Washington D.C. –Today, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) announced that the East End District will receive $603,646 in federal funding to improve roadway safety by supporting communities in developing comprehensive safety action plans.
“On average, 640 people die on Houston-area roads every year,” said Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia. “This program will prevent deaths and severe injuries on our streets. These tragedies are preventable. Resources to reduce roadway fatalities are essential to our community’s safety. I have long advocated for better infrastructure, and I’m glad to see these dollars go to my district to make this happen.”
“These federal funds were generated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which I proudly supported in the 117th Congress,” added Congresswoman Garcia. “I put people over politics and voted to support these laws because I knew they would benefit our local communities.”
“We’re grateful for the support of Congresswoman Garcia and the partnership with Traffic Injury Research Foundation to secure the grant,” said East End President Veronica Chapa Gorczynski. We are also grateful for the support of the City of Houston and the Houston-Galveston Area Council — essential partners in our effort. This investment is critical to understanding challenges of railroad safety and our high-injury network, identifying opportunities along our corridors, and researching innovative strategies to promote safe and equitable transportation improvements in one of the most diverse communities in the Houston region.”
This award is administered by the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. Projects under this program intend to support local initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets. Additionally, this program helps correct years of lack of investment in the safety needs of underserved communities.
Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent the Texas 29th Congressional District. She serves on the Financial Services Committee.