Pappas Delivers Over $1.3 Billion for NH in House Transportation and Infrastructure Package

June 3, 2020
Press Release
The INVEST in America Act also includes Pappas’s priorities to build active-transportation routes, increase funding for New Start programs, and more resilient infrastructure
Today Congressman Chris Pappas, who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, helped announce a new infrastructure package that will invest more than $1.3 billion in New Hampshire’s infrastructure. With $1.2 billion for road projects and an estimated $130 million for transit, this represents more than a 30% increase in federal funding for New Hampshire. 

The INVEST in America Act also includes key priorities that Pappas has championed to move New Hampshire’s economy forward. This includes legislation Pappas introduced to create a federal grant program that will build bike and pedestrian infrastructure, increased funding for New Start programs, and policies that will result in more resilient infrastructure in the face of a rapidly changing environment. Furthermore, this legislation requires the Federal Highway Administration to work with the states to evaluate the current funding structures and ensure small states such as New Hampshire receive the support they need.

“As our state begins the difficult process of safely reopening and recovering from this crisis, federal investments in New Hampshire’s roads, bridges, waterways, and rail lines have never been more important,” said Congressman Pappas. “This package will significantly expand federal investment to meet our state’s urgent transportation needs and help expedite critical projects. I am pleased the bill reflects my priorities to create a dedicated program for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, increase funding for New Start programs that can support commuter rail expansion, and provisions for climate resiliency that will protect our environment and improve quality of life.”

“By making a $500 billion investment in rebuilding our nation over the next five years, this legislation will grow our economy, put Granite Staters back to work, and protect our environment. The commitment we are making today to repair and renew America’s infrastructure is long overdue, and I look forward to working with leaders from both parties to see this package signed into law by the President,” Pappas continued. 

Specially, the INVEST in America Act will:  
  • Tackle the massive backlog of roads, bridges, transit, and rail systems in need of repair and replacement.
  • Make investments in Amtrak and passenger and freight rail in order to create a robust, reliable rail system and to address long-neglected maintenance needs in the Northeast Corridor. 
  • Improve access to Federal funding to help communities around the country undertake transformational projects that are smarter, safer, and made to last.
  • Build more resilient infrastructure that will withstand the impacts of climate change and extreme weather.
  • Prioritize carbon pollution reduction, investing in public transit and the national passenger and freight rail network, building out fueling infrastructure for low- and zero-emission vehicles, and deploying technology and innovative materials.