More on Transportation
WASHINGTON – Today, Future of Transportation Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Congressmen Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Mark Takano (CA-41) introduced two bills in line with the principles of the Caucus: the Improving Access to Jobs Act and the Improving Access to Services Act. Together, these bills would prioritize shorter, safer, and more efficient transportation to employment options and services
WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), and Mark Takano (CA-41), founding Co-Chairs of the Future of Transportation Caucus (FOTC), led the caucus’ call to Congressional leadership urging that the principles of access, equity and sustainability must be central to any upcoming infrastructure investments.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Representatives Jesús “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Steve Cohen (TN-09) urged leaders in the House and Senate to include protections for workers and consumers in any financial assistance aimed at supporting the airline industry as part of further economic stimulus to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing major airlines to cut down on airplane noise around Logan Airport. Letters sent to American, Delta and Southwest Airlines are “urging them to act to reduce airplane-related noise problems that have affected Massachusetts residents and communities across the country.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), along with Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08), Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (MA-04), House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark (MA-05), and United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J.
The Congressional Black Caucus made a historic visit to Boston last weekend to address the country’s systemic inequality and economic injustice. A press conference held Friday at Northeastern University’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute commenced the “State of Black America” series, where various elected officials acknowledged America’s continuing racial disparities and advocated for progressive reforms.
WASHINGTON –Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Congressman Stephen Lynch (MA-08) and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $20 million “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD)” grant to the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). This federal funding will help Massport expand its volume capacity by 100,000 containers at the Conley Container Terminal, as well as construct a new Cypher-E freight corridor in South Boston.
The need to reinvest in the country’s transportation infrastructure has been a simmering issue for years on Capitol Hill. Advocates say federal funding for highways and public transit has lagged for decades, leading to an increasingly obsolete and inefficient network.
However, according to Rep. Ayanna Pressley, the solution isn’t just about increasing spending, but where that money is spent.
“Transportation literally affects everything,” Pressley told Boston.com in an interview. “It’s ultimately just a social justice issue.”
A plan to reprioritize federal transportation spending was introduced by members of Congress today after recent reports that show an alarming rise in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities on the nation’s roadways.
The Vision Zero Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Vern Buchanan, and Ayanna Pressley, would make federal transportation funding available for communities to implement Vision Zero programs by redesigning streets to eliminate pedestrian deaths and accommodate multiple modes of transportation.
For years, transportation systems in the Massachusetts 7th congressional district and across the country have perpetuated disparities - forcing many of our low-income neighbors to pay more, endure long commutes, and lose pay and family time. With our current transportation infrastructure entrenched as one of the largest sources of carbon emissions, it is critical that we support multi-modal transportation options like cycling, rapid speed transit, and walking.