Conference Report on H.R. 22, Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015by Representative Barbara Comstock
Posted on 2015-12-03
COMSTOCK. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this bipartisan
transportation authorization, the Fixing America's Surface
Transportation Act, also known as the FAST Act.
I thank the Chairman for his leadership on this bipartisan transportation reauthorization.
This is a 5-year bill that provides both budgetary certainty and project flexibility for our states and localities so that they may invest in and upgrade our transportation system and do so with more innovative technologies and approaches.
The certainty provided by this long-term bill also saves money by stopping the short term patches that complicate planning and yield cost overruns.
As a representative in Northern Virginia, I know too well the traffic congestion issues we face and appreciate that this bill provides much- needed assistance in this area.
I am pleased to have served on the Conference Committee for this bill, and pleased that numerous provisions from one of my bills on congestion relief and research were included.
This measure will help promote the development of transportation technologies and tools for congestion relief.
The bill also includes some of my provisions related to Metro safety and accountability that I worked on with my DC and Maryland counterparts, Ms. Holmes Norton and Ms. Edwards.
Again, I thank everyone involved in this process.
I urge my colleagues to support the FAST Act.