(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters today are lauding a new five-year, $305 billion transportation infrastructure bill set to be considered soon by Congress that would help rebuild America’s highway and rail networks after years of short-term fixes that hampered long-term planning and improvements.

The measure provides a substantial bump in funding from what was included in the House passed version of the bill last month. It also improves motorist safety by rejecting Teamster-opposed provisions that would have removed the ability of the states to implement rest and meal breaks for truck drivers and allowed up to 91,000 pound trucks on interstate highways, which the House wisely rejected earlier. Additionally, the legislation substantially restricts participation to veterans and reservists only in a pilot program designed to test the safety of teen drivers operating on interstate commerce and will include a study of school bus fleet safety.