U.S. Senator Tina Smith Announces Hearing On Impact of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill on Small Cities, Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/31/22]—Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) – Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development (HTCD) – announced she will be leading a hearing on the bipartisan infrastructure law’s effect on smaller cities and rural areas. The hearing will take place on April 6, 2022 at 2:30 pm ET.  The hearing will examine the benefits of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act for smaller transit systems with a particular focus on how the Department of Transportation can most effectively implement the law in small and rural communities.

Witnesses include:

  • Mr. Ryan Daniel, Chief Executive Officer, St. Cloud Metro Bus
  • Mr. Scott Bogren, Executive Director, Community Transportation Association of America
  • Mr. Baruch Feigenbaum, Senior Managing Director, Transportation Policy, Reason Foundation

“The bipartisan infrastructure law is a landmark piece of legislation that will repair and expand our country’s infrastructure,” said Senator Smith. “But the work didn’t end when President Biden signed the bill into law; hearing from transit leaders and experts about the most effective ways to implement this law is where the rubber meets the road. I look forward to discussing how we can make this law work for Minnesotans, particularly in small and rural communities.”

The hearing is titled Advancing Public Transportation in Small Cities and Rural Places under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Senator Smith will be joined by transit leaders from across the country, including Ryan Daniel, CEO of St. Cloud Metro Bus in Minnesota. Mr. Daniel also serves as President of the Minnesota Public Transit Association.