Committees joint approval of $250 million in funding for the Honolulu Authority For Rapid Transportation (HART). Funds were approved in both Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills.

April 23, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today applauded the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) decision to delay implementation of a new policy allowing airplane passengers to carry certain knives. The policy would have gone into effect on Thursday, April 25, 2013. In a recent letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole, she voiced serious concerns about the policy change and requested a delay of its implementation until all stakeholders could be consulted.

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