WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 14, approved a $109 billion transportation bill that would give states greater spending flexibility while maintaining the current level of funding for highway and transit projects for two years. The legislation includes funding for highway safety programs and for rebuilding roads, bridges and rail systems.  

The Senate bill also would provide states financial incentives to tighten regulations on distracted driving, require ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders, and establish graduated licensing programs that restrict the driving privileges of teenagers.

Many supporters of the bill expressed hope that its eventual passage will buy some time to develop long-term funding solutions so the nation can better address its aging transportation infrastructure. 

Approved 74-22, the legislation now moves to the House of Representatives.

For more details about the legislation, click here to read the Washington Post’s report.