• Statement from Senator Coons on vote to reauthorize surface transportation programs

    by  • June 29, 2012 • Federal Funding • 0 Comments

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 29, 2012
    CONTACT: Ian Koski at 202-224-5042

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement after voting Friday to reauthorize federal surface transportation programs, which are set to expire on Saturday. Their expiration would immediately endanger nearly $200 million in projects on I-95 in Delaware alone

    “Anyone who has ever driven on I-95 understands just how important it is to maintain our highways. The federal programs that fund much of that construction work help employ millions of Americans and facilitate commerce across the country. These programs are vital to our national, regional and local infrastructure, and I am relieved that they have finally been reauthorized.

    “It is maddening, however, that the reauthorization didn’t come until the very last minute. It’s hard to believe that it has been eight months since the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee first passed this reauthorization — and unanimously, at that. The full Senate later passed the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support and the endorsement of both the Chamber of Commerce, and the AFL-CIO, but partisan obstruction from House Republicans prevented us from moving forward. This silly political maneuver stalled critical highway construction projects from coast to coast that could not be started until the federal funding stream was in place, suffocating opportunities for jobs and jeopardizing urgent infrastructure priorities.”


    • DEFEAT FOR CYCLING: Boxer-Mica Law Eliminates 20 Year Transportation Enhancements Program

    Press Release from Senator Tom Carper

    Press Release from Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

    Senate Vote on H.R. 4348

    House Vote on H. R. 4348

    Rep. Mica: “Millions” Put Out of Work Unless His Highway Bill Passed Right Away

    AASHTO/TRB Study on Jobs Generated By Transportation Enhancements Projects

    Governor Markell Asks Congress to Protect Transportation Enhancements

    •  Why advocates are distraught over new U.S. transportation bill

    • Bill To Defund Walking and Bicycling Likely To Pass in U.S. Congress


    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *