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    PRESIDENT SIGNS INFRASTRUCTURE BILL INTO LAW, AT LEAST $2.8 BILLION IN NEW FEDERAL FUNDING HEADING TO HAWAI'I, EVEN MORE EXPECTED


    November 22, 2021 - States News Service

     

      The following information was released by Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz:

      New Federal Funding Will Improve Roads, Bridges, Public Transit, Expand High-Speed Internet Access, Create New Jobs Across The State; Federal Dollars Will Also Support Hawai'i Airports, Buses, Clean Energy, Water Systems

      WASHINGTON Today, President Joe Biden signed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. The sweeping law, which U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) voted to pass in the Senate in August, includes at least $2.8 billion for Hawai'i to repair roads and bridges and make them more resilient to climate change, improve public transportation options for residents, and strengthen high-speed internet access in Native Hawaiian communities and across Hawai'i.

      "Billions of federal dollars are now on their way to Hawai'i to help us improve our buses and public transit systems, fix up our roads and bridges, and create thousands of new jobs across the state," said Senator Schatz, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing. "This massive investment will make it safer and easier for Hawai'i families to get around and benefit our local economy for many, many years to come."

      In addition to the billions of dollars in federal funding for Hawai'i, the new law also includes a provision authored by Senator Schatz to improve road safety standards and make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The Vulnerable Road Users Safety Act, which Schatz worked to include in the deal, will help utilize technology, infrastructure, and design expertise to vastly reduce pedestrian and cyclist road deaths in Hawai'i and across the United States.

      Key provisions in the infrastructure bill for Hawai'i include:

      Roads, bridges, and major projects at least $1.5 billion for Hawai'i

      At least $1.2 billion in estimated funding for Hawai'i will be used to repair and rebuild roads with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, and safety for all road users

      At least $339 million for Hawai'i from the Bridge Program to repair and replace deficient or outdated bridges

      Hawai'i has access to nearly $16 billion in nationwide funding for major projects

      Access to $7.5 billion for competitive RAISE grants which support surface transportation projects of local and/or regional significance

      Public transit at least $637.4 million for Hawai'i

      Funding will be used to help repair and expand Hawai'i's public transit system, including a historic investment in cleaner and safer buses

      Airports at least $246 million for Hawai'i

      Funding will be used to improve runways, gates, taxiways, and terminals and make investments that will reduce congestion and emissions, and drive electrification and other low-carbon technologies

      Hawai'i also has access to $5 billion in nationwide funding from the Airport Terminal Program for major terminal renovations and expansions

      Broadband at least $160 million for Hawai'i

      At least $100 million in funding will be used to help the state deploy and expand broadband access to more Hawai'i families

      The Department of Hawaiian Homelands is set to receive at least $60 million to provide high-speed internet access to more Native Hawaiian families

      At least 280,000 Hawai'i residents will be eligible for a new benefit aimed at helping low-income families afford high-speed internet access

      Funding will also support the construction of new broadband infrastructure, including undersea cables

      Water infrastructure at least $200.4 million for Hawai'i

      Funding includes $112.4 million to Hawai'i from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to improve drinking water treatment, pipes, and water storage tanks

      An additional $88 million to Hawai'i from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to help support municipal wastewater facilities and treatment systems

      Access to $10 billion to address Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

      Access to $250 million in grants for low-income households for the construction, repair, or replacement of individual decentralized wastewater treatment systems

      Electric vehicles at least $18 million for Hawai'i

      Funding to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Hawai'i to enable long-distance travel and to provide convenient charging where people live and work

      Access to an additional $2.5 billion in nationwide grant funding dedicated to EV and alternative fuels charging infrastructure

      Access to $5 billion to replace existing school buses with zero emission and clean school buses, with a priority on low income, rural, and Tribal schools

      Access to $5.25 billion in grants for state and local governments to purchase or lease zero- and low-emission transit buses

      Clean energy and grid at least $3 million for Hawai'i

      Funding includes at least $3 million to Hawai'i from the Department of Energy's State Energy Program to pursue state-led initiatives that accelerate our clean energy transition

      Hawai'i has access to $3 billion in matching grants for smart grid investments, including energy storage

      Access to $500 million in competitive grants to make energy efficiency, renewable energy, and vehicle upgrades at public schools

      Access to an additional $550 million in nationwide funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

      Resiliency $11 billion (nationwide)

      Hawai'i has access to nearly $1.3 billion in nationwide funding for coastal habitat restoration to increase resilience

      Access to $1 billion for resilience infrastructure through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program

      Access to $8.7 billion from the new Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) program, which provides formula and competitive funding for resilience improvement grants, community resilience and evacuation route grants, and at-risk coastal infrastructure grants

      Street safety $5 billion (nationwide)

      Funds a new program to help state and local governments implement "vision zero" plans and other improvements to reduce crashes and fatalities, especially for cyclists and pedestrians

      Flood mitigation $7 billion (nationwide)

      Hawai'i has access to $7 billion in nationwide funding to support flood control projects that protect vulnerable communities from sea level rise and extreme weather

      Ports and waterways $16.6 billion (nationwide)

      Hawai'i has access to new funding for waterway and coastal infrastructure, inland waterway improvements, and port infrastructure

      Addressing legacy pollution $21 billion (nationwide)

      Hawai'i has access to $1.5 billion in nationwide funding for brownfields remediation

      Access to $3.5 billion for Superfund cleanup

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