Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Transportation & Infrastructure

We need to rebuild America – beginning with our entire transportation infrastructure. Experts tell us we need to invest $1 trillion to rebuild our crumbling transportation system  – and in the process create some 13 million new good paying middle class jobs in construction, and throughout our economy.

As Minnesota’s only member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, I continue to work on a bipartisan basis to advance a comprehensive, long-term transportation plan with new sources of funding to rebuild our highways, roads, bridges, airports, harbors, railroads, mass transit systems and pipelines. Our ability to grow our 21st Century economy and successfully compete in the global marketplace depends on the progress we make in achieving these goals.

More on Transportation & Infrastructure

Jul 9, 2018 the Monday Report

Soo Locks Expansion Project Gets Big Boost as U.S. Army Corps Releases Economic Study Requested by Nolan 

Thousand-foot-long laker ships like the Great Lakes Trader move the equivalent of 700 rail car loads of Minnesota Iron Range iron ore through the Soo Locks and on to steel mills and manufacturing facilities throughout the Great Lakes region. 

Dear Friend, 

Jul 5, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Congressman Rick Nolan today announced that the Fond du Lac Lake Superior Band of Chippewa will be the recipient of a $744, 929 discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation via the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TIPSF).

Nolan noted that the project involves construction of 1.00 mile of pathway along Mahnomen Road which is located between Brookston Road and Belich Road on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet Minnesota. The road is owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Jun 12, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan Passes Measures to Finish North Country Trail, Repair Soo Locks, and Battle Invasive Species  

Our North Country Scenic Trails bill puts the finishing touches on America’s longest hiking trail.

Dear Friend, 

Jun 11, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Congressman Rick Nolan today announced that the Duluth Sky Harbor airport will be the recipient of a $2,440,000 discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to construct runway 14/32.

The Duluth Sky Harbor airport was founded in 1939 and is located on the end of the world’s longest freshwater sand spit. The Sky Harbor airport has been beautifully integrated into an environment of beaches, trails, and old-growth pine forests.

Jun 11, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Today, the House of Representatives passed U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan’s bipartisan amendment expressing the sense of Congress that the construction of a new lock at the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is vital to our national economy, national security, and national need for new critical infrastructure.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Two key amendments and several major initiatives by U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan were included in the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today.

May 8, 2018 the Monday Report

White House Commits to Soo Locks Renovation!

1000-foot long Laker ships loaded with Minnesota Iron Range iron ore and other products from our region make their way from Lake Superior through the Soo Locks and into the rest of the Great Lakes chain toward the St. Lawrence seaway. 

Dear Friend, 

Apr 30, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan’s Airline Passenger Bill of Rights Amendment Passes House

A simple, one-page explanation of their rights will be available to beleaguered airline passengers like these under my successful bipartisan amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill the House passed last week. 

Apr 30, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has introduced legislation to boost the IRS federal reimbursement rates for charitable drivers from 14 cents to 54.5 cents per mile, equalizing the charitable rate with the rate allowed for business travel. The measure has already been endorsed by the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, and the Seven County Senior Federation based in Mora.

Apr 27, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The 5-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill (H.R.4), $4.35 billion per year to the FAA for infrastructure and technology improvements, passed today by the House included two bipartisan amendments from U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan. The first, a “one pager” consumer bill of rights, requires airlines to provide a simple, one page explanation of compensation when flights are cancelled or delayed, passengers are denied boarding due to overbooking, or bags are lost.