February 22, 2022–10:27 a.m.
Rome is getting approximately $15 million for public transportation as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden back in November.
Georgia US Senator Jon Ossoff made that announcement during a visit to Rome Tuesday.
Ossoff wrote the Local Transportation Support Act as part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
He said it is to help smaller, rural, and less-resourced communities to do transit planning.
“I have also championed resources smaller cities to get their fair share of funding for transportation, including transit, while always trying to maximize flexibility for the local community,” Ossoff said. “So, these communities can use in the way that the local community sees fit through their local elected representatives.”
As part of the infrastructure bill, which passed with 68 votes in the Senate, the State of Georgia will be getting nearly $9 billion to fund upgrades to roads and highways over the next five years.
There is nearly a quarter of a billion dollars for bridge replacement and repairs across the state, $600 million for upgrades at airports, and $100 million to expand broadband internet access in rural communities in Georgia. Ossoff also touted funding to remove lead pipes from water systems with a particular emphasis on schools.