Our nation depends on our infrastructure to support the industry and ingenuity of our people. A modern, well-maintained, and highly efficient infrastructure, be it transportation, telecommunications, or other public works, will boost our productivity, giving us economic strength and national security.
California’s 9th District contains vital transportation arteries such as I-5, SR-99, and I-205/580 that connect northern California, southern California and the Bay Area. I travel thousands of miles throughout our region and I know from experience how congested our local highways can be. This traffic reduces our productivity and takes vital time away from our families and friends.
It is critical that our nation continue to invest in our local and national transportation systems including highways, rail, waterways, and air transportation
It is critical that our nation continue to invest in our local and national transportation systems including highways, rail, waterways, and air transportation so that our region can grow and benefit. I have been a strong and effective advocate for improving our highways and major roads. I’ve secured funding for many of the major transportation routes throughout the region, including more than $5.5 million for highway and transit projects in Stockton.
Rail and smart bus services in our region can be an excellent investment in our local economy, not only creating jobs during construction, but in creating long-term employment and giving people the ability to travel locally for jobs or other purposes without having to use their cars, reducing congestion and emissions. I have helped lead the charge to open new bus rapid transit routes in San Joaquin County, and have written legislation to authorize funding for the ACE train service between San Joaquin County and the Bay Area that so many people use.
Our region is blessed with the Delta, which is the biggest estuary in the West Coast, put also provides an opportunity to ship large quantities of goods between Stockton and Oakland and other shipping ports worldwide.
Working with local and regional transportation officials, we are developing the Marine Highway between Oakland and the Port of Stockton. Modest investments in this new infrastructure will pay back our region in many ways. It will reduce traffic on our highways by transporting containers on barges over the canals. The Marine Highway will also create jobs and industry at the Port of Stockton and surrounding areas. The Port of Stockton is one of the biggest job creators in our region, and I intend to see that it receives the resources it needs to continue that job growth.
High speed internet is a form of infrastructure that is growing in importance for our nation’s economy. Our region will benefit from having the highest quality internet and telecommunications infrastructure available. I am committed to seeing that telecommunications continues to receive the attention it requires in Washington to provide our region with the best possible service, including rural areas that deserve no less attention than our urban areas.