Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Transportation

What would you do with an extra 67 hours each year?  Play with your kids?  Take a nap?  Finally catch up on projects around the house?

According to the TomTom traffic index, the average commuter loses 67 valuable hours each year sitting in Charlotte-area traffic.

Our region continues to be one of the fastest growing in the country, but our infrastructure has not kept pace.  Money has been wasted on pet projects, and construction of critical highways is often delayed because of layers of red tape.  Our aging infrastructure and declining gas tax revenues make the problem even worse.

This is a quality of life issue, but also an economic issue.  Businesses rely on our highways, railroads, and airports.

As your Congressman, I am committed to passing a long-term, sustainable, and fiscally responsible highway bill.  Earlier this year, I helped pass an extension of the Highway Trust Fund to support 20,000 North Carolina jobs and allow time to develop a long-term, bipartisan solution.

Local and state leaders best understand which transportation projects are needed to help recruit businesses and create jobs, and which roads need the most improvement.  Washington bureaucrats aren’t sitting on I-485 or Independence Blvd. every afternoon!

In order to increase local control of transportation projects, I have co-sponsored the Transportation Empowerment Act (H.R. 2716).  The TEA Act shifts federal transportation dollars from politically-favored projects back to critical needs, gives more control to the states, and eliminates unnecessary red tape and restrictions.  By focusing federal dollars on interstate highways instead of pet projects, we can address the critical infrastructure needs of our communities.

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is key to our region’s economy and job growth.  Current efforts with the new airport intermodal facility are critical for economic expansion in our community and must take priority with ancillary road projects.  This year, I have led bipartisan efforts to get the FAA moving on a critical project to replace the aging and outdated control tower at Charlotte-Douglas.

Inefficient management and inadequate transportation funding not only wastes our time, but slows job growth and the economy.  As your Congressman, I will continue to support common-sense legislation to improve our crumbling infrastructure and grow our economy, including support of the airport, which warrants funding from Congress commensurate with these important needs.

More on Transportation

Jul 18, 2017 Press Release
Fayetteville Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) announced a $1,925,763 grant for the Fayetteville Regional Airport terminal expansion project. The grant will be used toward the demolition of the existing Concourse A and construction of the new Concourse A.
May 3, 2017 Press Release
As part of his ongoing efforts to support rural North Carolina communities, agriculture, and health care, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is working to secure passage of the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill.
Jun 1, 2016 Press Release
In response to media reports that Human Rights Campaign is pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration to withhold money from North Carolina over HB2, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) announced he will introduce an amendment to block that threat.
Dec 3, 2015 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined a strong bipartisan majority to pass the first regular-order, long-term transportation funding bill in a decade.
Nov 5, 2015 Press Release
Following a two-year effort by Congressman Robert Pittenger, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to build a much-needed new control tower at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
Apr 21, 2015 Press Release
Tonight, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) introduced legislation to restrict travel to Syria and other global hot spots where foreign terrorist organizations are active and recruiting new members.
Oct 9, 2014 Press Release
Yesterday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) led a bipartisan letter with 25 other House Members imploring President Obama to take aggressive action against the Ebola virus.
Sep 29, 2014 Press Release
Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided yet another excuse for not making a decision on an operating certificate for the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Commission.
Jul 15, 2014 Press Release
With funding for major local road projects expected to run out next month, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today joined a bipartisan majority to approve the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021).
Jun 26, 2014 Press Release
In support of hardworking American families, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today joined a bipartisan majority to approve the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act (H.R. 4899), which will ease the squeeze on the middle class and create jobs through smarter management of America’s energy resources.