With a rapidly growing economy and population and Burlington Northern Santa Fe, American Airlines, and Tower 55 all residing in the district, it is especially important to Texas' 12th Congressional District that America has a transportation infrastructure system in place that is maintained, efficient and economical.
I am proud that in 2011, I was able to secure $50 million in transportation funding to support infrastructure projects in the district, including Tower 55.
I am pleased that in November 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation completed the Tower 55 improvements, as they will address long-term congestion issues and support the district’s continued economic growth. I also believe that the start-up funding for high-speed rail will allow Texas to begin exploring options for a future rail corridor that links Fort Worth to Houston.
While in Congress, I’ve also fought to improve I-35W, State Highway 121, and I-820, better our rail capabilities and throughways, and expand D/FW Airport and the surrounding municipal airports.
I believe that building and maintaining a strong transportation infrastructure is vitally important to managing economic growth and ensuring economic development. That’s why I’ll continue to work closely with transportation stakeholders and fight to make sure Texas’ 12th Congressional District receives the right federal assistance to address our infrastructure needs.
Whether driving kids to school or trucking products to one of Texas’ ports, it is vitally important that our highways are maintained and safe.
Texas’ 12th Congressional District is booming. More families, more companies and more traffic are coming to our area every day. We need to make sure our highways have the capacity to safely take us to our destinations.
We also need to ensure this capacity is used in a smart way to optimize our resources and space. And with over 300,000 miles of roadway in Texas already and more that should be built, finding ways to construct and maintain these highways will require teamwork between federal, state, and local governments.
In May 2015, the Highway Reauthorization bill will need to be renewed, and in the coming months, I will be looking closely at the long-term structural issues with our nation’s transportation funding streams. We must find a solution that helps provide certainty and solvency for the Highway Trust Fund, which gives states funding for critical transportation infrastructure projects that are important to our nation as a whole. As Congress begins work on this all-important piece of legislation, you can be sure that I will do my part to meet the highway needs of the 12th District and our nation in a fiscally responsible and sustainable way.
Trains can move one ton of freight nearly 450 miles on a single gallon of fuel, so with gas prices rising and highways becoming increasingly congested, it’s not difficult to see why rail transportation is once again becoming a critical piece of our nation’s transportation infrastructure.
Here in Texas’ 12th Congressional District, Tower 55 is one of the busiest rail intersections in the country. Located in downtown Fort Worth, Tower 55 connects freight and passenger trains that are traveling between the West Coast, the Midwest, the Gulf Coast, the Southeast, Canada and Mexico. As many of you know, this intersection gets pretty congested.
I strongly support the Tower 55 revitalization project, which was completed in November 2014. This project will improve rail traffic flow in Fort Worth, and will address congestion problems and provide economic growth opportunities to the 12th District.
Congress also needs to reauthorize the nation’s passenger rail policy, which creates pathways to make critical investments to our nation’s rail system. I will be working closely with other Members of Congress to pass legislation that balances rail transportation efficiency with safety.
Airlines and Air Travel
North Texas is the proud home of the two most dynamic domestic passenger airlines – American Airlines and Southwest Airlines – and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the economic engine for North Texas.
My work on airport and airline issues began over 20 years ago as the Mayor of Fort Worth and it’s been a pleasure to watch our area’s air travel capabilities expand in that time.
As your representative in Congress, I have worked very hard to improve the safety of air travel for passengers – even in the face of repeated attempted terrorist attacks and budget cuts. I have also fought to ensure the many airline employees – many of whom reside in the 12th District – have the tools they need to perform their duties and help all of us reach our destinations.
More on Transportation
FORT WORTH, TX – Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX12), Top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, provided the following statement regarding the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) plans to move forward with a Rule of Particular Applicability (RPA) for the Texas High Speed Rail Project, slated to connect Dallas and Houston:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), Top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $200 million to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority for TEXRail, and $8.775 million to the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and Texas DOT for a series of projects involving seven bridges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant to Fort Worth Alliance Airport. The award, which is for $5.5 million, will go to support a taxiway extension project needed after Amazon announced that it will open a regional air hub at the airport. The taxiway extension will provide Alliance the needed infrastructure to handle additional air traffic.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) announced that the North Central Texas Council of Governments will receive a $20,000,000 federal grant for the Alliance Texas/Haslet Accessibility Improvement Project to construct and extend multiple 4-lane highways. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) took part in a federal aviation grant announcement at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, along with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and others.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement regarding the Texas Delegation letter she recently co-led with Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) that supports the extension of the Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation deadline.
Stepping carefully around the muddy freight railroad tracks near downtown, dozens of federal, state and local officials gathered Friday to celebrate the completion of a $104 million project known as Tower 55.
The project, partly funded with $65 million from Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway and Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific Railroad, included the addition of a third north-south rail line running down the eastern edge of downtown.
Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, sent letters to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden urging the Administration to consider adding Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston (IAH) to the additional Ebola airport screening list.
While the country as a whole has been paralyzed from years of slow economic growth, Fort Worth and Dallas haven’t let that blur their visions for their own futures.
As the former mayor of Fort Worth, I understand the growing pains of a community on the rise. I have a unique appreciation for the dedication of local business leaders and elected officials who give their all to see their cities reach full potential. After years of strategic planning and smart infrastructure and economic development, our long-term planning is paying off and in big ways.
The House will vote on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) today, which is expected to pass. The basic purpose of a WRRDA bill is to prioritize and authorize water infrastructure projects. This is the first time Congress has passed a WRRDA bill since 2007.