Transportation & Infrastructure
South Dakota’s wide-open spaces mean the nearest hospital or airport can be many miles away. Federal funding is essential for ensuring that South Dakota’s highways and bridges are properly maintained. I support common-sense infrastructure investments and long-term federal policy, which provides stability and helps keep roads safe for South Dakotans. This investment also ensures efficient movement of goods, and the people who produce them, that are vital to a host of South Dakota industries, including agriculture and tourism. Since being elected to Congress, I have been a strong advocate for infrastructure funding to ensure South Dakota’s transportation needs are met.
Essential Air Service
The Essential Air Service program is especially important in rural states like South Dakota. Ensuring access in and out of these smaller communities makes our local economies stronger, provides consumers with greater choices, and makes the entire commercial airline network more valuable. I have been working to maintain the Essential Air Service for years and have strongly discouraged any moves by the U.S. Department of Transportation that threatens reliable air travel for our smaller airports like Pierre and Watertown.
Highlights of Senator Thune’s Commitment to:
|7/25/22||Thune, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Address Pilot Shortage|
|5/3/22||Thune Questions Transportation Secretary on Rural Priorities, Automated Vehicles|
|3/22/22||Committee Unanimously Passes Thune Bill to Ease Export Shipping Backlogs and Boost U.S. Exports|
|2/9/22||Thune: Biden Prioritizes Pet Projects Instead of Addressing Rampant Supply Chain Crisis|
|5/28/21||An American Transportation Revolution|
|2/23/21||Thune, Sinema Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve and Maintain Tribal Infrastructure|
|1/21/21||Thune Questions Secretary of Transportation Nominee Mayor Pete Buttigieg|
|9/15/20||Blackburn, Thune Move to Expand TSA PreCheck Enrollment Options for Rural Americans|
|6/4/20||Thune: COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights How Critical Transportation is to Our Economy|
|2/28/20||Thune, Sinema Introduce Bill to Improve and Maintain Tribal Infrastructure|