Federal Update | State Infrastructure Investment Impact | Article from FreightWaves on I-27

December 2021  Volume 19  Issue 12


We are a voice for our small town, grassroots members who may otherwise not have access to the right audiences, as well as a conduit for industry to come together in support and promotion of transportation improvements.


We are committed to working as an Alliance to improve transportation infrastructure and business networks opportunities, by advocating for appropriate funding levels, so business and industry can thrive.


We are focused on the economic and business interests that are the lifeblood of the region.


Ports-to-Plains Alliance Federal Update

Since Congress has not yet reached an agreement on the FY22 appropriations bill, a continuing resolution (CR) was passed that maintains FY21 funding levels until Feb 18, 2022. The Ports-to-Plains interstate designation for Texas and New Mexico is in the Senate version of the U.S. DOT funding bill but not the House. We have strong support in the House to include the Senate language in the final omnibus package in February.


If an omnibus appropriations bill does come together and pass in February, we are confident that the designation will be included.  If this does not work out, then we will need to get our stand alone bill moving and/or look for a another vehicle next year.


Congressmen Cuellar and Arrington have drafted a Ports-to-Plains Corridor letter (see below) to the House appropriators and leadership asking that they support inclusion of the Senate designation language. This letter was sent on Friday, December 10.  

Federal update provided by David Pore, Partner at Hance Scarborough & Associates

Letter from Congressmen Cuellar and Arrington to House Appropriators and Leadership


White House Releases Fact Sheets on Infrastructure Investment Impact Nationwide

The White House released updated state and territory fact sheets that highlight the nationwide impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.


The fact sheets highlight how the historic legislation will deliver for states and territories across the country to repair roads and bridges, improve transportation options, build a network of EV chargers to accelerate the adoption of EVs, help connect every American to reliable high-speed internet, eliminate the nation’s lead service lines and pipes for clean drinking water, protect against extreme weather events and cyberattacks and improve our nation’s airports.


In the coming days and weeks, we expect to receive additional data on the impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act state by state.


Individual fact sheets for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories are linked below.


FreightWaves Classics/Infrastructure: Will I-27 become part of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor?


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the
Ports-to-Plains Board of Directors and Staff!

Thank you for your interest and continued support
for the Ports-to-Plains Alliance!


Duffy Hinkle

Vice President of Membership & Marketing

Ports-to-Plains Alliance

PO Box 16226

Lubbock, TX 79490



Joe Kiely

Vice President of Operations

Ports-to-Plains Alliance

PO Box 758

Limon, CO 80828



Cal Klewin

Executive Director

Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association

PO Box 1306

Williston, ND 58802



Deb Cottier


Heartland Expressway Association

337 Main Street

Chadron, NE 69337




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