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A Democratic Congress Could Boost Biden’s Transportation Agenda

Transit advocates and climate activists are hoping that Democratic Senate wins in Georgia can set the stage for big changes in U.S. transportation priorities. 

An aide to then-presidential candidate Joe Biden affixes a poster to an Amtrak train during a campaign stop in Alliance, Ohio, on September. 

An aide to then-presidential candidate Joe Biden affixes a poster to an Amtrak train during a campaign stop in Alliance, Ohio, on September. 

Photographer: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

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For clean transportation advocates, Wednesday, Jan. 6 started out on a high note. Before the invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters ushered out the Trump administration in a new spasm of chaos, the results of the Jan. 5 Georgia Senate runoffs reshaped President-elect Joe Biden’s chances for transformative policymaking across many fronts, including the nation’s roads, bridges and transit systems. 

“This raises the chances that there will be a big stimulus or recovery bill, and that creates a lot of near-term opportunity,” said Beth Osborne, the director of Transportation For America, an advocacy group.