Several of Curbelo’s Initiatives Signed into Law in Transportation Bill
Washington, D.C.—On Friday evening, President Obama signed into law the Conference Report for H.R. 22, the FAST Act. This important new law includes several initiatives championed by Rep. Curbelo that will directly benefit South Florida communities. Rep. Curbelo offered the following statement:
“The FAST Act includes a bipartisan amendment I offered with Rep. Titus that will protect pedestrians in congested traffic areas. Recent AARP reports indicate that the top four deadliest cities in the country for pedestrians are in Florida, including Miami. Senior citizens are disproportionately affected by narrow and dangerous walkways, and this language will ensure sidewalks are expanded and made safer for the pedestrians of South Florida.
This new law also provides ample funding levels for the University Transportation Center program which will benefit schools like Florida International University, a globally-recognized leader in Accelerated Bridge Construction. I’m proud the FAST Act included language similar to a bill I introduced with Rep. Lipinski to strengthen funding for UTC programs across the country that will provide critical research to develop future transportation technologies.
Lastly, the FAST Act included a bill I introduced that will improve South Florida’s water and sewage infrastructure by allowing tax-exempt municipal bonds to be used in conjunction with the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). Miami-Dade County’s Water and Sewer Department is one of the ten largest utilities in the nation, with over 14,000 miles of pipelines dating back over forty years. This important change to WIFIA will allow cities like Miami to not only create good jobs, but will also repair their quickly deteriorating infrastructure systems that will provide clean water to communities across the country.
The FAST Act will provide five years of fully paid-for transportation projects throughout the country to fix our aging infrastructure, and I am proud that it was signed into law.”
The Conference Report for H.R. 22, the FAST Act, was adopted by both the House and Senate on December 3, 2015 by a vote of 359-65 and 83-16, respectively. It was signed into law by President Obama on December 4, 2015.