Congressman Tim Ryan Secures $19.2 Million for Four Northeast Ohio Projects as Part of INVEST in America Act | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Secures $19.2 Million for Four Northeast Ohio Projects as Part of INVEST in America Act

July 1, 2021
Press Release
Ryan’s Hot Cars Act of 2021 also included in INVEST Act

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of the INVEST in America Act, a bill that will create good-paying jobs by modernizing and rebuilding our roads bridges, transit, rail, drinking water and wastewater systems here in Ohio and around the country. The INVEST in America Act included $19.2 million in infrastructure improvements for the 13th Congressional District; as well as Ryan’s Hot Cars Act, which addresses the growing number of deaths of children who are left unintended in hot cars. 

“The INVEST Act is a long-needed shot in the arm for our communities and communities like ours country. This legislation and the projects I was able to secure for Northeast Ohio will be a boom for our local economy, ensuring good paying jobs for our workers and safer roads, new and upgraded bridges, and safer drinking water for our community,” said Congressman Ryan.

The City of Akron will receive $4 million in funding for the North Main Street Complete Streets Project; Cuyahoga Falls will receive $7.2 million for the Gorge Terrace Street Project; Eastgate Regional Council of Governments in Youngstown will receive $4 million for the Route 46/82 intersection in Trumbull County; and Mahoning County will receive $4 million for the Mahoning Avenue Industrial Corridor Project. This funding was included in the House of Representatives passed version of the INVEST in America Act, it still must pass the U.S. Senate, and be signed into law by President Biden.  

Additionally, the INVEST in America Act included Ryan’s Hot Cars Act of 2021, a bill that Ryan has championed for the last three sessions of Congress with his colleague Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) to address the growing number of deaths of children who are left unintended in hot cars. This bill requires the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue a final rule requiring cars to be equipped with a system to alert the driver if a passenger remains in the back seat when a car is turned off. No child should endure the tragedy of dying while trapped in a hot vehicle. This will move us one step closer to getting this inexpensive technology in every car on the road to help save the lives of children nationwide.

“I am proud the Hot Cars Act of 2021 was included in the INVEST in America Act. No child should endure the tragedy of dying while trapped in a hot vehicle. The unfortunate reality is that even good, loving and attentive parents can get distracted. Studies have shown that this can happen to anyone, anywhere,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13). “Our cars can already alert drivers when they leave their keys in the car, their lights on, or their trunk open – his legislation moves us one step closer to making sure every car is also equipped with a system to alert drivers if a passenger remains in the back seat when a car is turned off,” continued Rep. Ryan.

The United States ranks 13th in infrastructure quality and faces a maintenance backlog of over $1 trillion in transportation alone. Modern, sustainable, equitable, and resilient transportation infrastructure is necessary for a thriving, equitable economy that positions the U.S. to win the 21st century.