Rep. Marino Praises House Passage of Route 209 Bill
Washington D.C. – On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 560, a bill introduced by Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) to amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act.
Over 30 years ago, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania transferred Route 209, then a state road, to the National Park Service (NPS). As commercial thru traffic is banned on roads within our national parks, it would also be on this stretch of Route 209. However, a 10 year exemption was made to support the local freight transport industry and because acceptable alternative routes were unavailable. After multiple extensions, the most recent commercial vehicle authorization expired at the end of September 2015. H.R. 560 reinstates access for certain vehicles serving residents of municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWG) until Sept. 30, 2021.
Rep. Marino issued the following statement on the passage of this bill:
“With the closure of Route 209 to commercial traffic, local business owners have been left in a state of uncertainty and countless jobs have been jeopardized. This legislation is critical for the day to day life of thousands of employers, business owners and homeowners in the region. While it took longer than I had hoped, I am glad we have created a final solution that will address this issue and get my constituents back to business as usual. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to waste no time in taking up this legislation so we can offer real relief to the many people affected by this oversight.”
Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) issued the following statement on the passage of this bill:
“This bill will ease traffic and improve accessibility for people who live and work in the surrounding area. It’s a pleasure to work with my Republican colleagues to support small businesses in local communities.”
In the 114th Congress, Rep. Marino introduced similar legislation, H.R. 3620, which passed the House on Feb. 24, 2016. It also passed out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources before being stalled on the Senate floor.