Allred Priorities Included in Transportation Package
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) last week voted to pass out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee the INVEST in America Act, H.R. 2. The days-long Committee hearing included legislation Allred introduced with Senator John Cornyn and will make much-needed investments in the U.S. transportation system. The bill now awaits action on the House floor.
“North Texas is rapidly growing, with expectations that we will add nearly a million people to our region in the next ten years, and we must be ready to invest and support that growth,” said Allred. “Congestion costs the average American driver $1,400 a year and even before this pandemic we knew we needed to make big improvements in our transportation infrastructure. We must work together to make necessary investments in sustainable transportation projects that help North Texas.”
Watch Allred’s opening remarks during the markup and hearing here.
During the markup, the Committee adopted amendments from both Democrats and Republicans, including 34 Republican amendments and 23 Democratic amendments.
As a member of the Committee, Allred has championed projects and legislation that would help North Texas and the INVEST in America Act includes many Allred priorities.
The bill includes:
- The text of Allred’s bill, the RAPID Act, which he introduced with Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI-08), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). It will improve TIFIA loans and will help accelerate and improve Public-Private Partnerships so North Texas can get investments into its infrastructure system and projects can move faster.
- Access to more funding for public high-speed rail projects through the Prime Grant Program. Private entities like Texas Central, which is trying to build a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, would also be eligible for financing through the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program. Allred led the effort in Congress to support the high-speed rail project.
- A provision doubling funding for Transit Capital Investment Grants, which would help transit agencies like DART, which recently earned $60 million in similar grants.
- Active Transportation Connectivity Grants, which will help North Texas cities by providing $250 million for pedestrian and bicycle networks and related planning, including safe routes to school planning.
Read a summary of the INVEST in America Act by downloading a fact sheet from the Transportation Committee here.