December 03, 2015

Hirono Supports Five-Year Transportation Bill That Will Bring $1.3 Billion To Hawaii

Legislation Also Reauthorizes Export-Import Bank

Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted to support H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, legislation that will fund our nation’s highways and transportation infrastructure for the next five years. The FAST Act passed the Senate 83-16 and is headed to the President’s desk for his signature. 

“The FAST Act is long overdue and will provide stability for transportation agencies as we continue to search for solutions to modernize and maintain our critical infrastructure needs,” said Senator Hirono. “While not perfect, this bill supports bus and public transit programs that many Hawaii commuters and visitors rely on every day. In addition, this legislation finally reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, which has helped Hawaii businesses make more than $6 million in the past five years. This highway bill is a five-year commitment to good paying jobs and keeping our highways, buses, bridges, and other transportation projects moving forward.”

From 2015 through 2020, Hawaii will receive over $1.3 billion in federal transportation funds. $261 million will go toward public transit, and nearly $1.1 billion will be allocated to improve infrastructure. The legislation also reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, which has been in limbo since its charter expired in June.