BEYOND THE BELTWAY
Polk County, IA Investing $15 Million of ARP Funds in Affordable Housing
Guernsey County, OH Investing $8 Million in Water Infrastructure Projects
In this week’s edition of Beyond The Beltway, it’s a PUBLIC TRANSIT TAKEOVER!
News of substantial investments in mass transit hit local press this week like a freight train… er, perhaps more like a fleet of buses. Across the country, states and cities have received funding awards from the Department of Transportation that help them revitalize and invest in their transit systems.
This week’s edition also features big investments in affordable housing, water infrastructure, and education! Across the nation, bold public investments funded by the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are supporting families and boosting local economies.
Read the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law public transit investment stories below:
NEW JERSEY: The state will receive $834 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to upgrade its public transit infrastructure, transition to new technology that will help lower carbon emissions, and create good-paying jobs. [story]
NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heel State will use $176 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to upgrade buses and facilities, improve bus service, start big rail projects, and make transit more accessible for seniors and people with disabilities. [story]
VIRGINIA: The commonwealth will receive $232 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds, the largest investment ever in Virginia transit, making upgrades to existing transit options and creating good-paying jobs. [story]
- WISCONSIN: The state will receive $116 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to purchase new buses and railcars, address repair backlogs, transition to new transportation technologies to “address the climate crisis” and modernize their fleets. [story]
NEBRASKA: The Cornhusker State will use $37 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to upgrade its public transit fleet and facilities. [story]
- MISSOURI: St. Louis will receive $27 million of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to maintain, upgrade, and expand local transit in the Kansas City Region. [story]
Check out the other stories you might have missed, all thanks to public investment …
IOWA: Polk County will invest $15 million in American Rescue Plan funds to create more affordable housing in Central Iowa, which will improve economic mobility and foster growth. [story]
OHIO: Guernsey County will use $8 million in American Rescue Plan funds for several water infrastructure projects, which include upgrading treatment facilities and replacing water lines to ensure residents have access to clean drinking water. [story]
And read this op-ed from Arkansas about how ARP funding for HBCUs:
Arkansas Business: $61M Helped HBCUs in Arkansas Survive COVID
The funding has already kept many HBCUs open, O. Jerome Green, president of Shorter College of North Little Rock, said. “It has been a lifeline for the colleges that have been involved and for the students. I don’t believe that the colleges would have been able to maintain enrollment levels sufficient to continue operation without these funds.
“If it had not been for the funding from the Rescue Plan, I really don’t know where we would be. But, because of that funding, we have been able to manage the pandemic and are prepared to emerge on the other side,” he said. Shorter, a two-year private college, received $13.02 million.
About Invest in America
Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.
The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.