Our transportation infrastructure has been at the heart of America’s success, from the Erie Canal to the interstate highway system. Yet, across the country, the infrastructure that helped build our great economy has fallen into disrepair. Congresswoman Slaughter believes investing in our nation's transportation infrastructure should be one of our top priorities. Such investments would not only put millions of Americans back to work, but would also allow our nation to remain economically competitive in the global economy of the 21st century.
In addition to rebuilding our roads and airports, the congresswoman strongly supports the development of fast, efficient, and affordable rail travel in Rochester and Western New York. As a result of the congresswoman’s efforts, Amtrak ridership to and from Rochester has steadily improved, and ridership across the country has been growing. Those numbers will only increase as rail travel becomes more efficient and convenient.
- Maintaining National Infrastructure: Congresswoman Slaughter recognizes the need for sustainable funding to maintain and repair our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives our country’s infrastructure a nearly failing grade of D+. ASCE recommends the United States invest $3.6 trillion by 2020 to bring U.S. infrastructure to a state of good repair. The congresswoman strongly supports that goal.
- Rochester Area Projects: In Monroe County, 39 percent of bridges are rated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, higher than the national average. Over a third of the roads in the Rochester area are rated in poor or mediocre condition. Congresswoman Slaughter has worked to maximize the federal dollars dedicated to local projects to make traveling around Rochester safer and more convenient.
- Upstate Passenger Rail: Improving passenger rail service in Rochester is one of the congresswoman’s top priorities. The repair of existing tracks and the creation of a third rail dedicated to passengers will allow people to move efficiently back and forth across the Upstate region, improve commerce, generate new tourism opportunities, and spark the economic revitalization of Western New York for generations to come.
- Rochester High Speed Rail: Connecting Rochester to the rest of New York with high-speed rail will revitalize Monroe County. Congresswoman Slaughter advocates for an enhanced transportation system across the state that will allow daily commuters easy access to New York City and beyond, attract businesses to Rochester, and improve the economic capacity of the area.
- Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC): Congresswoman Slaughter has been a leader in supporting the development of the new intermodal train station. She secured $15 million in federal funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program that contributed a bulk of the funding for the station. Construction began in December of 2014 and is expected to be completed by fall 2017.
- Inner Loop: In 2013, the congresswoman secured $17.7 million in federal funding to bring the eastern section of the Inner Loop to grade, which will connect Rochester neighborhoods that have been separated since the 1950s. This project has the potential to create thousands of jobs while opening up over nine acres for economic development and reconnecting areas of our city that have been cut off from downtown for far too long. Construction began in November of 2014.
- Airport Improvements: The congresswoman has helped secure $27 million for improvements at the Greater Rochester International Airport since 2007. These funds have been used for projects to rehabilitate runways and taxiways at the airport, as well as other important improvements to make air travel to and from Rochester easier and safer.
- Co-Chair Congressional High-Speed and Intercity Rail Caucus: Congresswoman Slaughter is the founder and co-chair of the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus. This caucus of senators and representatives advocates for an improved high-speed and intercity passenger rail network that will reduce greenhouse emissions, clear clogged highways, and improve the flow of goods and people across the United States.
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Last week, I got an inside look at the progress going on at the Inner Loop, a project that’s helped create hundreds of new construction jobs and that’s reconnecting neighborhoods in Rochester. This project would not have been possible without a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, federal funding I am proud to have secured for this initiative.
Last week, I had the honor of opening the doors to the new, Rochester Intermodal Station on Central Avenue.
WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement on Republican’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget ahead of a committee meeting on the proposal this afternoon.
ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today discussed the dangers of President Trump’s budget cuts at the Inner Loop following a tour of the project earlier in the day. Slaughter spearheaded this project for many years, securing a highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to reconnect the Rochester neighborhoods that have been separated by Rochester's Inner Loop since the 1960s.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today announced that the Rochester train station’s grand opening will take place this Friday, October 6th. Governor Cuomo and state and local leaders will be joining Slaughter at the event. Slaughter secured the federal funding that made the new station possible, and this grand opening marks a big boost to her efforts to improve the region’s transportation infrastructure.
ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the Greater Rochester International Airport has received a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for airport improvements. The funding will be used to rehabilitate an apron, enhance security, improve the drainage of storm water runoff, and install apron flood lighting and fencing. The Rochester airport sustains more than 10,000 jobs generating $295 million in income, adding more than $800 million to the local economy annually.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the Greater Rochester International Airport has received a $1.1 million award from the Department of Transportation to reconstruct an existing de-icing pad. In 2016, Rep. Slaughter announced a $1.9 million grant to build an 11,700 square foot deicing containment facility at the airport.
In the coming weeks, the Rochester intermodal train station will open its doors to our community. Unlike the nearly 40-year-old “temporary” and deficient station that stood before it, our new station will be fully compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a law that celebrates its 27th anniversary this week.