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Creating Safe Roads and Transportation Jobs

Bill funds highway, public transit and safety programs for the next two years.

Most Americans rely on our road and public transportation systems every day to reach jobs and schools, businesses and health care, and family and friends. We need to find ways to expand and improve our options to better reflect the way Americans live today. Today I am proud of our bipartisan effort in the Senate to pass the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, which funds our highway, public transit and safety programs for the next two years.  

This legislation will lead to safer roads, while also creating up to 3 million good paying jobs over the next two years while rebuilding our aging infrastructure. I am proud to say this legislation will bring roughly $800 million each year for the next two years to Wisconsin in order to repair our highway system, make needed repairs to our bridges, and provide critical investments toward mass transit. 

According to the Wisconsin Urban & Rural Transit Association, nearly 50% of Wisconsin transit riders rely on buses to get to jobs, and students in high school and college all across Wisconsin utilize mass transit to get to classes. Safe and efficient transportation systems don’t just move people, they open doors to opportunity.

To help senior citizens, this bill also includes some key provisions from my “Senior Transportation and Mobility Improvement Act.” I worked successfully with my colleagues on the Senate Banking Committee to include an amendment that provides states with greater flexibility in using federal funding for programs that help ensure mobility for seniors who do not have access to public transportation. These funds assist with the costs of operating vehicles, such as insurance, rising fuel costs and driver compensation. 

This transportation bill was long overdue and I am pleased my colleagues worked together to craft this legislation in a bipartisan way. Wisconsin depends on this funding to begin or continue projects that improve our infrastructure and sustain good-paying jobs. 

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Steve March 19, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I guess the other half take it to school, mall, summerfest, homies house
Bren March 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Thank you, Senator Kohl!
C. Sanders March 21, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Just what America needs, more "temporary" road construction jobs with inflated costs to pay union scale, payoffs and other mischief. Gee, thanks Herb for?????
James R Hoffa March 21, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Attention Fellow Walker Backers - This Is A Call To Arms: Proudly show your support for Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and our fellow State Senators at a rally being held at Brookfield Square Mall this Saturday, March 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information on this event, brought to you by the same grassroots team that organized the highly successful 'Celebrate Walker' rally, please visit the official homepage for the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/307338025994069/ Hope to see you all there!!!
Lucinda Kaczorowski March 23, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Count how many "senior" riders are on a city bus. What a bunch of hooey! I agree with C. Sanders (see above)

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