Transportation remains a top priority for me because of its impact on North Alabama. I firmly believe that the state's transportation system fuels economic development in our area and is vital to the continued growth of our region. Over the years I have worked hard to make sure that North Alabama receives its fair share of federal transportation funding, both in terms of block grants to the state and specific projects when Congressional rules have allowed that. This is important because the expanding of our two-lane highways to four-lane is crucial to safety and to attracting new businesses to the state.
Beyond funding though, there are a number of transportation issues that must be addressed to ensure that our transportation networks operate safely and efficiently. From congestion on our roads to port security, we have reached a point in time when problems in one transportation mode can have a severe impact on all the other modes.