FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2022
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Yesterday, For Our Future Nevada and Building Back Together hosted a telephone town hall on the improvements in Southern Nevada’s public transportation network being made possible by President Biden’s landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Congresswoman Dina Titus, along with Regional Transportation Commission General Counsel David Clyde, and Chispa Nevada’s Program Director Rudy Zamora, gave thousands of Nevadans a preview of the improvements Nevadans can expect in public transit and expressed the need for more investment in green transportation in order to combat the climate crisis.
Congresswoman Titus outlined a variety of transit expansion projects that will be funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law and detailed her efforts to enhance mobility in Southern Nevada.
“The bipartisan infrastructure law makes critical investments in our country and our state. In Nevada, that means $38 million to build out an EV charging network; $403 million to upgrade water infrastructure; $459 million for public transit; and $100 million to expand internet access and broadband coverage to more households,” said Congresswoman Titus (NV-1). “As a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I was glad to help pass this legislation, the largest infrastructure investment in almost a century, and join President Biden as he signed it. In Congress I’ll continue fighting to help our state build back better.”
In total, the new investments and reauthorization in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provide $89.9 billion in guaranteed funding for public transit over the next five years — the largest federal investment in public transit in history. The legislation will expand public transit options across every state in the country, replace thousands of deficient transit vehicles, including buses, with clean, zero emission vehicles, and improve accessibility for the elderly and people with disabilities.
“With Southern Nevada’s rapidly growing population, this investment in public transit couldn’t come at a better time,” said For Our Future Nevada State Director Gariety Pruitt. “The bipartisan infrastructure deal and President Biden’s agenda will not only expand mobility options for Nevada’s residents and visitors; it will reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions at a time when the threat of climate change couldn’t be more dire.”
“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law delivers essential investments to address the needs of Nevada workers and their families, including through the largest investment in public transit ever,” said Building Back Together State Partnerships Director Bart Rutherford. “Thanks to President Biden, Nevadans and Americans across the country will see improved transportation options, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and more, good-paying jobs — helping fuel economic growth and tackle the climate crisis.”
For more information about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, please visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/. A full recording of the telephone town hall can be found here.
About For Our Future Nevada:
For Our Future Nevada is a progressive, issue-driven organizing hub dedicated to building power for working families and improving their communities. By working to secure workers’ rights, improve public education, protect our environment, and promote affordable health care, For Our Future mobilizes Nevadans to fight for and create lasting change in the Silver State. More information about the group’s work can be found at forourfuturenv.org.
About Building Back Together:
With leadership in the White House and Congress that shares our values, we have a critical opportunity to advance a progressive agenda. But we know that it will take smart advocacy to build the case for these policies. Building Back Together — a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit focused on advancing progressive policies in the Build Back Better agenda — was formed to get the job done, by creating winning campaign coalitions to achieve our goals and growing public support for our agenda.
Our name is intentional: we can’t do this work alone. We’ll partner with organizations to achieve policy successes and work together to communicate with the American people about how the Build Back Better agenda is changing lives in communities across the country.
Learn more: buildingbacktogether.org and @BuildingBack_US