Legislative language Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) authored to spur development of the Memphis aerotropolis transportation system was added today to the House Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization proposal.
"The need to ship and receive goods more quickly and over longer distances is increasing by the day," said Congressman Cohen. "Establishing aerotropolis transportation systems in Memphis and across the country will spur economic growth, create jobs, improve our shipping transportation network, and enable us to compete more effectively in the 21st Century global economy."
The amendment language Congressman Cohen authored directs the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to encourage the development of aerotropolis transportation systems. Currently, aerotropolis transportation systems are developing in cities across the United States like Memphis, Detroit, and Indianapolis. This amendment language will encourage true intermodal planning and expedite aerotropolis transportation system development in Memphis and across the nation.
Adding this language to the FAA Reauthorization is an important first step in creating a comprehensive federal policy to support aerotropolis development. This language further establishes Congressman Cohen as the nation's aerotropolis leader and solidifies Memphis' important role in moving the aerotropolis concept and America forward.
In the 111th Congress, Congressman Cohen introduced the Aerotropolis Act of 2010, which would ensure that projects that assist in the establishment of aerotropolis transportation systems are eligible to receive federal funds under the Projects of National and Regional Significance Program. The legislation had 15 cosponsors, but no action was taken on the bill.