At least $ 2.8 billion in new federal funding is planned for Hawaii to support the state’s airports, buses, clean energy and water systems.
On Tuesday, August 10, Senator Brian Schatz voted to pass the bipartisan $ 1 trillion infrastructure investment and jobs act that includes funding for Hawai’i. The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives for consideration.
“Billions of federal dollars for Hawai’i are in this bill to help us fix our roads and bridges and create thousands of new jobs across the state,” said Schatz, chairman of the subcommittee. senatorial appropriations on transport and housing. “This massive investment will make travel for Hawaiian families safer and easier while helping to grow our local economy.” “
The infrastructure deal includes funding to repair roads and bridges and make them more resilient to climate change. Additionally, if approved, the money will be used to improve public transportation for residents and strengthen high-speed Internet access in Native Hawaiian communities and across Hawai’i.
The bill also includes legislation drafted by 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 agreement, will help use technology, infrastructure and design expertise to dramatically reduce the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed on the roads in Hawai’i. and the United States.
Key provisions of the infrastructure agreement for Hawai’i include:
Roads, bridges and major projects – at least $ 1.5 billion
- 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 obsolete bridges.
- Hawai’i has access to nearly $ 16 billion in domestic funding for major projects.
- Access to $ 7.5 billion for competitive RAISE grants that support surface transportation projects of local and / or regional importance.
Public transport – at least $ 637.4 million
- The funding will be used to help repair and expand Hawaii’s transit system, including a historic investment in cleaner, safer buses.
Airports – at least $ 246 million
- The funding will be used to improve runways, gates, taxiways and terminals and make investments that will reduce congestion and emissions, and promote electrification and other low-carbon technologies.
- Hawai’i also has access to $ 5 billion in domestic funding from the Airport Terminal program for major renovations and extensions to the terminal.
Broadband – at least $ 160 million
- Funding of at least $ 100 million will be used to help the state deploy and expand broadband access to more Hawaiian families.
- The Department of Hawaiian Homelands is expected to receive at least $ 60 million to provide high-speed Internet access to more Native Hawaiian families.
- At least 280,000 Hawaii residents will be eligible for a new broadband benefit aimed at helping low-income families afford high-speed Internet access.
- The funding will also support the construction of new broadband infrastructure, including submarine cables.
Hydraulic infrastructure – at least $ 200.4 million
- The funding includes $ 88 million paid to Hawai’i by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to improve drinking water treatment, pipes and water storage tanks.
- An additional $ 112.4 million to Hawai’i from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to help support municipal wastewater treatment facilities and treatment systems.
- Access to 10 billion dollars to fight against 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
- Funding to build an electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Hawai’i to enable long-distance travel and provide convenient charging where people live and work.
- Access to additional funding of $ 2.5 billion nationwide grants dedicated to electric vehicle charging infrastructure and alternative fuels.
- Access to $ 5 billion to replace existing school buses with zero-emission, clean school buses, with a priority for low-income, rural and tribal schools.
Clean energy and grid – at least $ 3 million
- Funding includes at least $ 3 million in Hawai’i from the Department of Energy’s state energy program to pursue state-led initiatives that accelerate our transition to clean energy.
- 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 improve energy efficiency, renewables and vehicles in public schools.
- Access to additional funding of $ 550 million nationally for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program.