Blumenauer Secures Funding to Reconnect Communities and Invest in Local Transportation Projects in House Passage of INVEST in America Act

July 1, 2021
Press Release
Legislation would support projects such as Albina Vision, safety on 181st Ave and 82nd Ave, and more.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, which makes transformational investments in America’s highways, roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water infrastructure to create jobs, modernize our infrastructure, and reduce carbon pollution. The legislation, which puts core pieces of President Biden’s infrastructure vision into legislative text, also includes key provisions secured by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) to reconnect communities, make streets safer, support biking infrastructure, and invest in transportation projects in Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District.

“Today marks a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring federal transportation policy into the 21st Century. Unlike past reauthorization bills, this legislation is centered around climate action and equity. It makes historic investments in public transit, returns parity to the federal share provided to transit and highways, and integrates bikeshare and shared mobility into transit projects. It invests in Amtrak and high-speed rail, as well as biking and walking,” said Blumenauer, who presided over today’s vote. “I am especially encouraged by the newly created reconnecting neighborhoods program, which will provide federal funding for projects, like Albina Vision, to rebuild underserved communities that have been negatively impacted by past transportation decisions. In passing this legislation, my community and communities across the country will be made safer with the incorporation of my Vision Zero legislation. This is an unprecedented opportunity to deliver for our country and we are ready to get this job done.” 

Key priorities secured by Blumenauer include:

  • The creation of a Reconnecting Neighborhoods Program to provide federal funding for projects – like Albina Vision – to remediate economically disadvantaged and underserved communities that have been negatively impacted by past transportation decisions;
  • More than $20 million for local transportation projects including:
    • $4 million for safety improvements on 181st Ave. in Gresham;
    • $5 million for safety improvements on 82nd Ave. in Portland;
    • $5 million for Rose Lanes/High Crash Corridor – Smart Tech and Safety Improvements on 122nd Ave. in Portland;
    • $2 million for Safety and Smart Technology Investments in the Central City on Broadway in Portland; and
    • $4 million for TriMet Zero Emission Bus Infrastructure in Portland.
  • The Vision Zero Act to allow for the design and implementation of Vision Zero program to utilize federal transportation funding;
  • The Bikeshare Transit Act to make bikeshare eligible for federal transit funding;
  • The PLACE Act to establish a national clearinghouse to study the secondary influences of autonomous vehicles in our communities;
  • The Road User Charge Advancement Act to fund state projects like OReGO to implement transportation funding alternatives;
  • And more.

Full text of the INVEST in America Act is available here.