Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat announced the introduction of his Pedestrian Safety and Transit Preservation Act.
A bill that would guarantee infrastructure grants set to lapse in New York City will continue to remain available for the completion of transportation and infrastructure projects.
“COVID-19 hit New York City especially hard, and our communities need our support more now than ever before – and that support starts with funding our city’s infrastructure that countless of my constituents rely on each and every day,” said Rep. Espaillat. “In light of the pandemic, countless infrastructure projects were put on hold, despite being so close to the finish line. That’s why I introduced the Pedestrian Safety and Transit Preservation Act, to ensure these projects are reinvigorated, and our communities can begin to build back better, and stronger, than ever before.”
In 2014, NYC received a $25 million dollar TIGER grant for their Vision Zero projects, which is set to fund a 3-part safety improvement program in New York City, comprised of safe pedestrian access to schools and transit, and safe bicycle access to jobs via completion of trail systems connecting distressed communities with employment centers. The program of improvements, including curb extensions, pedestrian islands, expanded sidewalks, and protected bike lanes was developed through comprehensive planning and public engagement process involving multi-agency task force deliberations and includes ongoing performance monitoring of impacts.
Due to a Congressional sunset provision, funds that are not used by September 30th will expire. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the completion of many projects, and as such, an extension of use of funds is needed. The Pedestrian Safety and Transit Preservation Act will prolong the use of funds timeframe to allow for successful completion of infrastructure projects that are close to the finish line.
Read the bill in its entirety here.
Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the northwest Bronx.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.
He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip. Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.