Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has been holding news conferences with local transit officials in central Illinois this week, to highlight his work for mass transit. Davis sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and worked on the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act, a long-delayed highway funding bill that passed Congress late last year. The bill ensures a federal funding process for mass transit and other transportation projects for five years. At a news conference Wednesday with Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District officials on the University of Illinois campus, Davis noted that the FAST Act provides a greater share of transportation funding to local communities, including mass transit districts. Davis says he hopes to channel more funding to local transportation projects through legislation he introduced (The Innovation in Surface Transportation Act, HR 1393) that would move the competitive grant process from Washington to review panels working on a state or regional level.
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