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.

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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Senator Collins Announces $20 Million Investment in the Maine Railways Project

     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 Department of Transportation will award the Maine Railways Project $20 million in funding through the successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.

      The Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, called Senator Collins this morning to notify her of the grant award. 

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Sens. Collins, King Announce $25 Million In Federal Funding For Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Renovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award $25 million in grant funding to the Maine Department of Transportation to replace the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting Kittery, ME and Portsmouth, NH.  Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx notified Senator Collins of the Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery (TIGER) VI funding during a phone call this evening.

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