House approves $1.5T plan to fix crumbling infrastructure

The House approved a $1.5 trillion plan Wednesday to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports, and channels.  The legislation now goes to the Senate.

The centerpiece of the House legislation is a nearly $500 billion, 5-year surface transportation plan for roads, bridges, and railways. The bill would divert money from the Highway Trust Fund to transit and rail projects.

The bill is intended to rebuild the nation’s transportation infrastructure, not only by fixing crumbling roads and bridges but also by investing in public transit and the national rail network, boosting low- and zero-emission vehicles and cutting carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.

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