Curbelo on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Markup
“This bill authorizes federal surface transportation programs for six years and improves our nation’s infrastructure system by prioritizing funding and providing more flexibility to states.
I am pleased that several of my initiatives that will greatly benefit South Florida were included in this Surface Transportation bill. A bipartisan amendment I offered with Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01) would encourage states to develop roadways with the safety of everyone in mind, including public transportation vehicles and riders, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Recent studies conducted by AARP indicate that the top four deadliest cities for pedestrians are in Florida, including Miami. It was very important to me that this language be included in the bill and I appreciate its adoption by voice vote.
In addition, I was very pleased to see robust authorization levels for the important University Transportation Center program, which will receive $72.5 million per year with incremental increases over the next six years. 125 universities across the country participate in the UTC program, conducting critical research to develop future transportation technologies. Florida International University in our Congressional District is a world-recognized leader in Accelerated Bridge Construction and I’m proud to advocate on their and all the UTCs behalf here in Congress. I introduced a bill earlier this month, H.R. 3665, with Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03) to authorize UTCs at $72.5 million and am glad to see this same language included today.
I sincerely thank Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio for all of their hard work in crafting this important bill to authorize our surface transportation programs. This legislation embodies the essence of bipartisanship and I'm proud to serve on a Committee that's dedicated to the regular order process and giving every Member a voice.”
H.R. 3763 was reported out of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on October 22 by voice vote.