Transportation & Infrastructure
Investing In Infrastructure to Create Jobs Now
Illinois’ 17th Congressional District is a central hub for shipping goods and people over road, rail, water and through the air.
The region is home to three international airports (Quad City International Airport, Peoria International Airport and Chicago Rockford International Airport), in addition to smaller regional airports.
The region is also home to thousands of miles of highway that connect east to west and north to south, and bring goods and people over the Mississippi River.
Cities across the region are also eagerly waiting funding of long-planned Amtrak routes that would bring jobs and economic opportunity to communities large and small.
Finally, the entire western border of the Congressional District is met by the Mississippi River, on which the barge transportation of agricultural products, and other products and goods, is key to commerce in the region.
As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Aviation and Highways and Transit Subcommittees, I am committed to fighting for all of the region’s airports, roads, bridges, and rail lines because investing in our infrastructure will not only create jobs now but will lead to even greater future prosperity.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her rail safety advocacy following the train derailment near Galena by joining with Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) and 35 of her colleagues in asking Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Ranking Member David Price (NC-4) to support robust funding that helps ensure the safe transportation of energy products, including the shipment of crude oil.
Following the recent BNSF train derailment south of Galena, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called for renewing efforts to create the strongest possible safety standards for the transportation of flammable materials such as crude oil by rail. In a letter to the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, the Illinois members cited booming oil production in the Bakken region and Canadian tar sands that have caused an exponential increase in shipments of crude oil.
SUBJ: Bustos Continues Fighting for the Right Priorities during Second Year in Office
DATE: December 19th, 2014