Senator Reed joined representatives from the Rhode Island Public Transportation Association (RIPTA) and Newport officials at a ribbon cutting to celebrate the restoration and redesign of the Newport Transportation and Visitors Center on America’s Cup Avenue. The roughly $6 million project, funded mostly with federal grants, has repaired heavy storm damage that the facility sustained in 2012 during Superstorm Sandy. The project also provides safety upgrades and improved aesthetics to the exterior bus, passenger and pedestrian areas of the busy facility. As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), Senator Reed supported the establishment of a $3 billion competitive grant fund through the Federal Transit Association’s (FTA) Hurricane Sandy Resilience Program for public transportation resiliency projects in regions affected by the storm.
Reed Brings Head of FAA to RI to Help Celebrate Completion of Runway Extension at T.F. Green Airport
After working for years to help broker agreements and secure federal funding to extend the main runway by 1,500 feet and make other key improvements to T.F. Green Airport, Senator Reed led a celebration of the new and improved runway at T.F. Green Airport.
Reed, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD), helped direct roughly $110 million in federal funding to extend the runway and modernize the airport. The longer runway has made it possible for the airport to accommodate larger aircraft and add non-stop service to Europe and the West Coast. Senator Reed says the extended runway helps attract new tourism, jobs, and business to Rhode Island.
Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee who has delivered key funding for federal research, joined Governor Raimondo and others at the ground breaking of the Wexford Innovation Center in the heart of Providence’s jewelry district. Developed by Wexford Science and Technology, the Wexford Innovation Center will be a multi-purpose hub of innovation in the city. Brown University’s School of Professional Studies and the Cambridge Innovation Center are serving as the project’s anchor tenants. According to a study by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the center will house up to 800 jobs once the project is fully operational.
With a vote expected on the latest Senate Republican Trumpcare bill - known as the “Graham-Cassidy” bill - in the Senate, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined with doctors and senior advocates to discuss how the bill would hurt Rhode Islanders and Americans across the country and would force patients and states to pay more for less health coverage.
Reed Tours Lincoln Fire Department to See New, Improved Emergency Communications Equipment in Action
After delivering nearly $650,000 in federal funding to help the Albion, Lime Rock, Manville, Quinville, and Saylvesville Fire Districts - along with the Lincoln Rescue Department - purchase new communications equipment, Senator Reed joined firefighters and public officials at the Lime Rock Fire Station in Lincoln for a celebration and firsthand look at the enhanced emergency communications gear.
Thanks to the federal funding, local firefighters have 70 new portable radios, 26 mobile radios, and 9 mobile repeater units to enhance the speed and effectiveness of communication between the districts.
Senator Reed took a tour of various locations and street murals in Westerly. Stops included Ritacco's Market, the Westerly Education Center, and the Westerly Health Center,
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