Biden will praise FREE Kansas City bus service as he flies to Missouri to promote infrastructure
Biden will praise Kansas City’s FREE bus service as he flies to Missouri to promote new $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill
- Biden flies to Kansas City on Wednesday
- He will discuss the city’s ‘zero-fare’ plan for buses
- It eliminated tariffs at the start of the pandemic
- State Wants To Replace Buck O’Neil Bridge Over Missouri River
- His day trip comes amid threat of further Russian invasion of Ukraine
President Joe Biden will fly to Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday to promote the new $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill — where he will highlight the city’s “zero fare” system to promote public transportation.
Biden is selling the infrastructure bill and the billions for roads, bridges and buses it provides, even as he tries to rally enough votes to push his $1.8 trillion “Build Back Better” plan through the Senate.
The president will visit the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, where he will discuss how the landmark investment in the bipartisan infrastructure bill will generate more than $670 million in formula funding for public transportation,” White House press secretary Jen said. Psaki, Tuesday.
She said the money would “make commuting easier so people can get to work and home faster.” The city is also expanding its tram program, with free rides there, such as with city buses.
President Joe Biden to discuss Kansas City’s zero fare program for buses as he touts new $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill
Biden will try to make his domestic political pitch a day after a tense two-hour phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, fearing an invasion after Russia has gathered tens of thousands of troops at the border.
The White House says the funds will help Kansas City’s zero-fare issuance plan. The city has completely dumped bus fares at the start of the pandemic in 2020 and wants the program to continue. Psaki called it an “ambitious” plan “to reduce pollution and increase opportunities by providing good public transportation.”
According to the White House, people in Missouri who travel on public transportation spend an additional 80 percent of their time commuting. Kansas City is also switching its bus fleet to electric vehicles.
City cut bus fares during the pandemic
White House press secretary Jen Psaki previewed the trip on Tuesday
The city praises the social and climate benefits
Biden is likely to talk to local officials about replacing a bridge named for Kansas City Monarchs star Buck O’Neil, who was posthumously voted into the MLB Hall of Fame
As he has on trips to New Hampshire and Maryland while selling the law, Biden will raise money for bridges. Psaki said Missouri — a GOP-leaning state that Biden didn’t carry — will receive $7 billion for highways and bridges with a projected 30 percent increase in federal funding.
Biden will also tout the law’s support for the cities’ upgrades to the “old and overwhelmed sewage system, which could cost the city $1.4 billion to complete.” It is set to receive $860 million for water infrastructure, in a law promoting clean drinking water for funds to replace lead pipes.
Biden will also point to the bipartisan support for the bill — which mostly came in the Senate — by the state’s GOP governor Mike Parson, among others. Two House Democrats, Rep. Sharice Davids and Emmanuel Cleaver, will also join.
He is also expected to talk about replacing the 60-year-old Buck O’Neil Bridge over the Missouri River.
It is named after the late Kansas City Monarchs star Buck O’Neil — a mainstay of the city’s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, who was just voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.