Statements about Transportation

The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority "was supposed to exist only until the bonds used to build the Newport Bridge were paid off through tolls. Once the bonds were paid, the Newport Bridge was to be transferred to the State of Rhode Island and become toll-free."

Says U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson voted to let oil and gas companies emit "unlimited carbon pollution into our air"

Wisconsin’s criminal threshold for drunken-driving is "way out of line" with "states surrounding us," which "have the second offense as a felony."

Says Virginia saved $300 million by rebidding a Metrorail construction project to exclude guaranteed union contracts.

Portland Bureau of Transportation "barely break(s) even" ticketing motorists.

The immigration bill includes free "Obamacars," motorcycles or scooters.

Says TriMet spends "$10.3 million in police contracts" a year for 56 transit police who must respond to non-transit calls

"RIPTA has really some of the fullest buses for its transit agency size around the country."

A 0.05 standard for drunken driving means having a glass of wine at dinner could make a person drunk.

"Under Republican Governor Chris Christie, tolls cost more. Train and bus rides cost more. College tuition goes up. But Christie protected a tax cut for millionaires."

Long-term federal investment in U.S. airports is urgent because "there was a recent survey of the top airports … in the world, and there was not a single U.S. airport that came in the top 25."

"Demand for public transportation is reaching record levels in Wisconsin."

"Congresswoman Frederica Wilson successfully postpones closure of the North Perry airport tower."

Says that his transportation budget and Ohio Turnpike plan "would make sure we have lower tolls than we’ve had through the history of the turnpike."

"75 percent of the (air traffic control) towers the Obama Administration is closing are located in Republican Congressional Districts."

"Already, a prototype driverless car has traveled more than 300,000 miles in the crowded maze of California streets without a single accident."

"Nearly 25 percent of all automobile accidents are caused by texting while driving."

"Taxes and fees amount to about 20 percent of a typical $300 round-trip domestic ticket. That’s higher than taxes on products like alcohol, tobacco and firearms."

Says, "I-205, six miles of which runs through my district, already carries more traffic than I-5."

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