Interstate 89 (copy)

A view of Interstate 89 northbound and southbound. 

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Wednesday announced the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act, which passed out of the Environment and Public Works Committee, will include nearly $1.4 billion for Vermont’s roads, bridges and transit systems.

After the vote, Sanders said: "The vote today, to clear the Environment and Public Works committee, is a major first step for Vermont to receive the federal support it needs to improve our transportation systems. I look forward to helping to advance this bill through the committee process and onto the Senate floor."

Here are six numbers to know about the legislation's impact on Vermont:

$1.4 billion

Money allocated by the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act for Vermont's roads, bridges and transit systems.

5

Number of years the bill authorizes federal spending on transportation.

21%

Increased funding for Vermont in year one.

31%

Increased funding for Vermont throughout the life of the bill.

100%

Reimbursement of state highway repairs made 270 days after disaster.

$40 million

Funding per year, through 2026, toward the National Scenic Byways Program.

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