Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Rep. Cartwright Applauds House Passage of Bill Establishing Permit Program for Commercial Vehicles on Route 209

Jan 30, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, H.R. 560, a bill amending the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act, passed the House of Representatives.  Congressman Matt Cartwright is an original cosponsor of this bill, which was introduced by Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA).

Federal law prohibits commercial traffic from entering National Recreation Areas.  This legislation would allow commercial vehicle access for local residents and businesses on Route 209 through the Delaware National Water Gap Recreation Area over the next five years.

“This bill will ease traffic congestion and improve accessibility for people who live and work in the surrounding area,” said Rep. Cartwright. “It’s a pleasure to work with my Republican colleagues to support small businesses in local communities.”

This bill directs the Department of the Interior to establish a permit program and fee for the use of Route 209 by commercial vehicles limited to four axles. Exempt from these regulations are local school buses, fire, ambulance, and other safety and emergency vehicles.

“This legislation is critical for the day to day life of thousands of employers, business owners and homeowners in the region,” Rep. Marino said. “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.”