NEWS: Representatives Murphy, Soto, Demings Send Regional Transportation Priorities to Trump Administration
Urge Inclusion of Central Florida Priorities in President’s Infrastructure Plan
Today, Representatives Stephanie Murphy (FL-7), Darren Soto (FL-9) and Val Demings (FL10) sent a letter to the White House Budget Director outlining regional transportation infrastructure priority projects in Central Florida. President Trump has made increased infrastructure spending a central part of his agenda. The letter by Reps. Murphy, Soto and Demings provides the Trump Administration with a list of priority transportation infrastructure projects in their region for potential inclusion in any future transportation infrastructure investment program.
“The greater Orlando metropolitan area is home to numerous high-profile destinations, venues and institutions, and therefore requires a world-class transportation infrastructure network to support the safe and efficient movement of residents and visitors,” said Representatives Murphy, Soto and Demings, “The President has called on Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion infrastructure investment. We look forward to working with the Administration on this initiative, and we hope that these priority transportation infrastructure projects in our region will be included in the President’s forthcoming budget request to Congress.”
March 15, 2017
Dear Director Mulvaney:
The American Society of Civil Engineers, in its annual report card, consistently gives the United States low grades with respect to the state of its infrastructure, including its transportation infrastructure. In the President’s January 2017 inauguration speech, he said: “We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation.” In the President’s February 2017 address to Congress, he reiterated this promise. He also described the interstate highway system as the “last truly great national infrastructure program”; called for a “new program of national rebuilding”; and said he would ask Congress to approve legislation “that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States—financed through both public and private capital.”
Consistent with these pledges, when the Administration submits its budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year 2018, we urge you to prioritize new federal investments in the U.S. transportation infrastructure system, providing robust funding to modernize highways, rail systems, bus systems, airports, and bridges. Smart capital investment in transportation infrastructure can generate economic growth, create jobs, facilitate commerce, and otherwise improve quality of life—reducing traffic congestion, commuting times, and environmental pollution.
We understand that, at your request, many state and territory governors have provided you with a list of important infrastructure projects in their jurisdictions that could be partially funded by the federal government (and partially funded by state and local governments) as part of any future transportation infrastructure investment program. As the representatives of three adjacent congressional districts in central Florida, we write to provide our own, non-exhaustive list of priority transportation infrastructure projects in the region.
Central Florida—in particular, the greater Orlando metropolitan area—is home to numerous high-profile destinations, venues and institutions, and therefore requires a world-class transportation infrastructure network to support the safe and efficient movement of residents and visitors. In 2014, Orlando became the first metropolitan area in U.S. history to surpass 60 million annual visitors. Notable locations in our districts include:
In preparing the below list of transportation infrastructure priorities in our region, we sought input from counties and cities in our districts, including Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Auburndale, Belle Isle, Casselberry, Eatonville, Edgewood, Haines City, Kissimmee, Lake Alfred, Lake Mary, Lake Wales, Longwood, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Oviedo, Sanford, St. Cloud, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Haven, Winter Park, and Winter Springs. We have the priority lists that each of them provided on file, and are happy to share those lists with the Administration upon request. Our focus in this letter is on larger regional projects, but we emphasize that we also support funding for more localized project priorities communicated to us by county and city governments within our districts.
Regional Transportation Infrastructure Priority Projects
These are among the important transportation infrastructure projects in central Florida in need of capital investment, and there are numerous others. We respectfully ask that you prioritize funding for such projects in your forthcoming budget request to Congress, and we look forward to supporting such funding requests in the appropriations process.
/s/ Stephanie Murphy
cc: The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation