WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright this week joined the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and other legislators to highlight the local impact of the bipartisan infrastructure deal in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Cartwright highlighted what this bill actually means, not just in board strokes, but for the residents of Luzerne County.

“In Northeastern Pennsylvania, this bill is going to create good paying jobs and position our area for strong economic growth into the future,” said Cartwright, D-Moosic. “The passenger rail funding will enable Amtrak to build out its proposed Scranton-to-NYC line, generating $87 million per year in economic activity.”

Cartwright added, “We will be able to bring broadband into every corner of rural Northeastern Pennsylvania so it’s affordable and accessible, something that’s critical when we rely on the internet for so much. We’ll even be able to support efforts to reclaim the more than 300 abandoned mine land sites across our region that have scarred our landscape for so long. We can do truly transformative things when we invest in ourselves like we are now. Democrats are proud to deliver this plan to create more jobs, rebuild all the infrastructure that makes our country run, and ensure our nation and our businesses have the best competitive edge in the global economy.”

Cartwright said many roads, bridges and sewer systems in Northeastern Pennsylvania need investment, they need to be rebuilt and need to be upgraded,…

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