The US Department of Transportation is promoting the GROW AMERICA Act (Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America) for repairs and modernization of roads, bridges, railways and other transit systems.
USDOT says the Act pledges $87 billion to fix or replace bridges and old transit systems. It also raises civil penalties to encourage car-makers to act more quickly on recalls. The $302 billion Act funds four years of highway, bridge, transit and rail projects and is tied to job creation and business tax reform revenue.
According to USDOT, 65 percent of major roads in the country are rated in less than good condition, and 1 in 4 bridges need repairs. Under the Act, $199 billion would be invested in the country’s highway system and road safety. It includes:
* Expanded provisions for passenger bus inspections and regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
* Provisions for “rest pay” for truck drivers who are paid by the mile, prompting driver fatigue and safety risks.
* Funding through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for impaired and distracting driving education
* Expanded penalties for those who rent or sell vehicles in disrepair.