Transportation & Infrastructure

Darren will continue his longtime advocacy for greater infrastructure investment in our District.  

First and foremost, he is engaging in critical oversight to help keep the I-4 Ultimate improvements on budget and on time, with an expected completion date of 2022.  An expansion of Central Florida's main highway is long overdue and is critical to our future growth.

Second, he is closely monitoring SunRail Phase 2 which is set to open in early 2018 and will serve Meadow Woods, Buenaventura Lakes, Downtown Kissimmee and Poinciana.  He is pushing for funding for SunRail Phase 3 to connect SunRail to Orlando International Airport.  

Our vision is clear: with these projects, Central Floridians will finally have both rail and car options for their daily commute, and we will alleviate congestion on I-4!

Third, Darren will pursue a new control tower for the Kissimmee airport and a runway extension at Lake Wales along with local officials to continue to foster growth in these communities.

Fourth, Darren is fighting to fully fund and provide regulatory support to the multimodal center at Orlando International Airport which will serve as an international terminal, SunRail Station and Brightline Station.  

Under this vision, one day soon, Central Floridians will be able to hop on at any SunRail Station, and take a plane for Orlando International anywhere or high speed train to West Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale, or Miami.

Fifth, Darren will continue to work with local and state leaders to bring new transportation options to Polk County, including the Central Polk Parkway or other alternatives.  We must have additional transportation options beyond US 27 and US 17-92 to keep our community moving forward!

Finally, Darren supports the further development of Florida's ports in neighboring coastal areas to increase our export capacity for agricultural and manufactured products.

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Selected bills on transportation and infrastructure co-sponsored by Congressman Soto:

H.R.233 - Safe Freight Act of 2017 - this bill prohibits the operation of a freight train or light locomotive engine used in the movement of freight unless it has a crew of at least two individuals, one of whom is certified by the Federal Rail Administration as a locomotive operator and the other as a train conductor.

More on Transportation & Infrastructure

July 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) announced that all 10 of the Community Project Funding (CPF) requests he submitted to the House Committee on Appropriations in May were included in FY2022 funding bills. These projects consider the most urgent needs of Florida’s Ninth Congressional District and aim to improve the lives of Central Floridians.

May 28, 2021 Press Release

KISSIMMEE, FL – Today, bipartisan members of the Florida congressional delegation, led by Reps. Darren Soto (D-FL-09) and Michael Waltz (R-FL-06), sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg expressing their support for the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate Project. The project has faced an elongated project schedule as a result of budgetary limitations.

April 27, 2021 Page

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is accepting requests for Member Designated Projects to be included in upcoming surface transportation reauthorization legislation. Congressman Soto has submitted the following projects to the Committee:

 

Project Name: Neptune Road Widening Project

Location: Neptune Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744

July 13, 2020 Press Release

KISSIMMEE, FL – Last week, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration to inquire about the recently 

July 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Darren Soto voted to pass H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, House Democrats’ sweeping legislation to invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, combatting the climate crisis and addressing disparities in communities across Central Florida and throughout the country.

March 20, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) led the Florida Congressional Delegation in sending a letter that requests the Florida Public Service Commission work with the Florida Department of Health and Florida Division of Emergency Management to temporarily suspend disconnections of all water, sewer, electricity and gas services in the State of Florida for 60 days during the national emergency of the coronavirus pandemic. 

March 9, 2020 In The News

"From 535 all the way down to 27 in Polk County, where a lot of the tractor trailers get off of I-4 where the tourism traffic kind of starts to subside, and it goes all the way up through Volusia County,” said U.S. Rep. Darren Soto.

That's the span of I-4 Beyond the Ultimate -- an extension of I-4 Ultimate.

Monday morning, Soto hosted House Transportation Committee Chair Peter DeFazio in Orange County for a roundtable on the construction project.

March 9, 2020 In The News

The overwhelmed stretch of Interstate 4 through the Orlando region is “a poster child for what’s wrong” with the nation’s highways, the chair of the U.S. House transportation committee told Central Florida officials at a meeting Monday.

March 5, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) voted to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening workforce employees – or Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) – are afforded the same worker rights and protections afforded to other Federal workers under Title 5 of the U.S. Code. H.R.

January 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) celebrated the more than 400 bills, including more than 275 bipartisan bills still awaiting action in the GOP-controlled Senate, passed by the Democratic House Majority over the past year.