Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“The U.S. Senate today approved a historic infrastructure bill that will help create jobs and strengthen America’s global competitiveness. This nearly $1 trillion infrastructure investment will help the St. Louis region make critical investments in our transportation networks – including roads and bridges, rail, transit, ports, airports, water systems, and broadband.

“The STL 2030 Jobs Plan calls for investing in multimodal freight infrastructure to strengthen the metro’s advantage in manufacturing and transportation and logistics as well as expanded transit and digital access to better connect St. Louisans to opportunities, no matter where they live. The bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. Senate today addresses these priorities and we look forward to working with regional stakeholders to capitalize on this investment opportunity.

“On behalf of the bi-state St. Louis business community, we applaud our federal delegation in the U.S. Senate who made passage possible. Most notably, we thank Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) for their leadership. We encourage our delegation in the U.S. House to support the bipartisan infrastructure bill and pass it without delay so we can begin to address our region’s infrastructure needs.”