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Wrapping up the “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour in Texas

This morning, our bus pulled up to its second-to-last stop: Garland, Texas, a city of about 200,000 outside Dallas.  

If you’ve been following along with our tour, you know that, at previous stops, my team and I have disembarked the bus to see infrastructure projects underway – highways, bridges, transit lines – all things that are helping improve lives and promote commerce. 

But I wasn’t in Garland to see anything, so to speak.  And that’s because there isn’t funding to build it. 

Photo of Secretary Foxx speaking at the Lyndon Johnson Freeway project event

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to I-635 LBJ Freeway

Highlights Project’s Potential Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

GARLAND, Texas -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited the proposed I-635 LBJ Freeway East improvement project near Dallas today as part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, calling it an investment in Texas’ economic future that could be achieved if Congress would support a long-term transportation bill.   The Secretary’s visit is part of a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.  Secretary Foxx was joined by Garland Mayor Douglas Athas and numerous local and state officials.

Shreveport’s I-49 North project to expand economic growth in the region and across the country

Yesterday’s leg of my “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour ended with a visit to the site of the I-49 North Segment K project currently under way in Shreveport, Louisiana.

A 19-mile segment opened last year, and construction workers are now completing the final mile of a 10-mile segment of the project, which is slated to open in May. 

It’s a remarkable effort, one eight years in the making.  And it’s going to make a huge difference – not just in the lives of the folks who live near there, but folks throughout the nation. 

Photo of Secretary Foxx at the I-49 North project event

Creating Ladders of Opportunity in Rural America

I started day four of my “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour by participating in a roundtable discussion with Congressman Bennie Thompson and local officials at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi.  It was a great opportunity to hear firsthand about the challenges facing the region and the need to create ladders of opportunity to connect folks to jobs, schools, and a better quality of life.

Photo of Secretary Foxx speaking at the roundtable meeting at Tougaloo College

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to I-49 North Segment K in Shreveport

Highlights Project’s Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

SHREVEPORT, La. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today joined state and local officials at the “Segment K” I-49 extension project as part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, calling it an investment in Louisiana’s economic future that could be replicated across the country if Congress would support a long-term transportation bill.  “Segment K” is part of a corridor that, when completed, will connect the ports of Shreveport and New Orleans to markets around the world.  The Secretary’s visit is part of a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

Nashville’s I-40 bridge project: An opportunity to improve lives, create jobs

Over the past two days, I’ve visited projects where investment in transportation has made a huge difference in peoples’ lives, creating jobs and lifting whole communities.  Unfortunately, there are some communities where there isn’t enough funding for investments like these.

That’s why I visited Nashville, Tennessee this afternoon – meeting with Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee DOT – to see the I-40 bridges.

Photo of Secretary Foxx speaking at the Nashville I-40 bridge project event

 

Efficient freight operations on display at UPS Worldport

After visiting the Ohio River Bridges project, I headed to UPS Worldport in Louisville, where I had a great conversation with Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPS, and business leaders from around the region.

What they made clear to me is the scope of the challenge we’re facing when it comes to transportation in America. 

By 2050, we’re going to have to haul an additional 14 billion tons of freight around this country. Needless to say, without new investment, supply chains will fall apart, hindering job growth and harming retailers, manufacturers, and the millions of American consumers who need their goods to be transported efficiently and affordably.

That’s why we’re working so hard to spread the message that investments in infrastructure are absolutely crucial to the health of our nation’s economy.

After our roundtable discussion, I had a chance to tour the Worldport facility with Scott Davis.  It’s a great operation – processing an average of 1.6 million packages a day.  In fact, I learned that the average package spends only 13 minutes inside the facility!  We have one of the best freight systems in the world – but we need to continue investing to stay that way.

Photo of Secretary Foxx touring UPS Worldport

 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to Charlotte Avenue Bridge

Highlights Need for Improved Safety, Capacity as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined state and local officials at the Charlotte Avenue Bridge today as part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, calling the proposed project an example of critical transportation work that is being left undone because of a lack of investment.  The Secretary’s visit is part of a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to Ohio River Bridges Project

Highlights Project’s Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman John Yarmuth and state and local officials today at the $2.34 billion Ohio River Bridges project, calling it “an example for the nation” of the sort of large-scale job creation and transportation investment that Congress can make possible by reauthorizing a long-term transportation bill this year.  The Secretary’s visit is part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to Siemens Norwood Motors Plant

Highlights Plant’s Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

NORWOOD, Ohio— U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today visited the Siemens USA, Norwood Motors Manufacturing Facility where workers are building traction motors and gears for 70 energy-efficient, electric locomotives as part of Amtrak’s equipment modernization effort.  The Secretary’s visit is part his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

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