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  • Beyer Statement on NTSB Recommendations
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendations announced today calling for direct federal safety oversight of Washington’s Metrorail system by the Federal Railroad Administration: “Metro can and should be the nation’s premier public transportation system. I am disheartened by Metro’s seeming inability to get out of this quagmire of problems. I will give today’s NTSB recommendation serious thought, and am eager to hear t... Read more

  • Beyer Backs Full Metro Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer made the following statement this morning regarding H.R. 2577, the funding bill for the Department of Transportation under consideration in the House, which would cut Metro funding by $50 million: “We saw earlier this week at Memorial Bridge what happens when Congress abdicates its responsibility to fund our nation’s infrastructure,” said Rep. Beyer. “Now is not the time to back out of our commitment to the national capital metro system. For the safety of all the thousands ... Read more

  • Beyer Hosts Press Conference at Memorial Bridge
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer was joined by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a press conference at Arlington Memorial Bridge to highlight the neglected condition of the bridge and the critical need for Congress to act on infrastructure improvements. Rep. Beyer delivered the following remarks: “Please, look at this bridge. Two lanes closed on on... Read more

  • Memorial Bridge Lane Closures Demand Federal Action
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Senator Mark Warner (VA), Senator Tim Kaine (VA), Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8) called for stronger federal infrastructure investment, citing the closure of yet a second lane on the iconic and congested Arlington Memorial Bridge as the latest evidence of federal neglect. "There is nothing more emblematic of Congress’ failure to invest in our nation’s infrastructure than the bridge that brings people into our nation’s capital, a national memorial, falling ap... Read more

  • Beyer and Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Predatory Towing
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer joined Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen today to introduce the State and Local Predatory Towing Enforcement Act to crack down on predatory towing practices that leave consumers with costly bills and no recourse for overcharges and unfair treatment. “Unfair and predatory towing practices take money out of our constituents’ wallets and strain their budgets,” said Rep. Beyer. “I am proud to join Rep. Van Hollen to provide our state and local governments with the authority... Read more

  • Happy Bike to Work Day!
    Posted in Blog on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Transportation

    Beautiful day for a ride to work - and I'm not even tire-ed! Read more

  • Beyer Questions Appropriations Bill that Would Cut Metro Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer objected to the House Appropriations Committee vote today to approve the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bill that would cut a full third of Washington Metro Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) funding. “We have already seen the tragic consequences of continuing to bleed the Metro system dry. Just this week we saw another arcing incident which, while thankfully no one was injured, left thousands of riders, shaken, stranded, and late for wo... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds FAA Decision to Review Noise Impact
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer, whose 8th District is home to Reagan National Airport, one of the busiest in the country, applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s announcement today that it plans to conduct a multiyear study of the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. "I look forward to hearing what the FAA finds regarding aircraft noise and the impact it has on the communities surrounding air... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Shortchanging Metro Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer, whose 8th District in Northern Virginia is home to the Silver, Orange, Blue, and Yellow lines, released the following statement on the proposal to cut $75 million from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) funding in this year’s Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill. “This shortsighted plan will jeopardize rider safety, derail improvements to the system, and undermine WMATA’s ability to implement National Transpor... Read more

  • Beyer Rides New Metro Passenger Rail Car
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Transportation

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer joined Governor Terry McAuliffe, Reps. Gerry Connolly and Barbara Comstock, and local and state leaders to tour the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority (WMATA) new 7000 series train cars made by Kawasaki: “These new cars are smarter, sleeker, safer, and far more energy efficient,” said Rep. Beyer. “They are better for the thousands of passengers who rely on the Metro system every day, and they are better for the environment, Northern Virginia, the Commonwealt... Read more