Infrastructure and Transportation

Investment in our nation’s aging transportation and infrastructure is not only important for public safety, but it is vital to creating jobs, strengthening our economy, and making America competitive in the 21st Century.  Studies have show that our economy grows by $5 for every $1 invested in infrastructure.

As a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I am responsible for overseeing all modes of transportation in the country, such as air, roads and rail.  It is my duty to ensure that transportation across the nation is safe and efficient, such as air traffic at my district's Newark Liberty International Airport.  I was proud to vote for the Moving Forward Act, which invests $1.5 trillion in the nation’s aging infrastructure.  This investment includes billions for Gateway Program projects, which are projects along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and are the most critical infrastructure projects in the country.

As a member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, I have the duty of overseeing the nation’s public and private railroads to ensure they are safe and operate properly.  During my time as a member of the Subcommittee, I have fought successfully for several local projects and initialtives.  During the coronavirus public health crisis, I voted to provide $1.4 billion in emergency funding for New Jersey TRANSIT to help offset the significant decline in passengers.  I supported $700 million for Northeast Corridor rail projects, which include Gateway projects such as replacing the aging Hudson River tunnel.  Also, I helped secure federal approval to replace the Portal North Bridge, a separate Gateway project that will replace the 110-year old railroad bridge that carries passengers from New Jersey into New York and connects the entire East Coast.  We need this new tunnel and bridge to keep rail transportation moving along the busiest rail corridor in the country.  

Safe and reliable transportation is critical to northern New Jersey.  The Tenth Congressional District contains Newark Liberty International Airport, Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, portions of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, and sections of I-95.  These modes of transportation are critical to moving passengers, cargo coming from across the world, and traffic to and from New York City.  That is why I will continue to fight to get them the support and resources they need to operate effectively and efficiently for all Americans.

More on Infrastructure and Transportation

April 12, 2021 Press Release

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April 9, 2021 Press Release

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April 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. sent a letter today to Robert Sumwalk, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), regarding uninvestigated railroad and hazardous material accidents in 2019.  As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, Rep. Payne, Jr. wants to know what factors determine whether an accident is investigated and what prevents the board from conducting more accident investigations.

March 31, 2021 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. released the following statement regarding today’s release of President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan.  The plan would create millions of new jobs to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure and water distribution system, modernize our nation’s schools and childcare facilities, and upgrade American veterans’ hospitals.

February 5, 2021 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. wrote a letter to President Joe Biden yesterday to make the testing and removal of lead in school drinking water a primary concern in his administration.  The issue has been one of Rep. Payne, Jr.’s top priorities in Congress, especially after unsafe levels were found in the drinking water of some residents in Newark, N.J.  The city is the Congressman’s hometown and part of his 10th Congressional District.       

January 26, 2021 Press Release

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January 11, 2021 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. wants to make sure the Portal North Bridge receives the federal attention and funding necessary in the new Congress to finish the project as soon as possible.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. was proud to vote for the Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act today to support New Jersey residents and all Americans during the coronavirus health and economic crisis. 

December 16, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. wants President-elect Joe Biden to make the Gateway Program, also known as the Gateway projects, a greater transportation priority in his administration.