Transportation

Federal Transportation Bill has $464 m for Vt. (Boston Globe)

June 30, 2012

Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt.—Sen. Bernie Sanders is hailing passage of a federal transportation spending bill that will send $464 million to Vermont in the next two years. Sanders says the money will help address what he calls an infrastructure crisis in the state. He says a third of Vermont’s bridges are obsolete and 36 percent […]

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Crumbling US infrastructure a missed opportunity for jobs, renewal (MSNBC)

June 12, 2012

“It’s not only roads, it’s not only bridges, it’s not only water systems, it’s mass transportation. It is rail. China is building high-speed rail all over the place. We are not… we have an enormous amount of work that is ready to go right now & it is beyond comprehension that our Republican friends will not support infrastructure legislation.”

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Vermont, N.Y. senators seek pre-clearance for train border crossings (Burlington Free Press

May 30, 2012

U.S. senators from Vermont and New York are pressing for policies that would enable pre-clearance for cross-border rail travelers — a critical step to enhancing and expanding passenger rail service among Montreal, New York City and Vermont. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., made their request in […]

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Vermont, New York senators push for improved passenger train service to Montreal (Vermont Business Magazine)

May 24, 2012

US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Charles Schumer, (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are urging federal negotiators to move quickly to reach an agreement with their Canadian counterparts on allowing essential security inspections for Amtrak trains to take place in Montreal.  An agreement would lay the groundwork for a dramatic improvement of service […]

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Senators to Obama: Get out of Afghanistan (Politico)

March 7, 2012

By Mike Zapler Some two dozen senators are trying to keep the heat on President Barack Obama to get out of Afghanistan. Twenty-one Democratic senators — along with Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont and two Republicans — used the debate of a transportation bill this week to point out that the American highway system could […]

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Pumping fear (MSNBC)

February 29, 2012

Bernie joins Ed Schultz to talk about the real cause of high gas prices.

“The issue is the fact that over 80% of the oil futures market is controlled by speculators. Their function in life is not to purchase oil, not to use oil as an end user – they are not in the trucking business, they’re not in the airline business. Their sole purpose is to speculate and drive prices up and that is exactly what they are doing right now.”

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Sen. Sanders Editorial: Wall Street greed fueling high gas prices (CNN)

February 28, 2012

By Sen. Bernie Sanders Gas prices approaching $4 a gallon on average are causing severe economic pain for millions of Americans. Pump prices spiked 5% in the past month alone. Crude oil prices stood at $108 on Friday, up from only double digits at the beginning of the month. What’s the cause? Forget what you […]

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Sanders, Searles push transportation plan with $408 million for Vermont (VTDigger)

February 14, 2012

By Greg Guma A national transportation group report ranked Vermont’s rural roads as the worst in the nation, and that’s unlikely to change unless the U.S. Senate’s version of a pending transportation bill prevails. If it doesn’t, the state will have to cut $160 million from transportation spending over the next five years, Vermont Transportation […]

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Sanders stresses need for highway bill (Burlington Free Press)

Vermont could receive $408 million in new federal funding under a transportation bill the U.S. Senate is to consider this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said. Sanders, in remarks Monday in Burlington, said those federal dollars make up 80 percent of the funding for road and bridge projects in the state, according to a statement […]

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Sanders: Transportation aid bill would help Vt. (Boston Globe)

February 13, 2012

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says a transportation funding bill up for debate this week would provide $408 million to address a backlog of repairs needed for Vermont’s roads and bridges. Sanders joined Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles at a news conference Monday to talk up legislation that Sanders help draft as a member of the […]

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