Senator Collins recognizes the importance of restoring and improving our nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure.  As the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, Senator Collins has the unique ability to help establish our nation’s transportation priorities, while working to help ensure that Maine’s needs are addressed. She has provided strong funding for transportation projects nationwide and represented a thoughtful approach to infrastructure investment. Senator Collins has also long been a leader in efforts to end runaway and youth homelessness.

Senator Collins Announces More Than $6.2 Million for Brunswick Executive Airport

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that Brunswick Executive Airport will receive a total of $6,215,820 for infrastructure improvements.  The funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program, which sets aside funding for the Military Airport Program (MAP).

 

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Bill Led by Senator Collins to Fund Key Transportation and Housing Programs Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Senate passed the fiscal year (FY) 2019 THUD appropriations bill she co-authored with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).  The bill was advanced by a vote of 92-6 and was the seventh bipartisan Appropriations bill passed by the Senate this year.  These bills must now be conferenced with legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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Bill to Fund Key Transportation and Housing Programs across the U.S. and Maine Clears Appropriations Committee Unanimously

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations bill she co-authored with Senator Jack Reed to advance transportation infrastructure development, housing assistance, and community development.  The bill was advanced by a vote of 31-0 and will now be considered by the full Senate.

 

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Senator Collins Announces $6 Million Grant to Replace Casco Bay Ferry

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the Casco Bay Island Transit District (CBITD), also known as Casco Bay Lines, will receive $6 million to replace a ferry that has exceeded its useful life.  U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao called Senator Collins to personally inform her of this important federal grant award.

 

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Senator Collins Announces More Than $1.3 Million for the Portland International Jetport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded $1,305,358 to the Portland International Jetport. The funding will be used to support the installation of a photovoltaic solar panel array on an airport parking garage roof to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Senator Collins Receives 2017 Woman of the Year Award From International Women’s Transportation Organization

Augusta, ME - The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) honored U.S. Senator Susan Collins today with its 2017 Woman of the Year Award for her significant legislative contributions and accomplishments “that have moved the transportation system forward in the United States.” The award was presented to Senator Collins in Augusta at the WTS Maine Chapter Meeting this morning. The meeting was co-hosted by the Maine Department of Transportation.

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Senator Collins Announces $7.89 Million Grant for Project to Improve Rail Capacity in Northeastern Maine

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $7,890,000 in funding to the State of Maine for the Maine Railroad Bridge Capacity project in northeastern Maine. This funding will be provided to the Maine Department of Transportation through the FASTLANE grant program created by the FAST Act.

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Senator Collins Announces Significant Funding Increase for TIGER Program Clears Key Hurdle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $550 million—a $50 million increase—for the National Infrastructure Investment Grant Program, also known as TIGER.

The funding was included in the Transportation and Housing Appropriations bill, which Senator Collins coauthored as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

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Senator Collins Announces $635,115 for Auburn-Lewiston Airport

Washington, D.C. - – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $635,115 in grant funding to rehabilitate a taxiway at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport.

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Senator Collins Announces $600,000 for I-95 Diverging Diamond Project in Bangor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $600,000 to the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT). The funding will be used to support the project design activities for a Diverging Diamond Interchange on I-95 in Bangor.

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Senators Collins, King Announce More than $3.3 Million for 10 Maine Airports

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $3,317,011 in funding to 10 airports in Maine. The funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency within the DOT.

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Senators Collins, King and Representative Pingree Urge Administration to Prioritize Maintenance Dredging of York Harbor, Saco River

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and the acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, who oversees the Army Corps of Engineers, urging them to prioritize the critical need for maintenance dredging of York Harbor and the Saco River. Neither site has been dredged in more than two decades, creating significant safety and navigational access concerns.

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Senators Collins & Reed Concerned About American Workers as Vehicles Become Automated

Washington, D.C. - As the era of driverless cars and trucks approaches, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman and Ranking Member at the helm the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD), are asking the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine the impact self-driving trucks will have on the two million Americans who currently work as truck drivers and the communities where they live.

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Collins, King Announce $200,000 in Rebates for New School Buses in Kennebunk and Sullivan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded rebates totaling $200,000 to school districts in Kennebunk and Sullivan. The funding will help replace or retrofit older diesel school buses with newer buses that are more fuel efficient and will reduce pollutants that can be harmful for public health. RSU 21 in Kennebunk will receive $160,000 for eight buses, and Regional School Unit 24 in Sullivan will receive $40,000 for two buses.

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Senator Collins Meets Westbrook Native Jon Brockway, Congratulates Him on Being Named a Captain of America’s Road Team

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins congratulated Jon Brockway of Westbrook, a professional truck driver for Walmart Transportation, on being named a Captain of the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) America’s Road Team, a public outreach program that educates the public about highway safety. Senator Collins met with Jon in her Washington, D.C., office.

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Senate Passes Major Bipartisan Bill to Invest in the Nation's Water Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.—With U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ support, the Senate passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, a major bipartisan water infrastructure bill that authorizes dozens of crucial port and harbor projects across our country, including the Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River Navigation Project, as well as key safe drinking water investments. The legislation will now go to the President's desk for his signature. 

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Automated and Self-Driving Vehicles: The Life-Saving Technology that could Revolutionize Our Transportation System

Sen. Susan M. Collins
Nov. 28, 2016

Cars that drive themselves and avoid accidents. Seniors and disabled individuals able to retain or gain their ability to get around town in autonomous vehicles. At first, it sounds like science fiction or an advance far off in the future. But this technology is being tested and perfected right now, and it could save thousands of lives.

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Senator Collins Hails Passage of Major Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill with Key Provisions for Maine

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement after the Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 this afternoon 95-3. 

“This bipartisan water infrastructure bill will help create good jobs, ensure our nation’s ports and waterways remain competitive and clean, and provide urgent aid for communities across our country that are suffering from excess lead levels in their drinking water systems.

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