Ruppersberger Helps Secure Funding for Road, Rail and Port Projects Throughout Maryland
(Washington, DC) – The House Appropriations Committee has passed legislation that includes funding for road, rail and port projects throughout Maryland championed by Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2021 cleared the committee Tuesday and now heads to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.
The $158 billion bill funds housing and transportation projects vital to our way of life. It also includes $75 billion in emergency spending to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by investing in our nation’s infrastructure.
“Perhaps no government funding bill has such a direct and immediate effect on American lives than this one,” said Congressman Ruppersberger. “We are all seeing the consequences of decades of inadequate investment in housing and transportation. I am proud to support this much-needed funding, which will support and create jobs here in Maryland.”
An Appropriator, Congressman Ruppersberger leveraged his role to secure funding for projects including:
- $300 million for the Port Infrastructure Development Program, a competitive grant program that benefits the Port of Baltimore;
- $750 million for grants to improve Amtrak rail service throughout the Northeast Corridor including the Baltimore-Washington region;
- $105 million for the development of magnetic levitation technology, supporting a proposed high-speed rail project connecting Baltimore and Washington;
- $10 million for the Baltimore-based Cable Security Fleet Program, which counters threats to our undersea communication cables posed by Russia, China and others;
- $150 million for the National Park Service’s road repair program, including language requiring NPS to prioritize improvements to commuter routes like the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.