Transportation: Challenges and Solutions
Home to the largest passenger airport in the world, Metro Atlanta is the economic engine of the southeast. It is an honor to represent the fastest-growing urban community in the country. Unfortunately, with an economic and population explosion come logistical and commuting challenges for our community. In order to continue to attract jobs and new residents to Atlanta, we must tackle our transportation challenges head-on. We must reduce congestion, plan smart growth, and promote safety.
I began my congressional career on what was then the Public Works and Transportation Committee before moving to the Ways and Means Committee. Luckily, I am still able to work on transportation through financing our nation’s roads and airspace. I use my seniority on the powerful Ways and Means Committee to address issues related to transportation safety and workers, for example, fighting for passengers' rights and fair and equal distribution of air travel taxes during the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization process.
Over the years, I have successfully secured millions of dollars in funding to improve and expand Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Smart Card and Clean Bus programs, the Georgia North Line extension, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and the Metro Atlanta water and sewer initiatives. Much work remains at the local level to secure adequate funding for these key modes of our transportation and infrastructure.
Any growth must consider our current and future needs. Years ago, I initiated the fight against the explosion of billboards on American highways. I developed the framework for smoke-free transportation facilities that are now a national standard and led the congressional fight against visible pollution. I am also a leader on road, aviation, and motorcoach safety.
These fights are ongoing. Transportation solutions need to be environmentally-friendly and help our communities thrive. We must have walkable, bikable, safe neighborhoods with affordable transit alternatives. Transportation is the key to keeping Atlanta as at the forefront of our region.
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WASHINGTON – Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) submitted the following Floor Statement in support of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, that passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 233 to 188 on July 1.
The Georgia House is currently considering an amended version of S.B.131, which would have originally permitted the State of Georgia to take away ownership and operation of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from the City of Atlanta. The amended bill would not take over the airport but instead would create a Major Airport Legislative Oversight Commission to oversee Hartsfield-Jackson, as well as nine other airports in the state.
“For nearly a century, the people of the City of Atlanta have put their blood, sweat, and tears into the development of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, which today transports over 107 million travelers a year. It has been their vision and their leadership that had the capacity to transform an abandoned racetrack into the busiest airport in the world.
WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate passed H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which includes an amendment written by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in response to last December’s power outage at the Atlanta airport. The bill passed the House of Representatives last Wednesday.
On December 19 and 20, 2017, Congressional Republicans passed H.R. 1, their bill to cut taxes for the richest Americans and for corporations on the backs of working and middle-class families, students, and seniors.
This plan, first introduced in the House on November 2, affects every American, every taxpayer in current and future generations. In response to constituent concerns about this bill's impact, the below pages track every aspect of the bill's movement in the House and Senate.
Rep. John Lewis wrote the following letters in the wake of the Interstate 85 bridge collapse in Atlanta:
To mark tenth anniversary of the tragic Bluffton University bus crash on Interstate 75 in Atlanta, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Sen.
WASHINGTON – Following a series of recent high-profile bus crashes, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) urging completion of several overdue rules to improve motorcoach safety.
Periodically, Rep. John Lewis is notified that organizations within the 5th Congressional District have been selected to receive a variety of federal grants. This federal grants announcement will advise press and constituents of these notifications. This announcement details about $66,462,846 in federal grants coming to the 5th Congressional District.
What is the funding process for federal grants?