Keeping RI Moving: Investing in Roads, Ports, and Mass-Transit
Our transportation infrastructure is the backbone of our economy, affecting the way we live, work, travel, and do business. Senator Reed has championed critical road, highway, bus, rail, and port projects in Rhode Island.
Reed has delivered millions of dollars in federal funding to improve Rhode Island’s roads, repair our bridges, expand commuter rail service, modernize RIPTA buses, upgrade our ports and airports, and ensure access to high-speed rail.
Reed helped write the last major surface transportation bill (known as “SAFETEA-LU”), which included over $1.2 billion for Rhode Island and ensured the state receives about $3 in federal transportation funding for every $1 Rhode Islanders pay in gas taxes.
Key Priorities & Accomplishments
- In an effort to expand our state’s freight rail service, create jobs, and grow Rhode Island’s economy, Reed worked for over a decade to secure $55 million to make the Rhode Island Freight Rail Improvement Project (FRIP) a reality.
- Reed helped secure over $60 million to expand commuter rail service to South County, which will help ease traffic in the southern half of the state, and make upgrade Rhode Island train stations and high-speed railways.
- To help create jobs and spur economic growth, Reed helped direct over $22 million to upgrade Quonset’s Port of Davisville and over $10 million to help transform the Port of Providence into a modern marine cargo center that will diversify shipping options in the region.
- Reed helped write the law that included over $84 million for RIPTA - a 71% increase for the state - to modernize its bus fleet and expand public transportation options throughout the state.
WARWICK, RI - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representative James Langevin today joined Governor Lincoln Chafee to announce a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for the Apponaug Circulator Long-Term Improvements Project in Warwic...Posted on 9/5/2013 |
Rhode Island has received a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant for the Apponaug Circulator Long-Term Improvements Project in Warwick, according to a joint announcement Thursday by U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. The Rhode Island Department of Transportat...Posted on 9/5/2013 |
WARWICK, RI - U.S. Senator Jack Reed today met with Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) officials to get a progress report on the T.F. Green modernization plan and a firsthand look at some of the work being done to improve the airport. Today, airport officials began preliminary work on the...Posted on 7/29/2013 |
Senator Reed helps break ground on construction of the new I-95 Providence Viaduct, which was built in 1964 and must be replaced due to deterioration. The Providence Viaduct is a critical part of the I-95 corridor carrying over 220,000 vehicles per day. Last year, Rhode Island’s Congressional dele...Posted on 7/15/2013 |
U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 22 to 8 to approve the 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The $107.5 billion Appropriations bill would boost funds for bridges, high...Posted on 6/28/2013 |
Senator Reed joined state and local officials and Amtrak Northeast Corridor Planning and Performance Chief Drew Galloway in Providence to unveil new plans to improve the Providence Train Station. Reed helped secure $5.2 million in federal funds for this project....Posted on 4/15/2013 |
Senator Reed helps break ground on the next phase of the I-195 relocation project. Reed helped secure $15 million in federal funds to help construct the Iway and free up land for development and public space, and more recently to have supported the 2014 Senate budget, which provides $100 billion for transport...Posted on 4/8/2013 |