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:
|5/17/06||Johnson, Thune and Herseth Release Letter Defending DM&E Project|
|2/15/06||Thune Statement on STB's Approval of Major South Dakota Rail Project|
|11/18/05||Thune Announces Important Transportation and Economic Development Projects for South Dakota|
|11/5/05||Thune's Legislation Could Lead to Thousands of South Dakota Jobs|
|8/25/05||Aberdeen receives $450,000 transportation grant|
|8/15/05||Finally, Progress in the Senate|
|8/10/05||Thune Statement on President Signing Highway Bill|
|7/28/05||Thune Secures $150 Million in Transportation Projects for South Dakota|
|7/28/05||Thune - Johnson Announce $225 Million in Funding for South Dakota in Transportation Bill|