Press Releases

Ranking Member Larsen Applauds BNSF Railway’s Initial Commitment to FRA Confidential Close Call Reporting System

April 26, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) applauded the announcement that BNSF Railway and the American Train Dispatchers Association (ADTA) will partner for a year to participate in the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Confidential Close Call Reporting System, which allows railroad employees to report unsafe events and conditions without fear of discipline or FRA enforcement. BNSF is now the second Class I … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Cohen Applaud Biden Administration for Strengthening Protections for Airline Passengers

April 24, 2024

Washington, D.C. — Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Steve Cohen (D-TN) provided the following statements after the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued a final rule requiring that airlines issue passengers a prompt automatic cash refund for canceled and significantly delayed flights.“Airline passengers deserve compensation for cancelled or significantly delayed … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Mourns the Loss of Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr.

April 24, 2024

Everett, WA—Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement mourning the loss of Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), who served as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials:“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my colleague and friend, Donald M. Payne, Jr. His dedication and work helped advance key legislation, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Funding to Reduce Port Emissions, Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

April 24, 2024

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $148.6 million for 16 projects through the Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities (RTEPF) grant program, which provides funding to reduce truck idling and emissions at ports and port electrification.“By reducing truck emissions, today’s funding will reduce pollution at ports and … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Napolitano Applaud EPA Announcement on “Forever Chemicals"

April 19, 2024

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) issued the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would designate PFAS and PFOA (known as “forever chemicals”) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). By … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Foushee Statements from Hearing on Commuter Rail Industry

April 17, 2024

Washington, D.C. — The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Vice Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Valerie Foushee (D-NC), during today’s hearing, titled, “Getting to Work: Examining Challenges and Solutions in the Commuter Rail Industry.”Video of Larsen’s and Foushee’s opening statements can be found here and here.More … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement from Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence in Transportation

April 16, 2024

Washington, D.C.—The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today’s roundtable titled, “Artificial Intelligence in Transportation.” More information on the hearing can be found here. Ranking Member Larsen:Thank you, Chairman Graves, for holding this roundtable on artificial intelligence in transportation. The roundtable is an opportunity for Members to learn about the … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Funding to Help Under-Served Communities Advance Infrastructure Projects

April 15, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for announcing $23.6 million under the Thriving Communities grant program for entities that help communities to advance transportation projects by providing technical assistance, planning, and capacity building.“All communities deserve access to the investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” Ranking Member Larsen said. … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds $148.3 Million for 70 Airports Thanks to Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

April 10, 2024

Washington, D.C. — Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced $148.3 million in Airport Infrastructure Grant projects for 70 airports, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. “These investments will help ensure that airports across the country will be able to facilitate the movement of passengers and goods safely and efficiently for decades to … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen and Titus Statements from Hearing on FBI’s Real Estate Needs

April 10, 2024

Washington, D.C.—The following are opening remarks from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today’s hearing titled, “From Headquarters Building to Field Offices: Examining the FBI’s Real Estate Needs and Strategy.” Video of Larsen’s and Titus’ opening statements are here and here. More information on the … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen and Norton Applaud Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for Road Infrastructure Resilience

April 10, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for announcing $846 million for 81 projects under the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) grant program. “Climate change is disrupting communities across the country and the … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen and Payne, Jr. Applaud Investments in Pipeline Safety, Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

April 04, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) applauded the announcement of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization grant awards, which provides 130 projects in 26 states with $392 million to repair, rehabilitate, or … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen and Payne, Jr. Applaud FRA Final Rule on Train Crew Size Safety Requirements

April 02, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) applauded the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) issuance of a final rule establishing a minimum requirement for two person crews.  “Trains should be operated at the highest level of safety and allowing trains to do so with only a single worker is incompatible … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement on Collapse of Francis Scott Key Bridge

March 26, 2024

EVERETT, WA - Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the statement below following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. “My heart goes out to the victims of the bridge collapse early this morning in Baltimore and their loved ones. Thank you to the first responders who immediately arrived on the scene and continue to search for survivors,” Ranking Member Larsen said. “While National Transportation Safety Board … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement on Boeing Leadership Transitions

March 25, 2024

EVERETT, WA - Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statement after Boeing announced a series of leadership transitions on Monday. “The Boeing Company needs to get back to what it has done best: designing and engineering the safest and best airplanes in the world. That starts with Boeing getting back to its roots as an engineering company and away from its multi-decades focus of being a financial services … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Larsen, Napolitano Oppose Republican Attack on the Clean Water Act on House Floor

March 21, 2024

Washington, D.C. — In case you missed it, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) took to the House floor to oppose H.R. 7023, the Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act, which would reduce clean water protections for the nation’s rivers, streams, and wetlands and harm communities that depend on access to clean water. Their floor … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Norton Statements from Hearing on Rural Transportation Challenges

March 21, 2024

Washington, D.C.—The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today’s hearing titled, “Rural Transportation Challenges: Stakeholder Perspectives.”Video of Larsen and Norton’s opening statements are here and here.More information on the hearing can be found here.Ranking Member … Continue Reading


T&I Approves Coast Guard Authorization Act

March 20, 2024

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved bipartisan legislation to strengthen, support, and authorize funding for the United States Coast Guard, one of the Nation’s six armed services.  The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2024 (H.R. 7659) supports the Coast Guard and its critical missions to safeguard the Nation’s borders, facilitate maritime commerce, and ensure maritime safety. Additionally, the bill strengthens sexual assault and harassment protections for members of … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen and Payne, Jr. Host Roundtable with House Democrats, Rail Workers and Community Members to Advance Rail Safety

March 13, 2024

Washington, DC - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) are hosting a Democratic roundtable titled, “Listening to Rail Workers and Communities,” where T&I members and Chris Deluzio (D-PA), will hear a range of perspectives from rail workers and community members on the need for Congress to pass rail safety … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Payne, Jr. Statements from Rail Safety Roundtable

March 13, 2024

Washington, D.C.—The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), during today’s Democratic Roundtable, titled, “Listening to Rail Workers and Communities.”More information on the roundtable can be found here.Ranking Member Larsen:Thank you, Ranking Member Payne, Jr. … Continue Reading