Transportation and Infrastructure
Congressman Evan Jenkins believes that a safe, modern and efficient transportation system is a critical component of our nation’s prosperity. Making smart, prudent investments in America’s transportation infrastructure is one of the best ways to help provide an environment to create jobs and economic growth. He is a strong proponent of building and improving the infrastructure that grows our economy and provides us with reliable transportation options.
Evan has been a leading champion for reauthorizing a long-term, fully-funded transportation bill. As a lifelong West Virginian, he knows that federal funding for highways and transit is an important part of building and maintaining our nation’s rural infrastructure. West Virginia must have the necessary funding resources to deal with the challenging terrain and weather that impact the cost and lifecycle of their transportation systems.
He championed key provisions in the FAST Act, the recently enacted surface transportation bill. These measures focus on providing flexibility for states to address the needs of rural communities. The FAST Act will bring nearly $2.5 billion in transportation funding to West Virginia over the next few years. These funds are critical to building new roads, repairing existing highways, and fixing unsafe bridges. This fiscal year alone West Virginia will receive more than $400 million, and that amount is expected to grow each year for the duration of the law.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Evan has advocated for investments that are critical to our economic growth and important to the safety of our citizens. The Appalachian region is comprised of challenging, mountainous terrain that has unique needs separate from other parts of the nation. Evan will be an advocate on behalf of West Virginians for the robust funding necessary to maintain and develop the state’s infrastructure. At every opportunity, he will seek to improve southern West Virginia: its roads and bridges, aviation and rail systems, broadband access, and water and sewer services.
More on Transportation and Infrastructure
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) continues to be encouraged by progress on preserving the New River Train. Amtrak officials and the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society met Monday to continue discussions.
“I’m encouraged by the progress made at Monday’s meeting toward reaching an agreement to run the New River Train this year. It’s important that all sides keep talking until a deal is reached, and I’m hopeful that will be very soon. This train, this heritage, and this festival are all too important to lose,” Rep. Jenkins said.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that West Virginia is receiving more than $21 million in federal funds to repair roads and highways.
The $21,984,640 in Federal Highway Administration funds will help the West Virginia Department of Transportation repair and rebuild highways and roads throughout the state.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today after a meeting he organized with Amtrak, officials from Hinton and Summers County, and the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has organized a meeting with Amtrak officials, Hinton and Summers County leaders, and the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Society about the New River Train.
The meeting, which Rep. Jenkins asked for on a call with Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson, will be held on Tuesday morning. Rep. Jenkins organized this meeting and invited West Virginians to participate to help save the New River Train.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins and Governor Jim Justice announced today that they have a commitment from Amtrak to work to preserve the New River Train for its 52nd running this year.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has asked House and Senate leadership to stop potential changes to flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport that could limit flights to airports like Yeager Airport.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) is asking Amtrak to restore full Cardinal line service as soon as possible.
In a letter to Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson, Rep. Jenkins reiterated the importance of the Cardinal to West Virginia and asked for service between Washington, D.C., and New York City be restored as soon as possible. That service has been halted until mid-November due to track work outside New York City.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted today to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act and fund a number of critical West Virginia priorities.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issue the following statement on President Trump’s infrastructure plan, which was released this morning: