The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Creating Jobs and Rebuilding Nevada’s Economy

In November 2021, Congressman Steven Horsford voted for bipartisan passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a landmark law that will invest more than $ 4 billion in Nevada to create well-paying union jobs, rebuild the Nevada’s economy, improve roads, public transportation, and water infrastructure, and expand high-speed Internet access.

As Nevada recovers from the pandemic, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will help lower inflation and lower costs for Nevada families by reducing supply chain backlogs and improving the flow of goods and services.

More specifically, the Law on Investment in Infrastructure and Employment:

  • Strengthen Nevada Roads and Bridges. Reducing congestion and improving Nevada’s highways will help our state’s economy grow. Since 2011, travel times have increased by nearly eight percent in Nevada, and on average, each driver pays $ 558 per year in costs due to driving on roads needing repairs. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will put Nevadans to work in high paying jobs by fixing and rebuilding the system that allows us to work and go to school and deliver goods to market. The investments will also finance mass transit and high-speed rail to further reduce traffic congestion.
  • Improving the safety of Nevada’s transportation system. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will allocate tens of millions of dollars in Nevada for road safety programs aimed at improving driver behavior and reducing traffic fatalities and injuries.
  • Expanding Nevada’s Public Transportation Options. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will allocate hundreds of millions of dollars in Nevada to expand public transportation and increase transportation equity. Currently, Nevada residents who take public transportation spend 134% of their overtime commuting, and non-white households are twice as likely to travel by public transportation. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will help address these inequalities and expand opportunities across Nevada.
  • Connect every Nevadan to reliable high-speed internet. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will help connect every Nevadan to the high-speed Internet they need to work and learn. Under the law, Nevada will receive funding to provide affordable high-speed Internet access to more than 123,000 Nevada residents who currently lack it. In addition, 825,000 Nevada residents – or 26% of Nevada residents – will be eligible for Connectivity Affordability, which will help low-income families afford Internet access.
  • Provide potable water to every Nevadan and eliminate service lines and lead pipes. Historic drought caused by climate change threatens Nevada’s water supply. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Nevada will receive $ 403 million over five years to improve water infrastructure statewide and ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
  • Preparing Nevada’s infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, cyber attacks and extreme weather events. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Nevada will expect to receive millions of dollars to protect against wildfires and cyber attacks.
  • Improve Nevada Airports. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, airports in Nevada will receive hundreds of millions of dollars to continue bringing people, goods and jobs to our state. This funding will meet critical airport needs, such as improvement of runways, taxiways and airport-owned towers, terminal development projects and noise reduction projects. In addition, $ 5 billion in discretionary funding is available over five years for terminal development projects that tackle our country’s aging airport infrastructure, including projects that increase accessibility for passengers. people with disabilities, improve access for historically disadvantaged populations, improve energy efficiency and improve aerodrome safety.
  • Modernize and extend passenger rail. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will expand high-speed rail, eliminate Amtrak’s maintenance backlog, and bring world-class rail service to Nevada and communities across the country.
  • Build a network of charging stations for electric vehicles to facilitate long-distance travel and provide convenient charging options. The market share of plug-in electric vehicle sales in the United States is only one-third the size of the Chinese electric vehicle market. In 2020, plug-in electric vehicles accounted for just 2.3% of new car sales in the United States, compared to 6.2% in China. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will build the first nationwide network of electric vehicle chargers in the United States to address the climate crisis and support domestic manufacturing jobs.

To learn more about the specific investments and funding allocations of the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, Click here.

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