Watson Coleman Applauds Progress for Gateway Project
Full Funding Agreement for Portal North Bridge is a Critical Step
Washington, DC (January 12, 2021) — Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) entered a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFA) on the Portal North Bridge project, allowing this critical piece of the broader Gateway plan for improvements to move forward.
“It’s no mistake that our entire region keeps saying the same thing about the Gateway Project – it is essential for my constituents, for the millions who move along this major transportation hub, for the continued economic growth of the region and the country, and for the jobs and environmental stewardship opportunities it represents. I am thrilled to see the Portal North Bridge move one step closer to fruition and look forward to what it signals for the rest of Gateway. I will continue to fight for the funds necessary to get this done as a member of the Appropriations Committee, and pledge to work alongside my friends and colleagues in Congress to complete Gateway.”
Watson Coleman helped to secure a number of funding sources for the Gateway and Portal North projects in fiscal year 2021 appropriations, including $525 million from the FTA’s Core Capacity projects that Portal North will now be eligible to receive, along with more than $3 billion in potential federal grants from FTA, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.