Kennedy secures funds for EZPass
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008. Included in the bill are many critical projects secured by Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) and other members of the R.I. Congressional Delegation for key transportation and economic development initiatives in Rhode Island
This spending bill addresses the important challenges of keeping the transportation system safe and strong, ensuring that every American has adequate shelter, and doing so in a way that strengthens the economy and is environmentally responsible.
Kennedy leveraged his seat on the House Appropriations Committee to secure funding which is key to the continued upgrade and improvement of Rhode Island's roadways and transportation infrastructure, including $1.5 million for the I-195 relocation project and $500,000 for the EZ-Pass project over the Pell Newport Bridge.
"This funding will help defray the cost of projects that are considered priorities for travel in the state," said Congressman Kennedy. "I am proud to have secured funding that helps Rhode Islanders in such vital areas as safety, convenience for drivers and also will provide tourist information on visitors traveling through our state."
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) will install the EZ-Pass electronic toll collection system at the Jamestown toll plaza. The installation of EZ-Pass would help alleviate congestion, particularly on summer weekends.
"The toll payers will not have to absorb the cost of the E-Z Pass project, yet they will reap the benefits of a more streamlined system of travel through this very busy and popular part of Rhode Island," said David A. Darlington, Chairman of the RITBA. "We have been working with Congressman Kennedy on this idea for quite some time and are grateful he has successfully secured the federal funds necessary to help get this project off the ground," he said.