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.

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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Collins, Reed Announce $1.9M to Enhance Rail Safety

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the award of $1.9 million from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) to enhance the safety practices of short line railroads.

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U.S. Senator Susan Collins Announces $1.4 Million in Grant Funding To Upgrade City of Bangor’s Aging Bus Fleet

BANGOR, ME—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the Bangor Community Connector Public Transit System will receive $1,441,600 in grant funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Buses and Bus Facilities Grants Program.

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Sens. Collins, King Announce That Casco Bay Lines to Receive More Than $2.5 Million for Terminal Renovations

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Angus King announced today that Casco Bay Lines will receive $2,560,000 to help fund Phase II of the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Renovation.  The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program.

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U.S. DOT Proposes Rule Mandating Speed Limiters for Large Commercial Vehicles

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement today of a proposed rule that would equip large commercial vehicles with devices that limit their speeds and require those devices be set to a maximum speed.

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Sens. Collins, King Announce Brunswick Executive Airport to Receive More than $1.5 Million

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Angus King announced today that the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority will receive $1,558,098 to install new energy-efficient heating systems in Hangars 4 and 5 at the Brunswick Executive Airport.  The funding will be awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Military Airport Program (MAP).

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Sens. Collins, King Announce Auburn-Lewiston Airport to Receive Nearly $900,000

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Angus King announced today that the Auburn-Lewiston Airport will receive $899,480 through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.  The grant will help fund the expansion and rehabilitation of the terminal aircraft apron.

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $1 Million Grant for Greenville Airport

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Angus King, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $1,014,117 to the Greenville Municipal Airport.  The funding, which was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, will help construct a parallel taxiway.

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Creating Jobs and Increasing Productivity: Investments in Maine Infrastructure Help Move Our Economy Forward

In my travels throughout Maine, I’ve seen first-hand the positive effects of investing in our ports, railroads, and crumbling roads and bridges to improve safety, boost our economy, and create and save much-needed jobs. As the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee in the Senate, one of my highest priorities has been to improve our nation’s infrastructure and to ensure that Maine’s needs are addressed. 

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Senator Collins Announces $10.525 Million to Replace Beals Island Bridge

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced this morning that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award $10,525,000 in federal funding toward the replacement of the Beals Island Bridge in Jonesport, Maine.  The funding is awarded from the successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.

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DOT Announces Proposal to Require Rail Carriers Transporting Crude Oil or Other High-Hazard Flammable Liquids to Have Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following a years-long push from U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a proposed rule today to require a comprehensive oil spill response plan for rail carriers transporting crude oil or other high-hazard flammable liquids. 

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Senate Passes Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today by a vote of 89 to 4. The legislation will now go to the President’s desk for his signature.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting in support of the legislation:

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Senators Collins, King Announce More than $300,000 in Funding for the Biddeford Municipal Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Angus King, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $337,345 to the Biddeford Municipal Airport.  The funding will be used for the removal of tree obstructions in the Runway 6 approach surface and acquire one property, which is required for the obstruction removal project.

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Senators Collins, King Announce More than $7 Million in Funding for Airports in Presque Isle and Brunswick

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Angus King, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $7,151,182 in funding to two airports in Maine.  The funding is awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency within the DOT.

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Senator Collins Secures Significant Funding Increase for TIGER Program in Transportation Spending Bill

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced today that the fiscal year (FY) 2017 THUD funding bill contains $525 million for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, an increase of $25 million over the FY 2016 enacted level.

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Collins, King Announce More than $1.7 Million in Grant Funding For Airports Across Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $1,739,294 in grant funding to five airports across Maine. The funding is awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency within the DOT.

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Senator Collins’ Amendment to Prohibit the Closing of Contract Weather Observer Service at Airports Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate unanimously passed an amendment authored by Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, that would prohibit the closing of the contract weather observer (CWO) service.  The amendment was attached to the FAA Reauthorization Act, which is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate.  

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Senator Collins Presses HUD Secretary on the Need to Reduce Youth Homelessness

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, questioned U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro on a range of important issues related to HUD’s fiscal year 2017 budget request, including the need to reduce youth homelessness.

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A Year in Review

As we turn the page on 2015 and look to the future, I welcome this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of the past year.  Although much work remains to be done, I was able to achieve progress on issues that matter to the people of Maine, whom I am honored to represent in the United States Senate.

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Senator Collins Statement on Bipartisan Passage of Long-Term Transportation Funding Bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, voted in favor of the bipartisan Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a $305 billion, fully funded five-year surface transportation bill that would reauthorize our nation’s highway, transit, rail and safety programs. The legislation passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support (83-16) this evening. 
 

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