Advocacy

Ports-to-Plains Alliance advocates for a robust international transportation infrastructure to promote economic security and prosperity throughout North America’s energy and agricultural heartland including Mexico to Canada. Together, we are driving change by sharing our knowledge, experience and education as well as legislating on your behalf. You’ll find resources to help you better understand what we’re doing and how we’re building a truly strong and sustainable transportation system that improves business, economic sustainability, quality of life and mobility.

Federal

Next Steps:

  • Include the language from H.R. 1608 in the transportation reauthorization or infrastructure legislation being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Work with members of Congress to obtain project funding for projects eligible for Member Designated Projects
  • Include the language from S. 705 in the transportation reauthorization or infrastructure legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works or the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Work with Senators to obtain project funding for projects eligible for Member Designated Projects

Federal Policy Priorities

The Alliance supports:

  • A multi-year reauthorization bill;
  • A substantial increase in investment in the national transportation network;
  • A long-term, sustainable fix for the Highway Trust Fund;
  • Continued project delivery reforms to reduce the times for approvals and permitting; and
  • Addressing disparities in rural transportation infrastructure to significantly improve safety and economic competitiveness in all parts of the country.

More specifically, the Alliance recommends that Congress:

  • Increase and prioritize investment in the National Highway System
  • Emphasize Connectivity
  • Restore Federal Leadership

In developing transportation policies and priorities, Congress must also recognize that what works in urban America does not always work in rural America, and vice versa. Federal policies and decision-making should take that into account by not adopting one-size-fits-all policies that limit flexibility. For example—

  • Public-private partnerships.  
  • Overemphasis on traffic counts and freight volume.
  • “Fix it first” investments.
  • Expanding local control over transportation decision-making.
  • In developing transportation policies and priorities, Congress must also recognize that what works in urban America does not always work in rural America, and vice versa. Federal policies and decision-making should take that into account by not adopting one-size-fits-all policies that limit flexibility. For example—
  • The Ports-to-Plains Alliance 2021 Policy Priorities paper provides more details on these priorities and a description of the benefits from the priorities. (link to PDF)

State

The Texas State Legislature will be considering several items associated with the results of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor Interstate Feasibility Study completed in 2020. The study contained recommendations to establish an I-27 Corridor Advisory Committee and the development of an I-27 Corridor Implementation Strategy.

Creation of an I-27 Corridor Advisory Committee

The Ports-to-Plains Advisory Committee recommends TxDOT establish an I-27 Corridor Advisory Committee. The Corridor Advisory Committee will be charged with providing advice and guidance to TxDOT on the implementation priorities of the interstate feasibility study project recommendations to upgrade the Corridor to an interstate facility and the interstate designation of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor in Texas. The Committee will also be responsible for engaging national, state, regional and local stakeholders on I-27 extension status and project development.

As a result, Texas Senator Charles Perry (28) introduced SB1474 and State Representative Four Price (87) introduced HB 3675. Both bills use the same language to create the I-27 Advisory Committee.

I-27 Corridor Implementation Strategy

The Advisory Committee recommends TxDOT develop a Ports-to-Plains Corridor improvements implementation strategy within six months of TxDOT’s Ports-to-Plains Corridor Interstate Feasibility Study Report submission to the Governor and State Legislature.

Interstate Feasibility Study

The Ports-to-Plains Corridor Interstate Feasibility Study as completed in 2020 by the Texas Department of Transportation due to the approval of H.B. 1079 in 2019.  With an extensive process including an Advisory Committee and three Segment Committee, the study demonstrated the benefits of an interstate upgrade of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor to an interstate highway in terms of connectivity, safety and economic benefits. 

Maps

We’ve provided maps to use as a resource. Please feel free to download and save the pdfs for your use.

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