On Thursday, December 3, 2015, the U.S. Congress passed a multi-faceted highway transportation bill that will highly benefit the U.S. travel and tourism community.

US Travel Association President Roger Dow said in a press release yesterday,

“We are particularly grateful that the final text of this legislation retains measures backed by the U.S. travel community. We strongly support the provisions to foster cooperation between state and local transportation planners and travel leaders, as well as the creation of a national commission on travel infrastructure.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the gist of the legislation is a $305 billion highway bill that combines the demands of road builders and unions with the wishes of safety advocates and local transit planners.

With the bill to span over a period of five years, there has not been a transportation bill this long in 17 years.

Read more about the bill here.